An ex-Works Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR that finished 4th at the 1973 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Herbie Müller and Gijs van Lennep is the jewel in the line-up at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on 9 September. Known by the factory team as ‘R7’, it is one of only four Martini Racing RSRs thought to have survived from eight that were built, and carries a pre-sale estimate of £3,750,00 – 5,750,000.
Other highlights include a 1967 Toyota 2000GT that claimed a 'Best in Show' award at the 2022 London Concours (estimate £700,000 – 900,000); a right-hand drive UK-spec 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring with 69,000 miles, owned by the consignor for the past 23 years (estimate £650,000 – 750,000); and a 51,000-mile, three-owner 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, one of 131 built with the ‘X-Pack’ performance upgrade (estimate £250,000 – 300,000).
Gooding & Company returns to Hampton Court Palace on 1 September for its third visit accompanying the Concours of Elegance. Heading the 42-car catalogue is a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM/53 Spider guided at £2,500,000 – 3,000,000. Supplied new to the Dominican diplomat, playboy and racing driver Porfirio Rubirosa, chassis 0328 M is one of just six Vignale Spiders built to enable privateer racers to compete in the under-two litre class, Rubirosa debuting the car in the 1953 12 Hours of Reims. Sold on soon after, it continued to be campaigned in Europe before entering the vendor’s ownership in 1960.
Brightwells are holding a single-lot timed online auction for a 1924 Alfa Romeo RLS Targa Florio, with bidding opening on 2 September and closing on the 6th. Estimated to fetch £250,000 – 300,000, this 3rd Series car was restored by Neil Twyman in the late ‘90s at a cost in excess of £100,000 and has been a frequent entrant at Goodwood Members’ Meetings.
Pre-War machinery on offer at H&H’s next sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 20 September includes a 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre 'Le Mans' Style Tourer, originally owned by Prince George Imeretinsky of the Georgian Royal Family – one of the ‘Bentley Boys’ (estimate £380,000 – 450,000). Built initially as a Sports Four-Seater, it was later rebodied as a Le Mans Style Tourer, and has formed part of the present owner’s collection since being purchased from renowned marque specialist Stanley Mann in 2012. A 1935 Frazer Nash BMW 319 with unique 328/315 style aluminium coachwork is guided at £90,000 – 110,000, while the sale also features a 1932 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis Supercharged Speed Model, the subject of a comprehensive £70,000 restoration between 1990 and 1994 (estimate £90,000 – 110,000).
Historics heads to Bicester Heritage on 23 September, where a 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R is set to cross the block with an estimate of £85,000 – 100,000. One of a limited run of 750 examples, it’s covered 25,389 miles and delivers 577bhp, topping out at 198 mph, with 0-62mph reached in 3.6 seconds.
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