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World record for Porsche 550

Published 12 September 2016

An original 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder was a runaway success at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale. The car made £4,593,500 - a new world record for a Porsche 550 model – when it went under the hammer on 10 September.

The car was part of Bonham’s £14.5 million Goodwood sale, said James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director. Knight, who was auctioneer on the day, added, ‘The saleroom was packed full of enthusiastic bidders, with clients phoning in from all around the globe, leading us to sell more than 70% of lots, and creating a world record price for a Porsche 550 Spyder.’

A 1950 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica also sold well, achieving £610,000. The car was famously campaigned by great racing driver Roy Salvadori in the early 1950s. Elsewhere, tenacious bidding for a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon, finally soaring above estimate to achieve £455,100.

Further auction highlights include a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta, sold above estimate for £299,420; a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 ‘Flat Floor’ 3.8 sold for £253,500; a 1928 Bentley 6½ 8-Litre Sports sold for £406,940; a 1962 Lotus Elite Series II Super 95 Coupé, low-mileage but with no racing history, still sold far above estimate for £103,420; while a 1965 Ferrari 275 GT Berlinetta sold for £1.5 million.

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