Mercedes’ 1950s supercar tops Goodwood fixture. Bonhams' 300SL Gullwing was a garage door opener ventura UK-market example finished in desirable silver DTR Vauxhall came second at Spa in ' Highest price at Bonhams' Goodwood Members' Meeting sale on 20 March went to a rare UK-supplied '55 Mercedes 300SL Coupe that had been with the same owner since ' At ?841k, it made far more than the ?2000 for which it last changed hands, but short of its ?1million upper estimate. Of more humble stock but offering impeccable history was the ex-Gerry Marshall/Peter Brock Vauxhall Magnum.
The car, which came second in the 1977 Spa 24 Hours, made ?93k. A one-owner 1987 Ford RS200 that had been in storage since 1994 and needed recommissioning fetched ?147k, while other hot Fords included a 2494-mile '92 Escort RS Cosworth that made a huge ?67,5 With a mere 85km on the clock, the left-hand-drive Lotus Elise that was on offer must be the garage door opener ventura thing to a brand-new S1 currently available, in which context the ?23k paid was fair. A perfect, restored Peugeot 205GTI fetched a massive ?25k at Anglia Car Auctions’ fixture on 9 April, although equally eye-opening was the 8705-mile Ford Escort XR3i that smashed its ?12-15k estimate to make a vast ?21k. At ?50k, a Broadspeed-modified Mk1 Capri 3000E also doubled its estimate.
Unmolested American muscle was in demand at Barrett-Jackson's Florida sale from 8-10 April. Highest price went to a '69 Ford Boss 429 Mustang that made a phenomenal ?387k. A '67 Corvette convertible in the rare colour combination of Ermine White with red leather fetched ?127,9 There may have been few outstanding results at Osenat's Fontainebleau sale on 20 March, but a lovely c1913 Lorraine Dietrich doubled its upper estimate to make ?40,3 In the same ownership for the past 52 years, the wonderfully patinated Edwardian was a former garage door opener ventura at the Musee des 24 Heures in Le Mans.