Galaxie reaches astronomical auction price

Goodwood Revival | Press Article 17/04/24

Bonhams led the charge in a busy week for the motoring auction world, with the Goodwood Revival Meeting sale achieving an astonishing £10,731,518 on September 9.

The collection of the legendary ‘Gentleman Jack’ Sears was a highlight of the sale, with the ex-Willment Racing Team, ex-Jack Sears 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 (£180,000-220,000)achieving a world-record price of £471,900, more than double its pre-sale estimate.

Applause rang out in the saleroom as the hammer fell, and the 7-litre titan of the British Saloon Car Championship (now BTCC) found a worthy new home.

The rest of the Sears collection sold rapidly, including the 1948 MG Midget TC Roadster (£18,000-22,000) and the 1996 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth Sports Saloon (£12,000-15,000)which sold for £28,750 and £25,300 respectively.

The timeless 1973Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta sold above estimate, achieving £606,300. Elsewhere, rally and race cars proved popular throughout the sale.

The Peter Riley/Tony Ambrose, 1961 Acropolis Rally class winner, ex-Rauno Aaltonen, 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I sold for £236,700 to a bidder in the busy marquee, whilst the ex-Alan Good/Doreen Good, 1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car (£250,000-300,000) sold for well over estimate, selling for £371,100 to a bidder on the telephone. 



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