Bonhams unveil line-up for Goodwood Festival of Speed auction

John Lennon's former right-hand drive Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coup� finished in Azzuro blue paint
John Lennon's former right-hand drive Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coup� finished in Azzuro blue paint

The auctioneers has released a long list of cars and automobilia to be auctioned of at the highly-anticipated festival next month.

Leading the way is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 in which five-time Formula 1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio won two grands prix on his way to his second World Drivers’ Championship.

Other headline cars include the 1955 Maserati 300S Sports-Racing Spider that finished third in the 1955 Sebring 12-Hours and a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 ‘Le Mans’ Tourer that was originally owned by the 3rd Viscount Ridley (£1.4m - £1.8m).

Two Ferraris will also share the limelight. A 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast that is one of only six right-hand drive models made is estimated at £800,000 to £1 million, while the 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé bought by John Lennon the day he passed his driving test is estimated to realise more than £180,000.

Another important motor car, ‘NOJ 392’, the Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car that was the Works team entry in the 1953 Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours, is estimated at £500,000 to £600,000, and the Lotus Cortina competition saloon in which Sir John Whitmore won the 1965 European Touring Car Championship is estimated at £90,000 to £120,000.

Among other lots of interest is the earliest right-hand-drive Porsche 911S imported into the UK (estimate £15,000 - £20,000). The 1966 short-wheelbase coupé was once part of Porsche Cars’ press fleet, and is offered for sale in need of comprehensive restoration, in the model’s 50th anniversary year.

The automobilia section will feature some 250 lots, including literature, artwork, glass and metal mascots, picnic sets, luggage, watches and models.

Highlights include an extremely fine specially-commissioned picnic and tea-set for four people made by Louis Vuitton c.1906 (estimate £40,000 - £50,000). The black leather-cloth case, lined with yellow fabric, has a compartmentalised interior with a lift-out tray, and is fitted with a full complement of fine accessories.

The sale will feature three items of memorabilia relating to Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, including a signed Porsche 917 steering wheel and the actor’s leather aviator jacket. Both are estimated to realise between £10,000 and £12,000. The jacket, in dark brown leather with fur-lined collar, features in numerous photographs of the star.

Other lots of interest include the registration number ‘NO 1’, which is estimated to realise between £80,000 and £100,000 and a 1930s Vitesse glass mascot by Rene Lalique (£4,000 - £5,000).

Artworks on sale include two paintings by Frederick Gordon Crosby.

The festival will run for 3 days from July 12-14. The auction is set to take place on Friday, July 12.