In pictures: Goodwood’s Festival of Speed sale

By Tom Wiltshire

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an iconic event in the motoring calendar, full of high-octane thrills, as a massive variety of incredible cars grace the lawns and hill-climb course of the Goodwood estate in Sussex.

But away from the hubbub of revving engines and smartly-dressed champagne quaffers sits the Bonhams tent – site of the auction house’s Festival of Speed sale.

Some truly spectacular cars are set to go under the hammer this year – we’ve rounded up a few of the most exciting…

1957 BMW 507 Roadster


Possibly one of the most beautiful BMWs ever built, this example brings back memories of 2016 – when BMW celebrated its centenary year at the FoS. This John Surtees-owned example presents in immaculate condition and is expected to fetch in excess of £2 million.

2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport


The last Bugatti Veyron SS ever built, this is a stunning example of one of the world’s most famous cars. It’s finished in black on black with a red interior, has covered just 340 miles from new and is estimated at £1.7m.

2011 Aston Martin One-77 Q-Series


So named as there were only 77 examples built, this Aston is even rarer than most – one of only seven Q-Series One-77s. With an auction estimate of £1.65m, the auction listing notes that this example of ‘the world’s most desirable automotive art form’ presents in as-new condition.

1965 Aston Martin DB5


Want to own a slice of James Bond history? An estimated £1.2m could buy you this genuine ex-Goldeneye car – driven by Pierce Brosnan in the hit movie. The listing calls it ‘the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold’ – and it’s certainly one of the most iconic.

1955 Austin-Healy 100S Sports Racing


As-yet unregistered in the UK, this is one of only 50 original competition Austin-Healy 100S’. It’s a successful club racer that’s bound to be popular in numerous historic racing circles – and a comparative bargain with an auction estimate of £580,000.

2014 Land Rover Defender SVX ‘Spectre’


Another slightly more modern piece of Bond history is this Land Rover Defender, having featured in 2015’s Spectre. It’s one of 10 built for the film, extensively modified by the manufacturer to be the ultimate in off-road dominance. It’s estimated to hit £220,000 when it goes under the hammer.

1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet


There’s nothing quite like a convertible Mercedes, is there? This 1953 example is a gorgeous old thing, one of very few right-hand drive examples and benefitting from a professional restoration. It’s estimated to reach £220,000.

1932-34 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Grand Prix Monoposto


This Grand Prix racer won the 1935 Donington Grand Prix and is noted as ‘one of the most important designs in racing history’. Formerly owned by Scuderia Ferrari and Richard Shuttleworth, it has a fully documented racing history and is estimated to sell for a staggering £4.5 million.