Worldwide collectors and vintage car enthusiasts witnessed the breaking of several world records at the Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale held on Friday 29 June, which lead on its way to collect an astounding $34.35 million in the festival’s 20th anniversary year. Out of the selection of 80 automobiles that crossed the auction block, the ex-Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin 1929 4 ½-liter supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley single-seater and ‘The Corgi’, a 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’ Double Pullman Limousine sold for record breaking prices of $7.8 million and $7.3 million respectively. Also, we have earlier seen that a right hand drive open-top stunning red Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, which was expected to fetch a price of $590,000 to $650,000, got sold for whopping $876,930 at this sale. However, Bonhams actually expected that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect place to sell two of Britain’s most iconic cars.
Achieving highest price for a British-made car sold at a public auction, the legendary single-seater 1929 ‘Blower’ Bentley, which when new raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph was sold as part of a collection once owned by famed watchmaker George Daniels of seven cars, two motorcycles and assorted automobilia.
As per the auctioneer, the price achieved for the George Daniel’s ‘Birkin’ Bentley most glamorous car of that era is truly a fitting tribute to one of the 20th Century’s greatest artist engineers who hand-made some of the world’s most desirable watches and a huge Birkin fan.
The car represents both an incredible piece of British racing and engineering heritage, and a remarkable achievement. And, following its race career, the car was converted into a two-seater roadster before being acquired by George Daniels.
However, Bonhams has not given any word on the identity of the buyer, who did successful bidding for this rare ‘Birkin’ Bentley.
Further, the second record breaking car ‘The Corgi’ Rolls-Royce, widely recognized as the company’s ‘Silver Ghost’ production to survive fetched an astounding $7.3 million, a price more than double its estimated price of $3.2 million, thus becoming one of the most expensive Rolls-Royce cars in the world.
Known for carrying an opulent and imposing design in name and style, this particular car echoed the luxurious “Pullman’ railway carriages pioneered by a noted American George Pullman.
Soon after it was introduced in 1906, the 40/50hp Rolls-Royce soon established itself as the finest automobile in the world. "The Corgi" is truly a singular example not only for what it is but also for what it means to generations of collectors who grew up with its Mettoy model.