The Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s fastest and loudest car show, starts in a few days. As we prepare our eyeballs for the supercar premiers and record runs up the hill, it’s worth noting that Bonhams will also be there to tempt you to sell your lesser organs for a new set of vintage wheels. And these six race cars from the upcoming auction are our favorites:
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Competition Coupé:
Built to FIA-HTP competition specification by Adam Ruddle, a Tesla engineer, with assistance from Claremont Corvette of Kent, England, this 327-powered C1 is a tribute to the car that competed in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans by Scuderia Scirocco. Since completion, it has been raced at the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Silverstone Classic. Refreshed over the winter, it’s now ready to go back out there. It will never be Cobra fast, but that’s hardly the point.
1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Coupé (DBMkIII Prototype):
Oh, I remember this one!
This early DB Aston is quirky, packing so much style it’ll make you forget about multi-million dollar concours champions in an instant. It’s also a 1958 Monte Carlo Rally entrant, and a prototype that’s been owned by the same person for the last 33 years. Feel like a challenge? This unique proposition comes in a “well-used but sound condition, complete with minor body blemishes, the odd bit of cracked paintwork, sagging headlining, crumpled carpets and much of the lettering on the control knobs worn away.” It also comes with a great story.
1965 McLaren M1B Group 7 ‘Can-Am’:
Do you think it’s time to grow more hair on a number of your body parts? Would you like to know what “the most potent McLaren M1B” is like on a fast circuit like Goodwood’s? Does your list of hobbies include “chasing people in their Lola T70s”? Do your answers read as “yes”, “yes” and “hell yes”? The McLaren M1B might just be the right car for you. But check with your life insurance agent first.
1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Modifié Torpedo:
While perhaps not as quick as some of Bugatti’s smaller Gran Prix cars or a supercharged inline-eight, this 1496cc Type 23 Brescia is a highly original and well-documented example with a funky two-seater torpedo body, built by Lavocat in 1923. It’s an expensive, but equally rewarding tool for those looking for the very physical pre-war road-racing experience.
This Alfa Romeo just doesn’t want to stop racing. It was rebuilt from the ground up in the 1970s, only to be hammered through one hillclimb after another in the following decades. It may not be the most original 6C out there, but according to Bonhams, it does use a pair of cabin blowers from the de Havilland Vampire jet fighter as superchargers. What more could you ask for?
1957 Porsche 356A 1.7:
This early 356 is a four-time Carrera Panamericana competitor built for one purpose: to make it to the fifth, the sixth and beyond. The tiny-seeming 1.7-liter engine is a lot in a car that weighs nothing, and these are light as a feather. Air-cooled cars in vibrant colors make the world a better place.