1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster Sells For £1,390,000

1964 Shelby Cobra
1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster sold for £1,390,000 - Images courtesy of Bonhams Auction

A stunning 1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster set the Bonhams 20th Goodwood Revival Sale alight selling for an eye-watering £1,390,000.

On 8 September, Bonhams 20th Goodwood Revival Sale took place achieving sales of just under £16 million.

Amongst the big hitters were a host of historic racers, including the 1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster, which inspired some intense bidding in the room, on the telephones and online.

The eventual sale hit the dizzy heights of £1,390,000 – a European auction record for the marque.

1964 Shelby Cobra
1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster sold for £1,390,000 – Images courtesy of Bonhams Auction

Other stand out sellers were an ex-TWR JaguarSport 1990 Jaguar XJR-11 Group C Sports Prototype which eventually sold for £1,191,000, a world record for the model at auction.

A further notable highlight was the elegant 1955 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette, previously used by HM The Queen, that subsequently sold for £800,000.

The ex-Alan Mann Racing 1968-69 Type Ford P68 ‘F3L’ Group 6 Endurance Racing Coupé also sold for £511,750 to a bidder who had tried it for size – with his race helmet – the previous day, and the striking ex-Maserati works team Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 624 Racing Car Transporter that starred in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans sold for £402,500.

1964 Shelby Cobra
1964 Shelby Cobra 289ci Competition Roadster sold for £1,390,000 – Images courtesy of Bonhams Auction.

British marques performed very strongly across the board, with the 1937 Jaguar SS100 3½-Litre Roadster achieving £631,000, a European auction record, the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 to GT Specification selling for £563,500. The 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack Sports Saloon sold for £345,000 and the 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sedanca Coupé for £345,000.

Iconic designs – both classic and modern – performed consistently well throughout the sale, with models such as the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster achieving £754,200 and the ex-Keith Richards 1972 Ferrari 246 GT ‘Dino’ Coupé selling for well above estimate at £442,750, a world record for this specification at auction.

Other highlights included:

  • UK Vehicle registration number ‘RR 1’ sold for £460,000, a world record for a registration plate at private auction
  • 1924 Bugatti Type 30 Two-Seater Racer sold for £540,500
  • The 1995 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV Convertible, the last Corniche IV built, achieved a world-record price for the model of £255,300
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