Just this past January in Scottsdale, RM Auctions sold one for an investment-worthy $401k. But during its sale at the Goodwood Members' Meeting this past weekend, rival auction house Bonhams set a new record for the prototypical hot hatch at £287,100 – equivalent at today's exchange rates to over $427,000.
The pristine white 1985 example has had three owners to date and 26,000 miles on the odometer, and was joined by a 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B rally car that won the 1983 championship and sold for nearly as much as its road-going counterpart at £253,480 ($377k).
Those weren't even the highest-grossing lots at the auction though. The headline price was achieved by a 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe that sold for a nice round £470,000 ($700k). Other highlights included a 1962 Aston Martin DB4s that went for the equivalent of $382k and a '66 Aston DB6 Vantage that brought in $288k.
This was just the first of three auctions that Bonhams will hold at Goodwood this year, with the Festival of Speed scheduled for June 26 and the Revival for September 12.
at Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting sale
21 Mar 2015, Goodwood 73rd Members' Meeting
The ex-Kitty Maurice 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé was the top lot of the day, selling for £470,000.
1980s models achieved excellent prices, with the 1985 Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé setting a new world auction record for the model at £287,100, and the ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car selling for £253,480.
The first of three Bonhams auctions scheduled at Goodwood for 2015, the Sale saw three-quarters of motor cars finding new homes.
Restoration projects also proved popular, with a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Sports Saloon achieving £256,860, and a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupé doubling estimate at £32,200.
Bonhams inaugural Sale at the 73rd Goodwood Members' Meeting showed a strong trend for iconic 1980s sports cars, achieving a new world auction record for an Audi Quattro as the hammer fell at £287,100 for the 1985 Sport SWB Coupé model.
Enthusiasts with a penchant for rallying were also served well by the day's Sale, as the ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car that won Mikkola the 1983 World Drivers' Championship went under the hammer, selling for £253,480. Also of motorsport provenance, the ex-Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Ari Vatanen, Björn Waldegård, David Sutton (Cars) Ltd, 1975 Ford Escort RS1800 Rally Car, sold for £85,500.
Elsewhere, keen bidders vied to take home some challenging restoration project cars, with the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV selling for £256,860, the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage selling for £194,140, and a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupé soaring to double its estimate, achieving £32,200.
James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: "We have enjoyed offering some magnificent motor cars at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Meetings over the past twenty years and we are thrilled to add the Members' Sale to this portfolio.
"We have offered a varied cross-section of motor cars, with tremendous interest expressed across the board. A noticeable demand for sports cars of the 1980s has been evident at our inaugural event, complementing the more modern cars competing at the Meeting. This is a Sale that will certainly grow."
Other notable results included the unique Pininfarina bodied 1968 Bentley T-Series 'Coupé Speziale', achieving £250,140; a 1959 Jaguar XK150S Roadster, selling for almost treble estimate at £225,500; and a 1961 Jaguar Series 1 Flat Floor Roadster sold for £158,300.
Bonhams record breaking motoring department will host two further sales at the Goodwood estate in 2015: the Festival of Speed Sale (26 June) and the Revival Sale (12 September).