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Racing Porsche tops £2 million at Bonhams

An ex-works and ex-Martini International Team Porsche 908.02 was sold for £2,185,500 at Bonhams’ 30 November sale.

The Le Mans long-tail Flunder made its racing debut as an open-cockpit works Spyder, driven by Vic Elford and Richard Attwood in the 1969 Sebring 12-Hours classic in Florida. Running as car number 30, it finished in seventh place.

In 1970 it was one of a fleet of Flunder-bodied Spyders raced by the Martini International Team, competing at Brands Hatch, Spa and Le Mans.

It subsequently appeared in the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. It has been fully restored by Porsche specialist Willison Werkstatt of Florida.

Other notable cars at the Bond Street sale included four from the Maranello Rosso Collection. Our favourite was a 1965 Abarth Simca Long-Nose World Champion coupe, which was snapped up for £225,500.

A highly-appealing Brooklands racer was also on offer. The ex-works Alpine Cup winning 1934 Talbot AV105 fetched £1,379,100.

This made Elton John’s Ferrari seem rather a bargain – the low-mileage 1972 Dino 246GT coupe sold for £259,100.

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By Claire Evans

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