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Highest auction price ever for a Lagonda achieved at Goodwood Revival

Legendary pre-war racer, EPE 97, achieved the highest price for a Lagonda model to date at auction at the Goodwood Revival sale, going under the hammer for £1,569,500.

The 1936 LG45R Rapide was a Fox & Nicholl team car and competed at many well-known events including the Grand Prix de l'ACF at Montlhéry, the RAC Tourist Trophy, the British Racing Drivers’ Club 500-Miles and the 1937 Le Mans 24-Hours.

Another historically-significant car to sell was an OM 665 SS MM Superba. The 1930 model was a class winner in the Mille Miglia in its debut year. It sold for £1,255,900 - more than £300,000 above its higher price estimate.

There were plenty of glamorous Italian supercars, many of them exceeding the predicted prices, but one post-war racer that stood out couldn’t have been more different.

The 1964 Mini Cooper S competition saloon at the sale had been raced for most of its life, competing frequently at Goodwood and Spa, and winning the HSCC pre-’66 Touring Car Championship three times. Since 2005, it has been entered into 50 races, winning 26, and recording 16 fastest laps. An extremely desirable little car, its selling price far exceeded the estimate at £85,500.

Well-known cars weren’t the only ones to sell for far more than expected, though. A 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster went for £651,100 – more than £100,000 above the estimate. And a beautifully restored 1966 230SL achieved £104,540 – close to double its lower prediction. 

By Claire Evans

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