U.K. auction house Bonhams is gearing up for one of the hottest classic car events of the year, their annual Festival of Speed Sale at Goodwood, taking place July 9. This time around they've got some important race cars that probably belong in museums, as well as some iconic supercars geared towards the deep-pocketed collector. Here are our five favorites:
The last ever Alfa to race at Le Mans, this powerful prototype was driven by Andrea De Adamich and Nino Vaccarella to finish fourth overall in the 1972 race. A true piece of Italian motoring history, estimated at $2.5mm USD—$3mm USD.
Equally important from another era, this sleek racer was the first Maserati to be imported into Argentina. Its bright red livery and 150-plus hp performance is matched by its exotic provenance. Estimated at $1.2mm USD to $1.8mm USD.
Keeping in the landmark Italians groove, this seminal Formula 1 single-seater was campaigned in various historic racing series, including the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, during the 1980s. Estimated at $1.2mm USD—$1.8mm USD.
Moving on to something more modern, here's the car Bonhams called "Ferrari’s 40th birthday gift to itself;" the last car to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari; and the first production road car with a top speed of more than 200 mph. Estimated at $1.1mm USD—$1.7mm USD.
Last but not least is a beautiful Brit with impressive provenance, having formerly been owned by Peter Sellers, The Earl of Snowdon and HRH Princess Margaret, and Viscount Linley. A true "gentleman's express" as it was known, estimated at $1.8mm USD—$2.4mm USD.