Land Rover celebrated a 70th anniversary, too. It assembled a parade of 70 cars on the festival’s first day and paraded them slowly and in date order up the famous hill climb. There were short Landies and long ones, station wagons and ragtops, and fire trucks and farm diggers in a half-mile parade led by a recreation of the original Jeep-based 'centre steer' prototype, followed closely by the famous HUE166, very close indeed to the first-ever S1 production models.
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Goodwood has become famous for its supercar line-up and this year had a bumper crop; no other world car event can display so many and put them all into such dramatic action. As well as the spectacular but expected displays of Ferraris, Astons (the Gaydon company showed a new Rapide AMR saloon and limited-run Vantage V600) and McLarens (we drove the new 600LT up the hill), there were less familiar, more spectacular shapes such as the Nio EP9 and the 769bhp Apollo IE (for Intensa Emozione) whose claimed 0-60mph time of 2.7sec is nowadays about par for the course for full-house supercars. There were Indycars, NASCAR sedans, GT cars, racers from the turn of the past century and, of course, Formula 1 cars.
One trend was obvious: these emerging supercars get ever more convincing even as prototypes with odd names, perhaps reflecting the rapid global growth in the number of high net worth individuals who drive the exotic car industry so hard nowadays.
In the midst of these exotic creations stood a newly built, massively loud V8-engined Aston Martin Cygnet, a project first proposed and canned years ago, but resurrected for an especially persistent Aston customer. No-one talked money, but this tiny car has no tiny price. The Aston model that donated the engine cost £100,000 alone…
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Talking major money, auctioneer Bonhams had hoped to create a world-record price beyond £12 million at its Goodwood sale with the extraordinarily famous, ex-Jim Clark Aston DB4 Zagato, registered 2VEV. It achieved 'only' £10.1m (including buyer’s premium) in the end — still a record for a British car at an auction in Europe.
To put icing on the auction cake, a one-owner 1958 BMW 507, bought by the boss of MV Augusta as a present for the late John Surtees after he won his first 500cc world championship, and owned by Surtees until his death last year, raised £3.4m — well ahead of the £2m-£2.5m estimated.
Ford unveiled, for the first time in the UK, the recently rediscovered original Mustang from the legendary Steve McQueen film Bullitt, displaying it on the hill and in the supercar paddock with an edition of its just-landed 2019 Stang, also available in a Bullitt edition priced in the £50k bracket. The '68 McQueen car even re-enacted the film’s famous chase scene with a black Dodge Charger on the hill.