Last Friday September 17, a 1962 AC Aceca Coupé once owned by James Bond’s
creator, Ian Fleming, sold for a record C$110,560 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction held in Chichester, Sussex. However this figure is below the pre-sale estimates of C$140,000 – 180,000 announced earlier.
|Ian Fleming’s 1962 AC Aceca Coupé sold for a record C$110,560 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival. (Photo: Bonhams)
This dark blue two-seater with a red leather interior, is recorded as having left the Thames Ditton factory on August 14, 1962, for delivery to Mr. Fleming. The same year, Fleming completed « The Spy Who Loved Me ».
The British author kept the car for a year before selling it in 1963. Since then it has changed hands several times, and came to Bonhams
in excellent condition having been refurbished recently. This Ford-powered Acecas is one of only six surviving in the world.
A C-Type Falls Short...
The car that was to be the highlight of this auction, a 1953 Jaguar C-Type, fell short of its reserve. At last word, Bonhams was still involved in discussions to conclude a sale.
This model won the Le Mans 24-Hours race twice, in 1951 and 1953. In 1953, the racing two-seater was involved in a severe crash. It was extensively restored between 1985 and 1991 and is today described as ‘outstandingly usable and potentially extremely competitive’. It had attracted pre-sale estimates of C$1,1 - 1,4 million.
... While A Duchess’ Car Gets Sold!
Another car with high-profile, the 1988 open-top Jaguar
XJ-S V12 Convertible that belonged to Sarah, Duchess of York, found a new owner. It sold for C$32,000. Pre-sale estimates were of C$27,000 – 34,000.
|This 1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible that once belonged to Sarah, Duchess of York, found a new owner for C$32,000. (Photo: Bonhams)