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Bonhams Car Sale

A record price for a car sold at auction was achieved at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale on 3 September. It was the second most expensive car ever sold, at £4,180,000. The star car was a 1929 7.1-litre Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK, belonging to the late George Milligen.

On offer was one of the last great pioneering English country gentleman's private collections of cars. The George Milligen Collection Sale - comprising some thirty-eight individual cars, plus steam and marine engines and automobilia - included a remarkable cross-section of long-time privately-preserved classics from such renowned marques as Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Delage, Hispano-Suiza, Sunbeam, Ford and Fiat backed by further supreme quality rarities from the Motor Manufacturing Company (a 19th century veteran car), Sizaire-Berwick, Excelsior, Armstrong-Whitworth, Windsor and Sava.

George Milligen's much-loved 1929 7.1-litre supercharged Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK was bought by him in 1940 and had been preserved within his very private Collection, away from public gaze, for no fewer than the past sixty-four years! George Milligen - who died aged 94 - was one of a distinguished group of pioneering motor car collectors whose activities began in the 1920s.


Record price achieved.   Bonhams Sale
A record price of £3,800,000 at the fall of the hammer.   The sale marquee was packed with bidders and enthusiasts for the occasion.
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK.   1969 Martin-Ford.
The star car, a 1929 7.1-litre supercharged Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK.   Classic racing cars included this 1969 Martin-Ford BM7.
Vintage selection.   1922 RR Silver Ghost
1909 Renault 8hp, 1927 Windsor and a 1910 Maudslay tourer.   A 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost heads display. Photos: Ian Burt
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