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Car and Driver: The Most Tempting Cars at the Bonhams’ Goodwood Auction

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-At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Bonhams always has a huge tent full of cars capable of draining just about any gearhead’s bank accounts. For those lucky enough to be in attendance, why not snag one of these as a souvenir? Any of these would be way cooler than a T-shirt.

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Here are our 11 favorites from the Festival of Speed offerings, with selling prices (in U.S. dollars) where applicable.

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The Wide-Body Lister Jaguar

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This 1985/1988 Lister Jaguar 7.0-Litre Le Mans Mk III Coupé is a 200-mph car and was driven to this sale. As if a big Jag with a full body kit and a full-on racing V-12 weren’t crazy enough, not long after it was built, this one had twin superchargers bolted on to make sure no tires could ever keep it in line. Gotta love the late Eighties.

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The Stillborn MG Prototype

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Sold for U.S. $86,472
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The 1965 MG EX234 was supposed to replace both the Midget and the MGB. It features a 1275cc A-Series engine and gearbox, the rear axle from an Austin Champ, and a Hydrolastic suspension. With upper and lower wishbones all around, rack-and-pinion steering, and four disc brakes, it was quite the modern sports car, but it got even better when Pininfarina gave it a body with a proper Kamm tail. Unfortunately, the then current MGs were selling well enough, so the project was shelved, and by the time British Leyland took over, the management decided to invest in Triumph instead. The EX234 was doomed, which makes it far more desirable today.

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The Bonkers Zagato Alfa

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If you can get yourself an Alfa Romeo SZ, do it. Don’t think about it, just do it. It’s an Alfa V-6 with an absolutely crazy Zagato body and six rectangular headlights, because having four is nothing to write home about. These facts alone should make it a done deal already.

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The Boxy Racing Quattro

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Again, this is very simple. It’s a five-cylinder turbo with Quattro. A screaming 2.2 liters of turbo fury, ex-John Buffum, Hannu Mikola, and David Sutton Motorsport Audi Rally Team racing pedigree, and good old fashioned short-wheelbase fun. Oh, and it’s in the most correct colors.

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The Rolls-Royce Bentley

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Talk about touring in style! Rolls-Royce took over Bentley in 1931, which means this 1934 Bentley 3½-Litre is based on the Rolls-Royce 20/25. Having said that, it comes with a slightly shorter wheelbase, a tuned, twin-SU carburetor version of the former’s 3669-cc overhead-valve six-cylinder engine producing 115 horsepower, an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox, and servo brakes. Sporty and classy at the same time, this brute is the perfect tool for an intercontinental road trip.

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The Million-Dollar Rat

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Sold for U.S. $930,640
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This ex-works Aston Martin DB Series is a Le Mans finisher from 1949, having been built a year before by a bunch of chaps at AM Lagonda. They kept racing it for quite a while, but the last time it saw action was in 1971, and all those decades spent in the garden have put this factory racer in a pitiful state. Aston estimates a proper restoration would cost north of $800,000—on top of what it cost to buy. A daunting project, but then again, where are you going to find another one?

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The Mid-Engine M Car

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Sold for U.S. $416,465
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BMW put two badges on the back of the M1 and hasn’t built a mid-engined M car since. Evidently, the M1 is just a tough act to follow. A German Lamborghini from the time before Audi could even dream of such a thing.

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Monoposto Is the Word

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Buy this Bugatti for the stance alone, or the fact that only five were built, not long before the company started to fade following the death of both Ettore Bugatti and his son.

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Not to mention that pretty much anybody could drive a Bugatti Chiron up the Goodwood hill, as somebody will demonstrate later today. But to race a postwar Type 73C around the Goodwood circuit? That takes some serious guts.

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The McLaren Chevrolet

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McLaren’s Cam-Am cars are some of the most savage speed machines on this planet. This 1966 McLaren-Chevrolet M1B is no different. Expecting flames and a lot of noise? Expect even more, because more is coming.

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The White Dino

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Sold for U.S. $385,768
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Back in the early 1970s, Dino sales were relatively slow, mostly because the 180-hp car’s performance couldn’t quite deliver on its Ferrari-esque style. The GT version had a cast-iron block instead of aluminum, and 15 more horses to take care of the added weight. Forget about the slow sales back then. Those folks didn’t know what they were looking at. It’s just a lovely car.

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The Lynx Eventer

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A 1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 HE Lynx Eventer by Paolo Gucci is both terrible and magnificent at the same time. If you don’t like the idea of a Lynx Eventer with Gucci custom luggage, that’s fair. If that’s the case, you should be happy to know that this is the only one in the world. Paolo Gucci wanted to make a lot more, but his lawyers decided he did not have the right to use the brand name anymore, so Lynx was forced to abandon the idea and display the car the simply as the Lynx Eventer.

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If you are looking for a regular one, they originally built 67, and all remaining ones should be far cheaper than this fancy one. But why would you pass on this gem?

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This story originally appeared on Road & Track via AR Revista.

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