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Bonham's at Monterey '09: Hailing the Green Goddess

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 24, 2009 10:38 AM

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By Peter Bourassa, Correspondent

Held at Quail Lodge in Carmel, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 14, the collection included several important and fascinating cars. The Daimler Green Goddess, one of only eight, that belonged to the late car and motorcycle collector, John Sweeney, former director of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, sold for $249,000. The Green Goddess, thought not completely restored, was admirably prepared for this sale by local restorer and John's good friend, Spencer Guder of Spencer Restorations.


A 1953 Jaguar XK120SE sold for $211,500


and a 1931 Bentley 4.5L did $804,500.


The beautiful 1938 Peugeot 402 was not sold


and neither did the beautiful and significant Auto Union F-1 car.


The "Bumble-Bee" 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe sold for $804,000.

A Jackie Stewart March-Cosworth F1 car and a Lola that Jackie once drove in the Can-Am series, plus a stunning Talbot Lago open wheel racer would all be usable additions to anyone's collection.

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