Sir Malcolm Campbell – for many years the fastest man on earth - is best known for breaking nine land speed records, four water speed records and for being the first person to drive a car at more than 300mph.
He is also a previous owner of the 1913 Talbot 15HP Works hill-climber offered at the Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale this Sunday (March 19), when it is expected to sell for between ££140,000 and £180,000.
The sole survivor of the “Invincible Talbot” Works Team, it was Campbell’s winning car at Brooklands in 1922. Few pre-First World War works racers survive, and fewer still are offered on the open market, so this Talbot - with its original engine and chassis - represents a unique opportunity.
Another interesting lot at Goodwood is a 1903 Gladiator 10hp (estimated at £130,000-£160,000). It has competed successfully on almost every London to Brighton Veteran Car Run for more than 25 years, with only one non-finish.
A 1961 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupé formerly owned by Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader is expected to sell for £80,000-£120,000. Bader is memorialised in a statue at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, which was an RAF fighter base during the Battle of Britain. The Alvis has won several concours awards and is accompanied by extensive history files, including correspondence addressed to Bader at his London home.
In keeping with the military theme, an ex-Wehrmacht NSU Kettenkrad is estimated at £60,000-£80,000. The half motorcycle, half tracked vehicle is capable of 50mph. This example is thought to have been built in 1944 and has been extensively restored and is in very good running condition.
A 1997 Subaru Impreza 22B STi is also being offered. This version of Subaru’s serial rally winner is rare, with only about 400 made - but the version being offered at Goodwood is even rarer, being one of only three Limited Edition Prototypes. It has only 51km and is estimated at £65,000 to £70,000.