Even though it's a racing car with no pedigree to speak of.
Classic car auctions never disappoint when it comes to having a stellar array of cars in their lots, and Bonhams' latest Goodwood Revival sale is no exception. As we've mentioned before, there were some truly spectacular cars heading for the hammer this year, ranging from a phenomenal one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom to a highly distinguished Aston Martin racer. The vehicle that attracted most of the attention, though, was the Porsche 500 Spyder you see in the images below.
The reason behind this hype isn't just because the car is a Porsche 550 Spyder (though that is a perfectly valid reason to get excited by it). What sets this particular example apart from the other 550s that have come and gone from auction blocks is that this one is about as original as you can get. According to the official Bonhams blurb, the 550 RS Spyder '550-0090' has never been restored - meaning this tiny German competition car that's never competed in a proper motorsports event, is the most original Porsche 550 anywhere in the world. Quite literally everything you see on this vehicle has been there since day one, with the only addition being the patina it's accrued over the last 60 years.
Despite such a provenance, '0090' didn't actually go for the six million pounds that Bonhams expected. In fact, the winning bid of 4.6 million GBP was actually a hundred grand less than the lowest guide price figure. Needless to say, though, that's still a huge amount of money. Plus, when you convert the sum into US dollars, this Porsche becomes a $6 million+ car - making it even more expensive than the ex-Seinfeld 550 that set the former auction record in March earlier this year. It's perhaps a shame that the nature of '0090' means we'll likely never see it driven at speed, but there is a bit of us that's content knowing an all-original Porsche 550 RS Spyder is out there in the world.