Le Mans car fetches world record price at Bonhams auction in Weybridge

A vintage car involved in the Le Mans disaster of 1955, in which 83 spectators were killed and many more injured, has sold for a world record �843,000 in Weybridge.

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A vintage car involved in the Le Mans disaster of 1955, in which 83 spectators were killed and many more injured, has sold for a world record �843,000 in Weybridge.

The Austin-Healey 100 special test car sold at a world record price for type at a Bonhams auction hosted by Mercedes-Benz World, with four bidders competing for the car.

Lance Macklin was driving the car at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1955 when it was struck from behind by a competitor, killing Levegh and showering the crowd with debris in what has been described as one of motor racing's most horrific crashes.

Eventually, the car was repaired and restored - returning to competition in private hands in the late 1950s and into the 1960s - before being bought by its current owner in 1969 and kept in storage, untouched.

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