Horror car may fetch £½m

A VINTAGE racing car involved in the Le Mans disaster more than 50 years ago is expected to fetch up to £500,000 at auction.

The Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car competed in the 1955 Le Mans 24-hour race, during which 83 spectators were killed and hundreds more injured in one of motor-racing’s most horrific crashes.

French authorities impounded the classic car after it was clipped by Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh, causing large parts of racing debris to fly into the crowd.

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Now, having been fully restored and kept in storage for 42 years, the 100 will be exhibited to the public at Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale from 16-18 September. It will go toauction at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey, on 1 December.

James Knight, group head of Bonhams’ motoring department, said: “As an owner of a 100 myself, I’m thrilled to be handling such a historic Healey.”