LONDON Dec 2 An unrestored car involved
in motor racing's worst accident, at Le Mans in 1955, has sold
at auction for more than $1 million after 42 years under wraps.
Auctioneers Bonhams said the Austin Healey 100 Special, in
"barn find" condition, had fetched a world record 843,000 pounds
at the auction in Weybridge, southern England, on Thursday.
Driven by Lance Macklin at the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar
race, it was rammed from behind by Pierre Levegh's Mercedes
which then flew into the crowd and killed at least 83
The car was impounded by the French authorities for 18
months before being handed back to the Donald Healey Motor
Company for repairs, racing through the late 1950s and into the
Bonhams said it had been stored, untouched, by the vendor
since he bought it in 1969.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez; For
Reuters sports blog Left Field go to: blogs.reuters.com/sport)