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A 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 once owned by Sir Paul McCartney is to be sold at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The right-hand drive car, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £100,000 to £120,000, joins an impressive line-up for the annual Bonhams sale of collectors’ cars and automobilia at the event near Chichester on July 1.

The highlight of the sale is a rare 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet, previously owned by grand prix and sports car racing driver Innes Ireland, while other important motor cars already consigned include a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 (estimate £400,000-£500,000); a 1926 Bugatti Type 37, chassis no. BC78 (£120,000-£160,000); a 1937 Bentley 41/4-Litre Allweather Tourer by Vanden Plas (£130,000-£150,000); and a 1928 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model (£120,000-£140,000), which has belonged to the same family since 1945.

In addition, the sale includes a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona (£210,000-£240,000); a 1990 Ferrari F40 (£320,000-£350,000); and a 1988 Porsche 959 (£160,000-£180,000).

The annual Festival of Speed is being held this year from July 1-3, with the Moving Motor Show on June 30. The theme is Racing Revolutions – Quantum Leaps That Shaped Motorsport.

A record nine of the 2011 Formula One teams are expected to attend, including reigning world champions Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.

Jaguar celebrates two important anniversaries at the festival, with a striking automotive ‘sculpture’ in front of Goodwood House marking 50 years of the E-Type, as well as the 60th anniversary of Jaguar winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race.