Another huge classic car auction, another ‘victory’ for Ferrari as one of it’s cars, almost predictably, takes the crown for highest bid at the RM Sotheby’s annual London sale which was held in Battersea Park a few weeks ago.
Over the course of the auction there were lots of absolutely magnificent cars on display and many of them were sold off for huge amounts of money. Here are just five of our favorites, including, of course, the million pound plus (plus, plus, plus) Ferrari that cost someone quite a pretty penny indeed.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France by Scaglietti: £4,760,000
This particular auction crushing Ferrari 250 was actually expected to command and even higher price – £5.5m is what Southeby’s were hoping for – so it was a surprise to some, given the prices paid at other similar auctions recently that it fell short of that mark by more than a few quid. It is however a wonderful car, recently rebuilt by GTO Engineering and boasting 263bhp from a 3.0-litre V12 and reportedly in pristine driving condition despite being over 50 years old.
1992 Ferrari F40: £845,600
This is a truly pampered little beauty as it’s single original owner had only ever logged 3,000 original miles on the clock. As some of you may already know this was the last car to be built under the supervision of the great Enzo himself, who added a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V8 with 478bhp that truly packs some hair curling power.
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage: £784,000
This racing thoroughbred was just one of 40 right hand drive Vantage saloons ever built and had he been offered the chance James Bond would probably loved to get his hands on this version, but it was a little to rare to be loaned out as a movie prop.
Recently retuned and refurbished, the model at auction was offering the lucky buyer an upgraded 4.0-litre straight-six engine, new cam timing, and triple twin-choke Weber carbs. Power had been boosted to 40bhp over the regular DB5 to 325bhp allowing what is still a truly stunning looking car to make it from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.
1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport: £627,200
Lighter than it’s ‘child’ the Veyron this Bugatti beauty still boasts quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 with 603bhp, a top speed of 216mph and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. this particular model was one of the last of the SS brand to roll of the production line and the fact that it’s only racked up less than 10,100km in 20 years made it even more of a great score for the winning bidder.
1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone: £308,000
According to the Sotheby’s brochure this Seventies classic would be sure to “bring a huge smile to the face of not only its driver, but also everyone who sees and hears the car go by… usually sideways.” A rather accurate summation we think of a car that was first registered in Italy in October of 1975 and has only ever known life in a garage for the most part, unlike some of its contemporaries that were such a hit on the rallying circuit.
Almost completely mechanically untouched the car still boasts 192 bhp from a 2,418 cc DOHC Dino V-6 engine with triple Weber carburettors and still looks pretty spacey, as Bertone intended, some 40 years after its ‘birth’.