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FERRARI HYPERCAR AND ELEGANT BENTLEY LEAD RESULTS AT RM SOTHEBY'S LONDON SALE

London

  • RM Sotheby’s realizes £7,064,475 at its Battersea auction in London on 6 September
  • Unique blue 2004 Ferrari Enzo was the night’s top seller, hitting its high estimate and selling for £1,805,000
  • Beautiful 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback is the second highest seller on the night, making £826,250
  • Another strong night for Stuttgart’s finest, as a 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 sells for £775,625
  • Incredible ‘Spectre’ Land Rover Defender smashes its estimate and brings £230,000
  • RM Sotheby’s focus shifts to Leggenda e Passione sale in Maranello, with 40 stunning Ferraris offered for sale on Saturday 9th September
  • Complete London results are available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

LONDON (8 September, 2017) – Just a few short weeks after its magnificent Monterey sale, RM Sotheby’s returned to Europe on 6th September  with its 11th annual sale at Battersea Evolution in London. Last night’s auction generated £7,064,475 in total sales with many of the top selling cars once again being ‘modern classics’, demonstrating the continued demand for modern high performance cars.

 

The top lot of the night was a unique 2004 Ferrari Enzo, finished in stunning Blu Tour de France paintwork. Originally delivered in another unique colour of Matt Titanio Extra Campionario, the Classiche certified car changed hands in 2008 and was refinished in its current colour. The Enzo is the iconic hypercar of its era, highly sought after by collectors. With only 8,884 km on the clock and benefitting from a full main dealer service history from new, the car truly deserved its £1,805,000 price tag.

 

Another iconic luxury car of a very different era, is the 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon, a classic automobile sought after by collectors of the finest post-war models. The car on offer in London is an ex-Bentley Drivers Club Concours Best in Class winner which was once owned by ex-Aston Martin Chairman and successful entrepreneur Victor Gauntlett. Stunning in silver paint, the R-Type achieved an excellent £826,250.

 

Rare Porsches also did very well in the London sale, continuing a trend that has been prevalent in the market for some time. Rounding out the top three places in London was a 1996 Porsche 911 GT2, one of just 161 road-going 993 GT2s with just 18,000 km and with minimal recent use. Offered with copies of the original order form and detailing options including black leather sports seats, air conditioning, electric windows, and radio, the car also boasts regular and fastidious maintenance by Porsche main dealers. Its rarity and desirability were rewarded with a final price of £775,625.

 

Other sales worthy of note include the incredible 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX ‘Spectre’, one of ten heavily modified and exceptionally specified Defenders created for the James Bond movie of the same name. The car represented a very rare opportunity for a collector and is an important piece of cinema history, smashing its upper estimate at £230,000. Another high point was the 1971 Porsche 911 E delivered new to Kremer racing driver John Fitzpatrick. Offered for sale for the first time since 1972, this desirable Conda Green right-hand-drive 911 E was in remarkable original condition and was driven onto the block by none other than John Fitzpatrick himself. The lucky new owner secured the car for an above-estimate £126,500.

 

RM Sotheby’s London 2017 Top Five Sales

 

Lot 142:  2004 Ferrari Enzo                                                                  £1,805,000

Lot 144:  1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon   £   826,250

Lot 111:  1996 Porsche 911 GT2                                                           £   775,625

Lot 136:  2012 Lexus LFA                                                                      £   308,750

Lot 124:  1998 Porsche 911 Turbo S                                                     £   297,500

 

Complete results from RM Sotheby’s London auction are available online at www.rmsothebys.com.

 

*Results are listed in GBP and include 15 percent buyer’s premium for automotive lots up to the value of £200,000 with premium charges at 12.5 percent on sums above £200,000. Exchange rate used: £1 GBP = $1.31 USD, €1.10 Euro.

 

RM Sotheby’s will soon be conducting a landmark Ferrari-only sale – Leggenda e Passione – which will take place on 9 September in partnership with Ferrari itself. Held on the legendary Fiorano Test Track in Maranello, the auction celebrates Ferrari’s 70th anniversary year with automotive milestones across seven decades.

 

For further information on the Ferrari sale or to view the complete digital catalogue, please visit www.rmsothebys.com.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more