It was the McLaren F1 that proved to be the bill-topper at the RM Auctions sale, in association with Sotheby’s, at Battersea, selling for an impressive £2,530,000 - that helps the F1 stake its claim as the Ferrari 250GTO of its era.
This is the first time the F1 has been offered since it was sold new by McLaren (for a cool £1m), and the sale of McLaren’s former Park Lane showroom model with a nominal mileage on the clock attracted spirited bidding. The final sale price more than doubled the pre-sale estimate.
Given the current doom and gloom in the UK financial market, it wasn't totally unexpected that sales were somewhat mixed, but a total sale in excess of £15million and a sales percentage of 70% is heartning. The sale was well-attended, and Chris Evans, the owner of the ex-James Coburn Ferrari 250SWB was a notable attendee.
It wasn't all about the McLaren, though. A 1965 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France each went for £2,255,000, marking the top of the sports racing sector as healthy. The ultra-rare 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster, which has been much publicised before the same and was expected to do well, sold for £1,127,500 while the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante went for £660,000. Andy Saunders' cars performed well, too - highlights included the remarkable 1958 Ford X-2000 Recreation, which reached £41,250, and the unforgettable 1983 Bentley ‘Mentley Insanne’ achieved £18,700.
Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions European Division, said: 'The world record breaking price for the McLaren F1 is a huge achievement for our London auction and confirms RM’s position as the world’s leading auction house for vintage automobiles. The £2.5 million sale price redefined the market for these superb vehicles. The McLaren F1 is quite simply one of the most contemporary cars ever produced and tops a sale that has again shown that great cars attract great prices.'
RM Auctions’ will return to Europe in May for the highly anticipated Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event at the legendary Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.
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