The clas­sics. Auc­tions at record sales

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - CLASSIC CARS -

A truly mem­o­rable event took place in Lon­don last Septem­ber, when Sotheby’s at Bat­tersea Evo­lu­tion took a record £21.6 mil­lion. And this is not an ex­ag­ger­ated over­all fig­ure, the com­pany has ex­ceeded that amount for an in­di­vid­ual GTO or Tes­tarossa, but what counts is the sig­nal it gives to the col­lec­tors’ world and to the econ­omy in gen­eral. Clas­sic and vin­tage cars re­main, or rather, are in­creas­ingly seen as a safe haven. Proof of this, in par­tic­u­lar, was seen by the en­thu­si­asm of the par­tic­i­pants, a third of which were at­tend­ing “for the first time”, a fur­ther sign of re­newed in­ter­est and also of new mar­kets, con­firmed by the 33 na­tion­al­i­ties pre­sent. The most im­por­tant statis­tic was the 76% sell-through rate - great pub­lic­ity above all for the “Duemila Ruote” (2000 Wheels), an auc­tion of eight hun­dred mod­els to be held at the Mi­lan Trade Fair ground at the end of Novem­ber, at the same time as Mi­lano Au­toClas­sica, and the largest car auc­tion ever to be held in Europe. Stars of the show in Lon­don were the ve­hi­cles from a rare Porsche col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a “911 GT2“from 1995 and a “911 Turbo S Light­weight“from 1993, which sold for £1,848,000 and £974,400 re­spec­tively. Ex­tremely beau­ti­ful and very well kept, the first car, in a blue colour, had only 12,730 kilo­me­tres on the clock, just one owner and was the last 911 to be air cooled only. And it was the year in which four-wheel drive was “banned” from com­pe­ti­tions, mean­ing GT2 ho­molo­ga­tion be­came a must. The “Turbo S“is a rare car be­cause only 86 were made, but this model was dis­tin­guished by yel­low in­serts, and even a yel­low body on the in­side. These de­tails made it par­tic­u­larly cov­eted, as well as the fact that it was a spe­cial lighter model, some 180 kilo­grams lighter than the Turbo II. We need to go back thirty years to dis­cover an­other one of the high­est-sell­ing cars of the auc­tion, an ex­am­ple of the As­ton Martin “DB4 Series V Con­vert­ible”,

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