Blast from the past steals the show at auction
A 1964 FERRARI 250 LM sold for $9 625 000 (R1,1 billion), followed by a 1966 Ferrari 275GTB Competizione sold by Bonhams for $9 405 000 and in third place came a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold by Gooding & Company for $7 700 000. Lamborghini and GM had two cars each, while Packard, BMW, Talbot-Lago, Bentley, Maserati and Ford had a car each over a million dollars. — Gizmag.com
This 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Concept Car is one of just two created by GM. Under the direction of the legendary designer Harley Earl, Hommer LaGassey and Paul Gilland were directed to build two Bonneville Specials. The bronze car’s debut was in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf in New York and the green one in the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. This car was sold by Barrett-Jackson for $3 300 000.
One of the lots that drew the most attention at last week’s BarretJackson auction was not a car, but a tour bus, the Futurliner, which sold for $4 000 000 and drew another $650 000 in pledges towards the Armed Forces Foundation.
This 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports by Mulliner was sold by RM Auctions for $1 525 000. The Mulliner-bodied R-Type Continental is combined with the swiftness of a Ferrari, the driver-friendly agility of an Alfa Romeo, and the luxuriant comfort of a Rolls-Royce in one elite, built-to-order package that cost $18 000. It was a ‘must-have’ for the burgeoning jet-set and Autocar magazine dubbed it ‘a modern magic carpet’. Of the 207 production Continentals built between May 1952 and April 1955, Mulliner custom built 193 of them to variations of their prototype design, which was dubbed the Sports Saloon.