Blast from the past steals the show at auc­tion

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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. — Giz­

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.

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