Auc­tion View

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Hud­son-Evans

An ex­ten­sively ex­hib­ited 1965 Fer­rari Di­no206P pro­to­type crossed the Artcu­rial auc­tion block at Rétro­mo­bile to sell for an auc­tion week-top­ping €4.29m (£3.65m with pre­mium) chased by a Fa­rina and Som­mer-raced 1948 166 Sports-Racer which made €2.89m (£2.46m).

Other big money prices dur­ing the £26.67m, 72 per cent sold marathon ses­sion, which took eight hours and was watched by 3000 in the sale hall plus 15,237 more view­ers on the ‘live’ in­ter­net-cast, were a 1972 Lam­borgh­ini Miura SV Bull val­ued by a new Tore­ador at €2.33m (£1.98m), a still shapely 1935 Bu­gatti 57 Ata­lante Dé­cou­vrable dis­persed from the Herve and Mar­tine Oglias­tro Col­lec­tion

‘A stun­ning 1957 Bent­ley S1 Con­ti­nen­tal cleared the magic mil­lion’

for €2.23m (£1.93m), and a two own­ers since 1987 Porsche 959 Kom­fort in­vest­ment with 26,000k on the odo changed port­fo­lios for €1.2m (£935k).

The Paris sales again kicked off with a £21.74m evening in the RM Sotheby’s packed, but up-mar­ket tent pitched be­side Place Vauban, where 78 per cent of the more con­tem­po­rary rolling as­sets found new share­hold­ers, led by a for­ever racey Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 of 1934 vin­tage sold for €3.92m (£3.32m), pur­sued by a gen­uine Fer­rari-opened 1973 Fer­rari 365GTB/4 Day­tona Spi­der cap­tured for €2.16m (£1.83m).

True Brits mean­while led the Bon­hams £12.7m re­sults in the truly his­toric Grand Palais, un­der whose vast glazed steel­work the first Mo­tor Show was held in 1901. Among 99 changes of ownership, a 1935 Le Mans raced As­ton Martin Ul­ster sold for €2.02m (£1.71m) and a still stun­ning 1957 Bent­ley S1 Con­ti­nen­tal Con­vert­ible by Park Ward cleared the magic €1m bar­rier at €1.07m (£900,075). The mar­ket for old au­to­mo­biles, it seems, still mo­tors on­wards with­out a red flag in sight.

1965 Fer­rari Dino 206P – £3.65m

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