Auc­tion view, with Richard Hud­son-Evans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS Our auc­tions ex­pert takes a close look at the US scene

Al­though a Jaguar XK SS ran out of live bids at an in­suf­fi­cient $11.9m (£9.76m) on the score­board, a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1, one of 20 of the more Strassen- friendly ver­sions, did cross the block at the re­cent Good­ing and Com­pany Amelia Is­land auc­tion to clock up a $5.67m (£4.65m) re­sult. Top among the Good­ing Brits for sale was the 1949 DB2 that rep­re­sented the birth of As­ton Martin’s DB line, as the fac­tory de­vel­op­ment car and pro­to­type for the model. Spe­cially built for the per­sonal use of com­pany owner David Brown, this was the first As­ton to be equipped with the mar­que’s new six-cylin­der LB6 en­gine and was sub­se­quently raced by works driver Lance Mack­lin in the Coppa In­terEuropa and Targa Flo­ria. It re­alised $1,540,000 (£1.27m).

Mean­while, across at RM Sotherby’s Amelia Is­land event, a 1937 Bu­gatti Type 57S, one of only three to sport Van­vooren of Paris Cabrio coach­work and of­fered for pub­lic sale for the first time in its 80-year his­tory, sold at the $70.77m (£58.03m) bo­nanza for $7.7m (£6.31m). This topped the prices of the Big Three’s auc­tions at the lo­ca­tion this year, af­ter which 275 mainly high end in­vestor-au­to­mo­biles had changed port­fo­lios for $111.18m (£91.17m) and an over­all sale rate of 86 per cent had been achieved.

The 5694-mile from new in 1995 Ferrari F50 orig­i­nally de­liv­ered to heavy­weight cham­pion boxer Mike Tyson went for $2.64m (£2.16m). RM Sotheby’s also claimed two new world record auc­tion prices for a 1929 Stutz Model M Su­per­charged Coupé, one of only three Blown Stutzes sold for $1.71m (£1.4m), and a two reg­is­tered owner 1956 Bent­ley S1 Con­ti­nen­tal Drop­head made $1.68m (£1.38m).

‘275 au­to­mo­biles changed port­fo­lios for $111.18m (£91.17m)’

As­ton DB2 was the fac­tory pro­to­type.

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