- Bonhams announces The Monaco Sale 2016, taking place 13 May 2016
- Driven by racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss, the ex-Works Team 1952 Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’ is an early major consignment
Bonhams annual Festival of Speed Sale saw spectacular figures, with the ex-Works Racing Aston Martin Ulster Team Car, LM19, sold for £2,913,500, one of the highest amounts ever achieved for a pre-war British sports car and smashing the existing record (held by Bonhams) for a pre-War Aston Martin.
A pre-war ‘Works’ racing car of excellent provenance, the Ulster was built to compete at the highest level of endurance racing, with appearances at Le Mans, the Ards TT, the Mille Miglia, the RAC TT, and with the additional cherry on the cake being the 1936 French Grand Prix outing, driven by none other than the brilliant Dick Seaman.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director and auctioneer on the day, said: “We’ve had another phenomenal sale at Goodwood, with excellent figures achieved across the board as we offered some highly sought after, truly top tier collectors’ motor cars.”
Top lot, the Aston Martin Ulster, saw a protracted three-way bidding battle between customers in the room and on the telephones, finally winning out to a European bidder. James Knight added, “It’s one of the highest figures ever achieved for a pre-war British sports cars, truly emphasizing the tremendous stature of the Aston Martin marque.”
Elsewhere, a 1961 Porsche RS-61 Spyder offered by none other than ‘Mr Motor Racing’ himself, Sir Stirling Moss, sold for £1,905,500. One of the greatest racing drivers of all time, Sir Stirling was without doubt the standard-setting racing driver of his era, and is a multiple winner of World Championship Grand Prix and Sports Car races during his glittering frontline career. Sir Stirling described the Porsche RS60/61 series as having been “Just super cars – beautifully balanced and simply tailor-made for such races as the mighty Targa Florio around 440 miles of Sicilian mountain roads. That was one morning when I woke up and really could say to myself, ‘For today’s race you have got the ideal car’.”
Continuing the Porsche theme, owned for more than 30 years by ‘father of pop art’ Richard Hamilton, a 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4-litre Coupé sold for £393,500. Hamilton thought that the car’s shapely curves were a ‘perfect’ design, so he purchased it new in 1973, and kept it for three decades.
The fabulous Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster sold for an incredible £1,513,500. Unveiled in 1998, at the time the CLK most expensive production car ever built, a figure only recently exceeded by the Ferrari FXX. The model offered at Bonhams sale had a mere eight kilometres on the odometer, and was the very first example ever built.
Also in the sale, a 1984 Porsche 911 3.2-litre Carrera Coupé, belonging to former Top Gear presenter James May, sold for £51,750, and ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S sold for £20,700, whilst his striking 1971 Citroën Maserati SM sold for almost double estimate at £61,980.
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La gamma Dino, chiamata in onore del figlio di Enzo Ferrari, Alfredino, è stata concepita con l’intenzione di competere con vetture più piccole e meno costose rispetto alle sportive tradizionali del cavallino da 12 cilindri. Partendo con la 206 GT che è stata introdotta al Salone di Torino 1967, la linea Dino ha dimostrato che la Ferrari poteva competere con brand del calibro di Porsche ma con la produzione di una macchina che aveva un prezzo inferiore e compresi tutti quei requisiti emozionali che il cliente Ferrari è abituato a riconoscere.
Il risultato si è rivelato fantastico, la Dino era tanto incredibile da guidare quanto da guardare. Stirling Moss (pilota di F1 negli anni ’50) disse: “Nessun altra macchina mi ha fatto sentire così chiaramente che volevo tornare a correre”. La Dino 246 GTS è stata presentata al pubblico al Salone Internazionale di Ginevra del 1972. In gran parte invariata rispetto alla 246 GT ma col beneficio di un hard-top, ha dimostrato di essere estremamente attraente per i clienti, in particolare quelli degli Stati Uniti. Entro la fine della produzione nel 1974, la Ferrari aveva costruito 1.282 Spider e quasi la metà di esse sono state destinate agli Stati Uniti, da sempre in adorazione per spider e speedster.
Negli ultimi anni li mercato ha visto salire rapidamente il valore di quest’auto proponendola come uno dei modelli più ricercati e considerati della produzione fine ’60 inizio ’70 della Ferrari. Chi si proponesse di acquistarne una farebbe certo un ottimo investimento. Qualche esempio:
RM Auction Monterey 15-16 Aug 2014 > Lot 141 – 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS > Sold for $440,000
Gooding & Co. Scottsdale 2014 > lot 109 -1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS > Sold for $429,000
Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach 2014 > lot 10 – 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS > Sold for $440.000
The range Dino was conceived with the intention of competing with smaller cars and less expensive than traditional sports 12 cylinders. Starting with the 206 GT that was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1967, the gamma has shown that the Dino Ferrari could compete with brands such as Porsche, but with the production of a car that had a lower price and including all those emotional requirements that Ferrari customers recognize. The result turned out great, the Dino was so amazing to drive as it is to look. Stirling Moss (F1 driver in the 50’s) said: “No other car made me feel so clearly that I wanted to get back to racing.”
The Dino 246 GTS was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show 1972 Largely unchanged from the 246 GT, but with the benefit of a hard-to roof, which has proven to be extremely attractive to customers, in particular those of United States. By the end of production in 1974, Ferrari had built 1,282 Spider and almost half of those were for the United States market, has usual in worship for spider and speedster. In recent years 246 GT/GTS climbs rapidly value on market proposing itself as one of the more sought after and considered ’60/‘70 Ferrari. Certainly now it is an excellent investment.
A few examples:
RM Monterey Auction 2014 > Lot 141-1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS> Sold for $ 440,000
Gooding & Co. Scottsdale 2014 > lot 109 -1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS> Sold for $ 429,000
Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach 2014 > lot 10-1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS> Sold for $ 440,000