Pre-war Aston Martin makes above-estimate €2,012,500 at Bonhams’ auction.
But the Ulster wasn’t the only car to flourish at the sale. The 1957 Bentley S1 Continental, one of only 31 cars to be built, sold for €1,070,100. Other strong sellers included the 1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’. It was one of three cars to sell above the €1m mark, at €1,017,266.
Bonhams also sold a Maybach SWV36 Spezial Cabriolet for €673,350, a 1923 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia Torpedo for €506,600 and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Series 1’ coupé for €437,600.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring commented: ‘This is our sixth sale at the Grand Palais, and it is clear that the event has become recognised as the season opener in the collectors' car world during Retromobile. We were delighted to open our European season of sales with such a strong collection of vehicles from the world's best marques, with several lots achieving well in excess of a million euros. The UK motoring department are now looking forward to the Goodwood Member's Meeting auction on March 19th, and the European team to the Spa Classic sale on May 21st in Belgium to build upon this successful opening sale.’