McLaren F1 LM-Spec and Ferrari Enzo among big hitters in California.
A 1998 McLaren F1 and the final production Ferrari Enzo ever built have sold for a combined $19.8 million at RM Sotheby’s Pebble Beach auction in Monterey.
The duo stole the show in California, with the Enzo selling for $6.05 million during ‘The Pinnacle Portfolio’ auction, with the F1 totalling $13.75 million. Both prices set new records for each model respectively.
The Enzo was the last of the 400 units ever built by Ferrari, and was awarded as a gift to Pope John Paul II. His Holiness chose never to reach the cars fabled top speed of 218mph, and instead chose to donate the car to charity, with proceeds benefitting victims of the 2004 Tsunami in South-east Asia. Its sale price in California merely exceeded its estimate of $6million.
Selling for nearly double the Enzo’s price was an LM-Spec McLaren F1. One of just two officially fettled F1’s, the car was given enhanced aerodynamics and the monstrous 6.1-litre BMW V12 as used in the F1 LM racing car in the mid-‘90s. Consistently maintained by McLaren themselves since 1998, the car arrived in California in immaculate condition, and worthy of its record-breaking price tag.
Other modern-day standouts included the sale of a 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport ‘300’ ($2,310,000), a 2005 Masarati MC12 ($2,090,000), and a Lamborghini Reventon ($1,375,000).
Elsewhere in the sale a rare 1964 Ferrari 250 LM sold for $17.6 million. The car has recently raced in the Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto events, however remains in immaculate condition. Despite beating the $11.5 million sale price paid for one of the 32 examples in 2011, the 250 LM is still someway behind the worlds most expensive car, an 1962 250 GTO ($38,115,000), despite being the rarer 250 of the two.
Other classics to cross the auction block included a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV ($2,475,000), a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider ($2,750,000), and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 ($3,300,000).
Despite the sale of the 275 and Daytona Spider, two other classic Ferrari’s failed to sell, in the form of an 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider and a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. They were joined by a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy ‘Gullwing’ on the sidelines.