Bonhams has broken multiple auction records at its 2017 Scottsdale auction, with an original 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition leading the way.
Leading the way at Bonham’s Scottsdale auction, which took place on 19 January, was a record-breaking Jaguar E-type Lightweight Competition. This Australian GT Championship winner sold for a total of $7,370,000, making it the most valuable E-type to sell at auction, as well as the most expensive post-1960 Jaguar.
This particular car, chassis no. S850667, is known to be one of the most original factory Lightweight E-types in the world. It is number ten of the 12 factory lightweights originally built, and according to the seller it has ‘never been disassembled or rebuilt in any significant manner‘.
The next of Bonhams’ record breakers came in the form of the former Scuderia Ferrari 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider, which made $6,380,000 – a new record for the model. Having been driven in period by drivers such as Piero Taruffi, Maurice Trintignant, and Giovanni Bracco in all the big events, including the 1952 Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Targa Florio.
Porsches brought some strong results, with a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS selling for $2,310,000 and a 956 Porsche 356 Speedster topping out at $528,000.
Pre-war offerings featured prominently. A 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Zagato Gran Sport Spider – an authentic example with excellent history – made $2,805,000, while a Pebble Beach-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer brought $4,812,500.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, commented: ‘We were applauded by the market for assembling one of the finest selection of cars ever seen at Scottsdale. To have achieved a near sell-out of our highlight cars, backed up with an 82% sell-through-rate is immensely satisfying.’