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RM Auctions, Battersea sale report

Some interesting results from RM's annual London sale. Full report and gallery here

RM Auctions, Battersea sale report

RM’s top seller at its annual London fixture was the 1959 Ferrari 250GT Tour de France at £1,960,000. This open-headlight car, 1335GT, with period racing history and subject of a recent restoration and retrim, had been slated to fetch as much as £2.4m but sold near bottom estimate for market-correct money.

That same £2.4m was offered for the star of the show, one of 29 aluminium-bodied Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwings, but among bidders from 33 countries none could quite offer enough to secure this rare 1955 car. In a marathon evening sale of 90 important lots at Battersea Evolution, the next big money was for the ex-Nuvolari TT-winning 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa at £784,000, and a Bugatti Veyron from the Wim Zegwaard Collection made £579,600.

Other top performers included the very original 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet for £616,000. The ex-British Motor Show 1952 Bentley Continental R-Type by HJ Mulliner, one of the earliest Continentals and now restored, resplendent in its original white with red leather, attracted much interest and realised £532,000. Kicking off the sale was the 22-car Zegwaard collection, mostly of condition-1 iconic American convertibles offered at no reserve. Top here was the £78,400 paid for a 1962 Corvette, through a striking 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible reached £42,560, pipping the ’57 version at £40,880, and a perfect 1974 Daf 33 sold for £7280.

Back on Ferraris, a 246GTS Dino sold at a massive £224,000 though a GT did not at £150k and, back on 250s, £510k wasn’t enough for the beautifully restored Lusso on the night, though it sold later, and Jack Boxstrom’s well-loved and raced 1958 Ellena sold for the right money at £235,200. Boxstrom was torn as to whether to take home to America the DB4 SII lightweight racer to replace it, but it looked slightly pricey at over £150k.

Ten more Astons featured at the sale and headlining those was a nice older restored 1964 DB5 Convertible at £632,800 and a recently French-restored 1964 DB5 coupe delivered new to Paul McCartney found a happy new owner for £344,400. It retained the Philips record player originally mounted under the dash, though this time loose in the passenger footwell. A beautifully kept DB4 SII found the right £235,200 and two DB6s made £151,200 and £89,600, though the £300,000 offered for the 1967 DB6 shooting brake built for Innes Ireland was not enough to buy it.

Later Porsches did well and exceeded their estimates, a 1996 911 GT2 with low mileage and two owners from new reaching an amazing £324,880, and a 1988 959 ‘Komfort’ realising a strong £308,000. One of the first Lancia Stratos Stradales reflected the rise in interest in these stubby homologation specials and sold for £249,200 against a pre-sale high estimate of £190,000.

Claiming 84 percent of total lots sold for a total of £14.26m, RM’s auctioneer and Managing Director, Europe, Max Girardo said: ‘Once again, our London sale has demonstrated that it successfully unites some the world’s finest cars with an audience of discriminating collectors from all corners of the world. We enjoyed a fantastic night in central London with some incredible results. The sale certainly rounded out RM’s 2012 roster of European sales in the best possible fashion.’

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