As expected, the ex-Frolian Gonzalez Ferrari 375-Plus was the big-hitter at Bonhams’ annual Festival of Speed sale. £10.7 million was the price paid by a bidder in the room once the gavel had fallen.
However, despite the ex-Scuderia car’s hefty price tag, it had a sturdy contender for a share of the limelight in the form of the 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopica’ which scorched to £953,500; a world record for an example of the earliest form of the model. Bear in mind that barely six weeks ago in Bonhams’ Greenwhich sale in the States, a similar car went for a then-record £700,000 and some change…
Another big-hitter was the veteran 1902 DeDietrich. With sound provenance, including a tale about it surviving a World War 2 bombing raid, it just failed to scrape a million at £998,300.
The total value of the sale ended up at £22.6 million. Not bad for four hour’s work! Full results will be released shortly.