JAN 26th 2015

Bonhams secures auction record for Ferrari 275GTB/C

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Not long after Bonhams announced it would sell this gorgeous Ferrari 275GTB/C at Scottsdale, we took a good look and asked if ‘…Ferrari 275s get more special than this?’

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Judging by the new world auction record of $9,405,000 (£6,265,000) realised last week, the answer would appear to be ‘possibly not.’ The car was not only dripping with a rich motor racing history in the hands of Scuderia Filipinetti, but it had also enjoyed a 100-point restoration by leading Ferrari body restorers Carrozeria Brandoli, who can be seen at work in this outstanding short film.

Other notable results from Scottsdale (where Bonhams achieved a very high sell-through rate of nearly 90 percent) were a 1904 Humber 8.5hp Two-Seater and a 1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster, both of which achieved auction-record prices of $148,500 (£98,965) and $357,500 (£238,000) respectively. 

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Oh and do you recall the red Ferrari 512BBi which I reckoned looked like rather good value? It made more than double its estimate at $357,500 (£238,000); a new auction record for a 512. Also of note was the sale of a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe, which made a strong $511,500 (£340,500) and a 1964 Shelby Cobra which had been in the same family from new until 2011. It made $1,017,500 (679,029.) 

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, says of the event: ‘Year on year our auction here in Scottsdale has grown in both reputation and results. Our selection is focused but diverse, representing the very best of the car collecting hobby, and we’re very pleased with the results and with the strong support demonstrated by clients from around the world.’

Full results here. All prices include buyer’s premium.

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