As Veyrons go this one is rather special, and not just for being one of 92 Grand Sport Vitesses made to mark the end of Veyron production in 2014. Weird but true, this Veyron was commissioned to mimic its Lilliputian Transformers counterpart made by Hasbro Toys.
So, the one-off comes with Transformers livery of light blue with contrasting blue carbon-fibre and is fitted with diamond-cut wheels and clear glass taillights. Inside there’s two-tone blue and black leather and a Transformers logo between the seats.
In ultimate Veyron spec with 1200bhp from the quad-turbo W16 monster engine, this is a true grown-ups’ toy… witness the sale price of €1,720,625 (£1.5m) including the premium. And the car has covered just 500 miles from new…
There was no shortage of other exceptional machines at the RM sale over the Monaco Historic Grand Prix weekend. The headline of the sale was probably: “Pope sells his Lamborghini for €809,000” which is accurate but only a part of the story…
The car, a new Huracán coupe, was donated to His Holiness Pope Francis so it could be sold to benefit the Holy Father’s chosen charities. The Lambo is painted white with yellow stripes in keeping with the colours of the Vatican City flag and features the Pope’s signature on its bonnet.
Most of the money raised by its sale is going to benefit the besieged city of Nineveh in Iraq.
Other highlights from the sale that caught our eye…
Biggest ticket item of the €23.3 million sale was a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB which sold for €2,142,500 (£1.87m). One of 88 long-nose, steel body, torque-tube examples of the Scaglietti masterpiece, the left-drive car was fully restored in the US and is Ferrari Classiche certified.
If that was too rich for you but you still fancied a front-engined V12 Ferrari coupe then for one-twenty-fifth the price you could have had what must be the world’s best 456 GT.
The 442bhp two-plus-two came three decades after the 275 but is still in the GTB mould, albeit with design this time by Pininfarina. Three owners – the first was the Qatari Royal Family – 8700 miles only, and in superb condition right down to its tailored Ferrari luggage, it sold for €85,100 (£75,000). Surely a steal?
Another guilty pleasure came along in the shapely form of a 1984 de Tomaso Pantera. One of 175 GT5s made, the Ford V8-powered Italian supercar came with all known factory options including the 400bhp Group 3 race engine along with Group 3 brakes and suspension. The black body, burgundy ruched leather interior and gold wheels may not be to everyone’s taste though. The quintessential Italian-American supercar, with its fully documented history, sold for €138,000, or £120,500.
And finally… for the buyers who earlier in the weekend at the Bonhams Monaco sale had forked out millions for one of two ex-Ayrton Senna Formula One cars, the perfect, if terribly poignant, accompaniment: a 1987 bright yellow Camel race suit, as worn by Ayrton at one grand prix during the ’87 season.