1957 Ferrari 335 Sport - €32,075,200 ($35.77M/£24.68M)
Artcurial, Paris, France - 5 February, 2016
A 1957 Ferrari 335 S from the renowned Bardinon collection secured the honours for the top auction price achieved in 2016 at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in February. Chassis 0674’s first race was the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours where it finished 6th in the hands of Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant. The car was campaigned throughout 1957, notable highlights included Wolfgang von Trips’ 2ndplace finish in the 1957 Mille Miglia, and Mike Hawthorn setting the first lap record of over200 km/h whilst leading the ’57 Le Mans 24 Hours race. Following its sale in January 1958 to Luigi Chinetti, the car won the Cuban Grand Prix, driven by Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss. The car has resided in the Pierre Bardinon collection since 1970 and has rarely been seen in recent years.
Huge anticipation surrounded its sale; with the potential to rival the $38,115,000 Bonhams achieved in August 2014 for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. On the day the 335 S sold for €32,075,200, whilst not eclipsing the 250 GTO in dollar terms, currency fluctuations made it the most expensive car to sell at auction in euros and sterling.
1955 Jaguar D-Type - $21,780,000 (£16.65M)
RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, USA - 19 August, 2016
RM Sotheby’s 1955 Jaguar D-Type set a new record for the most expensive British automobile sold at auction. Chassis XKD 501 was delivered new to the legendary Ecurie Ecosse team, and was driven to overall victory at the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours race in the hands of Ninian Sanderson and Ron Flockhart (estimate $20,000,000 – 25,000,000).
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider - $19,800,000 (£15.13M)
RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, USA - 20 August, 2016
The Monterey auctions also provided RM Sotheby’s with the third highest sale of the year; the concours award-winning 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B from the Sam and Emily Mann Collection fetched $19,800,000 (estimate $20,000,000 – 25,000,000).
1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider - $18,150,000 (£13.87M)
Gooding and Company, Monterey, USA - 20 August, 2016
Star attraction at Gooding and Company’s Monterey sale was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which realised $18,150,000 (estimate $18,000,000 – 20,000,000). Chassis 1603 GT is one of only nine alloy-bodied LWB California Spiders produced, and was placed 5th overall at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring.
1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider - $17,160,000 (£11.93M)
Gooding and Company, Amelia Island, USA - 11 March, 2016
A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider set a new single lot record at Amelia Island, selling for $17,160,000 (estimate $15,000,000 – 17,000,000). Chassis 2871 GT was a three-owner car and one of only 37 covered-headlight SWB examples produced.