Bonhams posted the top result in October, with a 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport bringing a mid-estimate €2,242,500 at their Zoute sale in Belgium. One of only 30 SS models built, it was optioned from new by its German owner with an engine upgrade and had been recently serviced by Bugatti at 29,995km.
Success among the Ferraris on offer included a barely used one-owner 1989 F40 with only 1,790km that comfortably exceeded its €1,000,000 – 1,500,000 pre-sale estimate at €1,840,000; a single-family owned 1968 365 GTC made €655,500 (estimate €600,000 – 700,000; and a Ferrari Classiche certified 1971 Dino 246 GT, recently repainted in its original Azzuro Dino, fetched €356,500 (estimate €300,000 – 400,000).
A 58,000-km 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S smashed its €300,000 – 400,000 guide at Dorotheum’s Salzburg sale, hammered away for €460,000, while a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with only 3,950km also found a new home at €253,000 (estimate €210,000 – 290,000).
A brace of Group B rally cars from the Michel Hommell Collection made the headlines at Artcurial’s Paris sale, helping the French auction house generate just short of €6 million in total sales. The ex-Jean-Claude Andruet 1986 Citroën BX 4TC Evolution, one of only 6 or 7 thought to still exist and untouched since its last rally in period, drew €417,200 (estimate €250,000 – 350,000), with the 1986 Nissan 240 RS that finished 8th in the 1986 Ivory Coast Rally making €214,560 (estimate €130,000 – 190,000).
Bonhams added The Audrain Concours in Newport to its roster of American auctions, the inaugural sale headed by a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing at $1,556,000 (estimate $1,300,000 – 1,600,000). Other big-ticket cars changing hands included a 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 at $728,250 (estimate $750,000 – 950,000), and a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Tourer with Vanden Plas coachwork selling for $651,250 (estimate $700,000 – 950,000).
Staying state side, RM Sotheby’s 15th annual Hershey auction saw cars from the Robert Thayer collection lock out the top three results. The concours-award winning trio featured a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster, taking a mid-estimate $1,650,000, a 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster reached the upper end of its guide at $891,000 and a 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster raised $407,000 (estimate $350,000 – 450,000).
H&H’s 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 led the way at their Buxton sale, commanding a winning bid of £67,500 (estimate £50,000 – 60,000). One of only 22 examples with Owen Sedanca bodywork by Gurney Nutting, it was purchased by the consignor in 1994 and had been recently recommissioned following five years in storage.
A 1955 Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe was the star performer at Brightwells’ timed online auction in October, drawing a mid-estimate £50,400. One of 738 right-hand drive home market coupes produced, regularly exercised by the vendor since acquiring it from Pendine in 2016, it came with a history file and Heritage Certificate confirming an original engine block and gearbox.
Read through the rest of our classic car auction reports for more auction results. Check out our online resource for upcoming classic car auction events and classic car auction results around the world.