Broad Arrow Auctions’ two-day Jim Taylor Collection sale generated $21.26 million, with over 500 lots of automobilia and 131 cars finding new homes. Top result went to a US-delivered 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with a matching-numbers engine at $1,820,000 (estimate $1,200,000 – 1,400,000).
Both the three-owner Shelby Cobras beat their lower estimates; Taylor’s 1967 427 showing only 7,360 miles drew the second highest price at the auction, hammered away for $1,325,000 (estimate $1,200,000 – 1,400,000), while the unrestored 1964 289 went for $995,000 (estimate $950,000 – 1,200,000).
An ex-Nigel Mansell 1993 Lola T93/00 Ford Cosworth was the star performer at RM Sotheby’s Newman/Haas Racing sale, raising $995,000 (estimate $400,000 – 900,000). Mansell clinched the 1993 CART PPG IndyCar World Series with Chassis 5, bagging three poles and four wins along the way.
Bonhams posted its best Zoute result to date, reporting a €25million total and an impressive 95% sell-through rate. Notable sales included a 1957 BMW 507, one of only 34 Series I cars produced, achieving €2,093,000 (estimate €2,000,000 – 2,500,000); a 1968 Lamborghini Miura with a seized engine took €1,115,500 (estimate €500,000 – 800,000); and an 82-km 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster blitzed its €500,000 – 600,000 estimate, ultimately selling for €865,000 after some post-sale adjustments.
Another Miura made the headlines at Artcurial’s Paris sale, its 52,143km 1969 S topping the results at €1,416,000 (estimate €900,000 – 1,400,000). Youngtimers continued to fetch strong money, Artcurial’s 31,000-km 1995 Renault Clio Williams from Renault’s own collection comfortably exceeded the €25,000 – 45,000 guide, selling for €73,904, while a rare 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally, believed to have been used as a test mule in period by Jean-Claude Andruet, garnered €190,720 (estimate €160,000 – 200,000).
An elegant 1956 Bentley S1 Continental was one of a number of cars offered without reserve at H&H’s Imperial War Museum sale from the estate of the late Robert Riding, selling for £180,000. Presented in its original scheme of Shell Grey over Red leather, it was purchased by Riding in 2001, since when more than £50,000 had been spent on paintwork and upgrades.
Rally cars led the way at Aguttes’ L’Adventure Peugeot Citroën DS sale, headed by a Citroën ZX Rallye Raid Evo 5 that finished second on the 1994 Paris Dakar at €420,300 (estimate €200,000 – 300,000), and a 1977 Peugeot 504 Coupe Gr. IV with period competition history that was restored in 2014 at €195,900 (estimate €80,000 – 120,000).
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