As this unprecedented start to the 2020s continues, most countries remain in some kind of lockdown.
Restrictions have been lifted here in Monaco, but it’s going to be some time before live events are back to any kind of normality. You might think that all these restrictions on people’s movements would cause sales of classic and supercars to go off a cliff, but that simply hasn’t been the case.
While online art auctions have only generated a paltry 5% of sales compared to their live events a year ago, there’s been much more movement in the world of automotive artworks. Our own Ferrari Daytona has found a new home and we’re already receiving interest in the ultra rare RHD ‘chairs and flares Ferrari Dino.
At the recent RM Sotheby’s online auction featuring the Petitjean collection, an online record of €19.2 million was achieved. Some of the star lots included the spectacular Porsche 935 recreation owned by a Monaco collector. With zero miles since delivery and a wild specification, the second of just 77 examples changed hands for €1.32m.
Porsche was well represented in the sale, with the CTR2 from specialist tuning company RUF fetching a chunky €682,000. With competition history including the 1997 Pikes Peak hillclimb and 19 class wins, this 1997 example helped to cement RUF’s legend by proving it could make reliable as well as superfast versions of Porsche’s standard offerings.
If you prefer understated elegance to outright performance, a pretty Aston Martin DB6 Volante was sold for €627,000. With just 800 km added since a full restoration by the factory, this car also has some provenance having been delivered new to the president of the Campbells soup company. I assume the new owner will also acquire a suitable Andy Warhol painting to reflect the car’s history…
Any dictators from banana republics would appreciate the size, comfort and status inherent in a Mercedes Pullman 600. Suitably listed as belonging to a former President of the Ivory Coast, this immaculate example should avoid the streets of Monaco, especially the hairpin on the Grand Prix circuit where a 6 point turn would be needed to negotiate the turn. This 1967 giant achieved €264,000 including buyer’s fees.
If you saw Iain and I’s recent video about how to buy a Lamborghini Countach, you would appreciate the unrestored example sold here for €297,000. Its first owner liked it so much that he kept it for 30 years and put just 14,000 kms on the clock. Completely original and unrestored, it was sold by its second owner, a German collector who did not even register it for the road.
Rarities included a 1965 Apollo 5000 GT Coupe by Intermeccanica which was sold for €209,000 and a 1981 Lancia Stradale which was bid up to €451,000. One of my personal favourites, a 1961 Facel Vega HK500 originally sold in New York before returning to Europe, was sold at €159,500.
The message is clear. No global pandemic is going to end the love affair between man and motor car.