Tuesday, July 7, 2020

RM Sotheby's top 2018 Pebble Beach results

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti. The third of 36 GTOs built; considered by marque experts to be one of the most authentic and original of all GTO examples. One of 3 factory converted to 'Series II'.

As was widely predicted, it made a princely $48.4m. The price achieved by the car is over $10m more than the previous auction record holding 250 GTO, sold by Bonhams in 2014.
1963 Aston Martin DP215 Competition Prototype. It was the first car to hit 300kph (186mph) down the famous Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans during practice ahead of the 1963 race. The DP215 was 12 seconds per lap quicker than the Ferrari 250 GTO but was forced to retire that year after just 29 laps due to gearbox issues. This car made $21.4m.

The current record for an Aston Martin sold at auction is $22.5m, paid for the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1/1 in 2017.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Coupe, $9,795,000. In the mid-to-late 1960s, Ford made company history by winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours race four years in a row. It was an almost unprecedented stretch of dominance in racing by a single make and model.

Most agree that none of these victories was as important as the first, the 1966 contest in which the GT40 conquered all with a 1-2-3 sweep. Chassis P/1016 was 3rd overall at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours.
1957 Porsche 550A Spyder, $4.9m. This historically important Porsche was displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2014, where it was awarded Best in Class. This example is among the very best in the world.