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San Francisco, 16 August 2015

Over 100 cars of incredible breadth and history went over the block at Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge auction in Carmel on Friday resulting in a very successful sale with a 90% sell-through rate and a $46,738,000 total.
While exquisite automobiles from every period of motoring were represented, from Brass Era motorcars to single seat formula racers, it was the Italian cars from Maranello that took top placement.
The mouthwatering and historic race-winning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta was the star of the auction when it achieved $8,525,000 after spirited bidding from contenders across the globe, both in the audience and on the telephones. The increasingly sought after 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder realized $2,640,000 while the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO – another Prancing Horse model that is vaulting to the top of collectors’ interest – made an impressive $2,365,000. The immaculate and unique Pebble Beach class-winning 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet received wide applause when it was bought by a private American connoisseur for $2,200,000, earning a world record for the model.

Other Italian sports cars that earned top results were what could be considered one of the very best examples of its kind in the world, the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America that made a world auction record when it sold for $1,952,500, and the internationally famous Space Age 1953 FIAT 8V Ghia Supersonic – the catalog cover car – that realized a new world record at $1,815,000.

Additional world records made by Bonhams on Friday represent the incredible diversity and quality of the firm’s offerings. Marque records were achieved for the incredible 1949 Veritas Scorpion Cabriolet and the attractive 1949 Lea Francis 2.5-Liter Sports, while model records were made for the 1922 Bugatti Type 29/30 Oval Tank Racer and 1952 SIATA 300BC Sport Spider.

“We’re very pleased with our results,” said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director. “Our strong sell-through rate, the numerous records achieved, and the increased interest from worldwide bidders – not just from America and Europe but from Asia and the Middle East as well – demonstrate the continued strength of the collector car market and demand for the finest examples.”

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Upscale clientele were immediately attracted to the Superamericas. The vehicle presented here, chassis 0717SA, has a royal history stemming from the initial purchase by HRH Mohammad Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran. Then, following his divorce in 1958 from the glamorous Princess Soraya, née Soraya Esfandiari-Bakhtiari, 0717SA remained with her, reportedly as a parting gift. The Ferrari eventually made its way to the United States, taking on a Ferrari concours career in the late 70s, with consecutive showings at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in 1977 and 1978, when 0717SA was awarded First in Class. Beautifully restored under its present ownership, proceeds of the sale of this exceptional Ferrari will benefit an important foundation that provides funds to schools and universities for scholarships to students in need of financial aid.
The Superamerica is revered by all Ferrari enthusiasts, and the rare 410 embodies Enzo Ferrari’s dedication to exclusivity.

1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast ... Estimate $3,000,000-$3,400,000
Unveiled at the 1964 Geneva Auto Salon, the 500 Superfast was the last in a series of ultra-exclusive Ferrari road cars, built in limited numbers for the world’s elite. With coachwork by Pininfarina and an interior dressed in the finest Connolly hides, one can understand why many of these vehicles have such prominent ownership histories. Chassis
6049SF is no exception, with initial ownership records that begin with Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, who acquired the vehicle new in 1965.
Formerly part of the famed Bardinon collection, in 2013 the car underwent a fastidious two-year restoration. Wayne Obry’s renowned Motion Products Inc. (MPI) was commissioned to perform a comprehensive, show-quality restoration that would return the car to its former splendor. No expense was spared to ensure that 6049SF would be a serious contender on the concours circuit. The Superfast, tastefully finished in dark blue with red leather upholstery, is ornate in every detail, from its polished Borrani wire wheels to the custom-made three-piece fitted luggage set.
Since its restoration by Obry, a foremost marque expert, 6049SF has been shown selectively. The quality and accuracy of the presentation has garnered a Ferrari Club of America Platinum Award at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, as well as an invitation to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where the 500 Superfast was displayed among the Ferrari Grand Touring Class in August 2014.

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