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No Bonhams sale would be complete without a barn find, but the Spa Classic auction offered an even more
exciting opportunity – a ‘castle find’ collection of twelve of the most iconic motor cars ever created, all of
which were offered at no reserve. The temptation of such a unique offering was too strong for the crowd, and
all 12 cars found new owners. The 1969 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9-Litre Coupé sold to a telephone bidder for
€174,800 against a pre-sale estimate of €100,000-150,000, the 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
achieved €172,500 against €90,000-140,000 and the 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Roadster realised
€111,550. The collection achieved a total of €2,026,300.
Bidding throughout the sale was keen and exchanges prolonged, as was the case with the 1958 Porsche
356A Super Speedster, which eventually achieved €322,000 after auctioneer Rupert Banner presided over a
lengthy three-way bidding war with aplomb. Indeed, Porsches were popular throughout the sale: the 1989
Porsche 911 3.2-Litre ‘Narrow-body’ Speedster realised €280,000 and the 1993 911 Turbo 3.6-Litre Type
964 Coupé sold for €195,500.
Ferraris were as popular as ever, with three entering in to the Top 10 lots and all those offered selling on the
day. The 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica F1 had just one owner from new and had covered a mere
21,000km, which was reflected by its final price of €293,250. An example of ‘the finest GT in the world,’ a
2003 Ferrari 456 Modificata GT Coupé with, aptly, only 456km on the odometer, achieved €120,750 and,
perhaps inspired by the roar of the track outside the saleroom, a beautiful race-ready 1996 Ferrari F355
Challenge Coupé sold for €158,500.
Bonhams Head of Motoring Europe, Philip Kantor, commented: ‘Holding a sale at such an adrenaline-fuelled
location is always a privilege, and we were delighted to bring such a varied selection of motor cars to Spa
once again. Bonhams proved its expertise in offering significant single-owner collections, indicated by the
100% sell rate of the Swiss schloss collection.’
Rupert Banner, Group Motoring Director and the auctioneer of the sale, added: ‘There was a lively atmosphere
in the packed saleroom - the broad range of collectors' motor cars proved very popular with the assembled
crowd. Our European sales continue to go from strength to strength and illustrate the global reach of the
Bonhams motoring department.
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