Noblet Junior enjoyed similar success with the 275 GTB in historic racing motor sports events, picking up
various podium finishes in the Biennial Le Mans Classic. The car also led the 50thanniversary 250 GTO Tour,
the only 275 GTB to be invited to this celebrated event.
Today's buyer, who was present in the packed saleroom, fought a hard-won bidding battle for the Ferrari – his
second of the afternoon, having earlier, by contrast, successfully bid for a Citroen 2CV Sahara!
Meanwhile a younger ‘sibling’ from the Maranello stable, a 2004 Ferrari Enzo sold to a European bidder in the
room for €1,506,500 (and subject to EU import taxes) taking the second spot in the collector’s motor cars
auction. The pristine example of only 400 ‘instant classic supercars’ had covered fewer than 27,000
kilometres from new.
The three other modern Maranello marvels which featured in the top ten of today’s sale were:
- 1989 F40 Berlinetta, which sold for €920,000.
- 2016 F12tdf, delivered new to Belgium, which achieved €747,500
- 1980 512 BB Coupé which realised for €253,000.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motoring, said: “The allure of the prancing horse is always powerful
at Zoute, which has been proven by today’s results.
The buyers and collectors here are most discerning and so it natural that they appreciated the exceptional
quality of the cars on offer today.”
Another popular marque making a strong showing today was Mercedes-Benz, represented in the top ten by
one of its most desirable classic models, the 300 SL Roadster. The exceptional 1957 ‘concours-standard’
example of the ‘jet set’ favourite sold today for €1,035,000, while a majestic 1971 280 SE ‘Flachkühler’
Cabriolet found a new owner for €330,000.
Other Bonhams Zoute Sale highlights include
1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Coupé which sold for €402,500
1964 OSCA 1600 GT ‘Double Bubble’ which achieved €379,500
1958 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster, which realised for €281,750