Another star of the sale was the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Town Car by Brewster, a one-off
design and the first and only of the three special town cars built that still retain their original coachwork.
Created for American millionaire, Matthew Dick of Washington D.C., this one-off car, which cost an
astonishing $31,000 in 1933, sold very well at mid estimate, bringing CHF1,580,000.00 (€1,458,340).
Two other lots in the sale exceeded CH1,000,000, with the third top-selling lot in the sale being the 1958
Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupé. Considered by many to be one the finest of all post-war
Bentleys, and another undoubted highlight of the sale, the exceptional example offered is one of only 94
produced and was the worthy recipient of a winning bid of CHF1,220,000.00 (€1,126,000). The final lot to
exceed CHF1M was the 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé Adaptation by H.J.
Mulliner, which was purchased new for iconic actress Sophia Loren by her husband, Carlo Ponti. With full
documentation, this car boasts incredible provenance and featured with Ms. Loren in Yesterday, Today and
Tomorrow and is one of only 25 original left-hand-drive models produced. It is not a surprise that this car
attracted a great deal of interest, but it’s final selling price of CHF1,045,625.00 (€965,111), makes it another
car in the sale to double its pre-sale estimate of CHF530,000-CHF660,00.
Tonnie Van der Velden, car specialist at RM Sotheby’s says:
“Above all else, we always endeavour to achieve the best possible results for our clients, and we have an
enviable reputation as the leading specialists for selling single-owner collections. This was a stunning
collection of cars that represented one man’s passion for the Rolls-Royce and Bentley marques, and we are
delighted all the cars sold so well. It is also a significant indication that the market for these luxurious
British cars is extremely robust, and it reinforces RM Sotheby’s credentials in this area of the market.”