Carmel, 22nd August, 2022
A rival Italian, a 1969 Lamborghini P400S Miura, made a record price of $1,957,000. The stunning
matching-numbers example of the top-of-the-line landmark Miura had been the subject of a superb,
factory-correct specialist restoration, while retaining its original bodywork.
Other European classics to wow the Californian crowd today included a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Gullwing Coupé, which achieved $1,737,500. This superbly restored Gullwing had been kept by one
family owner. Originally a daily driver for its first owner, Greek shipping magnate George C. Makris, the SL
was latterly stored in a climate-controlled environment and had covered under 22,000 miles from new.
Meanwhile, its convertible sibling, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, also broke the million-dollar
barrier, selling for $1,039,000. Offered from 36 years’ single-family ownership, a previous custodian of this SL
was renowned racing driver Bob Akin.
Pre-war perfection was offered with two further seven-figure sales. A 1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria,
with one-off coachwork by LeBaron, sold for $1,435,000. Having been meticulously restored, the Stutz
became one of the most awarded American Classics in modern Concours d'Elegance events, including at The
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Ex-Steve McQueen 1971 Husqvarna motorcycle, sold at top estimate for $186,500. One of McQueen’s
favourite off-road bikes which he kept until his death in 1980. The lovingly preserved, authentic machine was
offered in “as last ridden by McQueen” condition.