RM at Monterey - 17 - 18th August 2007 Review
Top seller at RM’s 2007 Monterey extravaganza (that grossed $46 million) was, predictably enough, the ex-Le Mans 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Spyder California Competizione, selling for $4,950,000. This was one of nine vehicles topping the magic $1 million mark.
The other big sellers included the ex-Mars family 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car ($4,400,000), a 1933 Delage D8S Coupe Roadster with one-off de Villars coachwork ($3,740,000) and the 1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT ‘Factory Lightweight’ for $1,650,000.
1953 Allard JR Cadillac "Le Mans" Roadster - Sold for $341,000
1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe - Sold for $495,000
The top selling Ferrari had been restored in Ferrari red, which was a pity as the original 1959 class winner (and 5th overall car) was metallic grey carrying various racing modifications.
As we previewed, the home-grown muscle cars were not as prevalent as in years past so it was the traditional RM Monterey fare of ex-competition and 1930s elegance holding sway. An example of the former was the 1953 Allard JR Cadillac "Le Mans" Roadster selling for $341,000, while the latter category included the Duesenberg and the Delage as well as a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster for $2,530,000.
1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spider - Sold for $275,000
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder - Sold for $1,056,000
One of the interesting US performance car entries was the 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept Car. This 600+ hp fully functioning styling exercise sold for $1,100,000 - low estimate but still a significant sum.
Nearly 200 cars passed over the auction block and 92% of these found new owners. The few non-sellers included the 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, and the 1937 Delage D6-3L Grand Prix Race Car.
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKII Fixed Head Coupe - Sold for $121,000
To see the complete results of the 2007 RM Monterey sale please click HERE.
For further information please visit www.rmauctions.com.
Don't forget RM will be holding their second European Sale this year in London, on October 31st, when they will sell The Bernie Ecclestone Collection.
The scene at the Plaza at night
Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - RM Auctions
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