The Sportscar Auction Geneva 7th October 2006 - Review
As expected, the most expensive car sold at the recent Geneva sale was the 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB - for SFR 2,222,000, that’s around £945,000 or US$1.75m. That apart, the nicely designed catalogue and high standard of saleroom presentation meant that exactly 50% of the entries were sold, and some like the 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato, at SFR224,000, for significant sums.
The saleroom took up a large part of the exhibition hall (with the aeroplane entries, none of which sold, sitting on an adjacent Geneva airport runway) and pride of place naturally went to the Ferrari, a ‘Lusso’ car that had seen competition in-period and was now prepared for modern day historic racing. Not ‘matching numbers’ but nevertheless very desirable, the price was fair to both sides.
The 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia "Supersonic" sold well for SFR570,900, as did the 1965 AC Cobra 427 at SFR534,800 showing just how much in demand these cars are now. Another good price was the SFR129,700 for the 1952 Aston Martin DB 2 Coupé, a pale grey car that looked better in the metal than on paper.
A few non-sellers of the cars we previewed included the 1978 BMW M 1 Procar and the 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet however the rare 1965 ASA 1000 GT did, just at its bottom-estimate of SFR 70,700.
Collectors of more recent exotic classic cars would be intrigued to note the prices of the 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa P 350 Targa (SFR62,200), the 1988 Ferrari 328GTS (SFR55,400) and the 1996 Aston Martin Virage Volante (SFR113,000), while 12-cylinder Ferrari enthusiasts having missed out first on 275GTBs and now 365GTB/4 ‘Daytonas’ will be looking at the SFR85,900 (that’s EURO 54,000 or £37,200) achieved for the 1977 Ferrari 512BB with interest.
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Text - Steve Wakefield
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