RM Auctions Car Secured Over £5.1 Million At Its Debut Salon Privé

1929 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans' Style Tourer 1929 Bentley Speed Six ‘Le Mans’ Style Tourer RM Auctions, the world’s largest auction house for quality automobiles secured £5.1 million (over $8.2 million) in classic car sales at its debut Salon Privé sale in west London last night. The new Quintessentially English summer sale was held in conjunction with the Salon Privé Luxury Super Car Show and Concours d’Elegance where 57 automobiles and a select range of motorcycles were presented to a packed house. The highlights of the sale were popular British marques Bentley and Aston Martin, which attracted strong interest and lively bidding in the room, on the phones and over the internet. A 1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Style Tourer claimed the top sale of the evening, bringing £470,400 ($751,370), while a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible, purchased new by famed actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov, spurred a lively bidding war to realize a final sales price of £431,200 ($688,750), over £110,000 ($175,700) more than its pre-sale high estimate. One more important sale was the 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.8S Roadster for £201,600 ($322,000), an impressive result which makes it one of the most valuable XK150’s ever sold at auction.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible Featured at Salon Privé

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible One of only 70 variants ever made, 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Convertible was specially created for famed actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. The DB4 engine features a dual overhead camshafts and displacing 3,670 cc, was entirely constructed from aluminum and produced 240 bhp in standard tune with dual SU carburetors.
The 1961 DB4 Vantage Convertible offered at Salon Privé auction, chassis 1068L, carries fascinating celebrity provenance, having been ordered new by none other than the legendary actor, playwright and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. It was delivered to him at Switzerland’s Montreux Palace Hotel on 27th July 1962 and registered 911 CGT. As the DB4 was intended for use on the Continent, Mr. Ustinov specified the car with left-hand drive and the uprated Special Series (more commonly known as the Vantage) engine. Originally delivered in Desert White with red Connolly hides, the DB4 was also equipped with such desirable items as chrome wire wheels and overdrive. Copies of the Aston Martin build sheet confirm that 1068L returned to the works for servicing three times between 1962 and 1968.

RM Aauctions Achieves over €23 Million in Two Hours at Debut Sale at the Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este

Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este
  • RM Auctions posts over €23 million in sales during two hours of furious bidding at its inaugural sale at the world-renowned Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
  • Six automobiles fetch over €1 million, with two lots surpassing €3 million
  • Top-sellers: 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta achieves €3.36 million and an exquisite 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé brings over €3.1 million
  • Bertone S.p.A Collection exceeds all expectations, resulting in €3.6 million in total sales
CERNOBBIO, Italy (24 May, 2011) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, kicked off its 2011 European calendar in style on the weekend, posting over €23 million ($33,436,750) at its debut sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Italy. Held in conjunction with the celebrated Italian concorso d’eleganza, the two-hour sale treated a discerning international audience to one of the most significant offerings of collector cars presented in recent auction history, including the highly-anticipated sale of six unique Bertone concept cars. Featuring a handpicked selection of 32 motor cars, six automobiles achieved individual million-euro-plus results, with two lots surpassing €3 million. Top sale honours went to a stunning 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta for €3,360,000, along with a breathtaking, concours-quality 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé which sold for €3,136,000

2011 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance to Celebrate Indy 500’s 100th Anniversary

Bill Evans' 1913 Isotta Fraschini IM Bill Evans’ 1913 Isotta Fraschini IM (PRWEB – La Quinta, CA, February 16, 2011) – An annual celebration of beauty, art, design and engineering, this 3-day premier motorsports event culminates with the prestigious Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance. In addition to more than 200 classic cars, featuring the finest examples of automotive excellence, visitors will enjoy fine food, beverages and music while viewing rarely seen automobiles, many from private collections and museums. Thousands of classic and vintage car enthusiasts will be heading to The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance in La Quinta, CA, just outside Palm Springs, on Sunday, February 27th. Hailed as one of the Top Ten Classic Car Shows in the World, the 4th Annual Concours d’Elegance & Vintage Car Auction will be highlighting 100 Years of Indy Cars,marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

Automobiles of London Auction Achieves Over $30 Million

1964 James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 1964 James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 RM Auctions held its fourth annual Automobiles of London auction on October 27th, 2010 at Battersea Evolution in London, resulting in £19,147,790 in total sales and an 87% sell-through rate. This year’s Automobiles of London has been hitting the headlines for the astounding £2.912 million ($4,608,500) price for James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. Along with Most Famous Car in the World, 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5, were eight that surpassed the million dollar mark. For the past number of years our London sale has been a highlight on RM’s calendar of events, and this year we are once again very pleased with the results, said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.