If you missed out on Monaco’s automotive events this year, RM has released the top sellers from this year’s auction. The star of the show was a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta which sold for $8.25 Million. It was fielded at LeMans for 1951 and ’52 along with the Mille Miglia Rally in the 80’s. Runner up went to a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, which is the only known street legal example. Built to compete against the CLK-GTR, it was a preview of the 996 generation that is ready to race. It was expected to bring up to $3 Million, and it hammered for approx. $3,141,479. This sets a new benchmark for the downforce cars of the 90’s, so hopefully we will see more of them resurface.
RM’s European Manager Peter Wallman said: “By any standards, we have enjoyed a successful sale this weekend with in excess of €27.5 million sold. The Ferrari 340 America was the most expensive car sold in Monaco this weekend and a number of model specific records have also been achieved. We remain broadly positive about the continued growth in certain areas of the market and are looking forward to a summer of strong sales.”
Earlier on Saturday bidders and spectators gathered to watch the Quattroruote Collection cross the block. Offered without a reserve, it consisted of 37 cars, bikes and automotive collectibles. Two noteworthy lots included an original 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet which sold for $748,878 and a 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupé Limousine for $120,575. Given the current exchange rate between the Dollar and Euro, the auction amounted in total sales of $31,187,305.