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This Ferrari just sold for €5,742,500

This Ferrari just sold for €5,742,500

A 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider by Scaglietti topped RM Sotheby’s Le Mans Centenary Auction as the Prancing Horse triumphed in the sale and on track.

The 121 Ferrari competed in 1955’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and that year’s Mille Miglia, and was raced by legendary drivers such as Maurice Trintignant, Harry Schell, and Piero Taruffi. One of just four remaining cars, the Ferrari attracted bids from around the world and went under the hammer for €5,742,500.

More modern machinery came in the form of a 2007 Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 that sold for €2,255,000. Built by Prodrive, it is thought to be one of just 18 in existence. The car demonstrated a strong race pedigree, which included third in the GT1 class and 22nd overall at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as third at the 2008 Silverstone Tourist Trophy and 24 Hours of Spa.

While the Aston featured a stunning Gulf livery, a 1984 Lancia LC2 – a factory-backed sports prototype created to compete in the World Sportscar Championship – wore the iconic Martini colours. It took pole position in the 1984 race, driven by Wollek and Nannini, and also sold for €2,255,000. 

Other sale highlights included a 1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly (€1,551,875), the only example to ever race at Le Mans and a 2008 Saleen S7-R (€1,298,750), which won the LMGT1 class at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, taking 13th overall.

Another star of the show was a 1954 OSCA MT4 by Morelli. Built by the Maserati brothers, it sold for €1,270,625. Finally, a 1990 Nissan 390CK that took pole position at Le Mans in the hands of Mark Blundell, went under the hammer for €1,073,750.

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Aside from all of the glorious cars to go under the hammer, one other standout lot was the French triclore flag that was waved to start the 1965 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. It sold for €396,000, but its story gained new significance this year, as the 1965 just happens to be the last time, prior to 2023 that Ferrari had taken overall victory at the world’s greatest motor race.

 

Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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Porsche 962 at Le Mans

A stunning collection of Le Mans legends are up for sale

A stunning collection of Le Mans legends are up for sale

RM will celebrate 100 years of Le Mans as a star-studded list of racers – led by a works Porsche 962 – crosses the blocks on 9th June ahead of the start of the world-famous endurance race. 

Guided at £5,000,000 – £7,500,000, the 962 was one of three cars assigned to the Rothmans Porsche Factory for the 1985 and 1986 seasons. It made its first appearance at Le Mans in 1985. Driven by John Watson, Vern Schuppan, and Al Holbert chassis #004 qualified fifth behind four other 962s (which were using specially prepared qualifying engines) but would spend half the race in second place before a crankshaft failure saw it retire with less than four hours of the race remaining. 

The same car took pole at Le Mans the following year – in the hands of Bob Wollek, Jochen Mass and Vern Schuppan – before an oil spill caused it to crash out in the early hours of Sunday morning, missing out on what looked like a guaranteed third-place finish. 

The Porsche went on to be raced by a host of privateers – its most notable success being second place at the Nürburgring 1,000km in the hands of Derek Bell and Hans-Joachim Stuck – before being sold to a collector in 1988. 

Bought by the current owner in 2004, the car was subject to a full restoration by marque specialist, Trevor Crisp, in 2018. It’s eligible for various historic events including the Le Mans Classic and Rennsport Reunion. 

While a German stars at RM, there’s no shortage of British machinery to get excited about, including the Jaguar XJR-12 LM. It took 4th overall at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Derek Warwick, John Nielsen, and Andy Wallace and went on to finish 2nd and 4th, respectively, at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring the following year. It’s guided at £2,150,000-£2,550,000.

Also flying the flag is a 1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ (£1,250,000-£1,550,000), 1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM (£1,350,000-£1,900,000) and a 2007 Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 (£1,800,000-£2,150,000).

We understand that every vehicle is unique, which is why our Agreed Valuation policies take the true value of your classic car into account.

Ferrari will have a strong showing at the sale, too. A 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider by Scaglietti (£4,700,000-£5,500,000) that was raced by works drivers Maurice Trintignant, Harry Schell, and Piero Taruffi will cross the blocks having been subject to a full restoration in 2023.

In addition, you can bid on a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione (£4,100,000 – £4,450,000), while more modern machinery comes in the form of a 2006 Ferrari F430 GTC (£650,000 – £850,000). 

Fancy something a little bit different? Then how about a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III that served as the Le Mans Safety Car that same year. Expected to make up to £550,000, it’ll cross the block carrying no reserve. 

Other cars that caught our eye include one of two beautiful 1954 OSCA MT4s (£1,100,000-£1,300,000), class-winning 1967 Alpine A210 (£1,000,000-£1,300,000), Mark Blundell’s pole-setting 1990 Nissan R90CK (£850,000-£1,300,000), an early works 1996 Chrysler Viper GTS-R (£500,000-£600,000) and a factory-entered 2005 Spyker C8 GT2-R (£215,000-£300,000).

We’ll bring you a full auction report after the sale. 

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Porsche 962C at the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours

A Le Mans Porsche 962 is up for sale

A Le Mans Porsche 962 is up for sale

A Porsche 962C that took third place at the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours will go under the hammer at Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale on 30th June.

The car is ready to race (having been subject to an engine rebuild), is presented in its original colours and carries an upper estimate of €1,800,000 (£1.6 million). 

Driven by Tiff Needell, David Sears and Anthony Reid, the Porsche finished behind the two Silk Cut Jaguars of Martin Brundle and Andy Wallace. But only after the second-placed Brun Porsche – piloted by Walter Brun, Oscar Larrauri, and Jesus Pareja – blew its engine with just 15 minutes of the race remaining. 

Chassis #154 went on to complete a full season of the Japan Sports Prototype Championship Series that year, with Derek Bell and Tiff Needell behind the wheel – fifth place at the Fuji 500 miles was its most notable achievement.

Based on the 956 – the first Porsche race car with a monocoque chassis and a ground-effect underside – the 962C got a revised design that, for safety reasons, brought the driver’s feet behind the front axle. It had a turbocharged flat-six producing north of 600PS, sending power to the rear wheels via a Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) sequential dual-clutch gearbox. It’s a combination that means the 962’s successes include wins at Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1991.

After a four-year hiatus, Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale returned in 2022. A 1954 Maserati A6 GCS/53 Fiandri Spyder topped the sale, crossing the blocks for €3,418,000 (or just over £3 million). Total sales of €12,313,207 – with a 75% sell-through rate – were recorded.

A full catalogue for this year’s sale to be released in the coming months.

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