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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.

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

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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