Bonhams’ alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Long-nose changed hands for €2,875,000 at its annual Zoute sale on 11 October – the top price of the day.
Other Ferraris contributing towards the €10.6 million sale total included a one-owner 26,707-km 2004 Enzo which fetched €1,506,500 (estimate €1,300,000 – 1,600,000); a ‘non-cat’ ‘non-adjustable’ 20,000-km 1989 F40 made a mid-estimate €920,000; and a 6,000-km single-owner 2016 F12tdf brought €687,190 (estimate €650,000 – 850,000).
A three-owner 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster which had covered some 7,000km since the completion of a two year restoration raised €1,035,000 (estimate €950,000 – 1,100,000), while a 1931 Invicta 4½ Litre S-Type 'Low Chassis', sporting handsome Superleggera lightweight bodywork, narrowly missed its lower estimate, selling for €890,281.
Standout performance for many was the 1964 OSCA 1600 GT 'Double Bubble', soaring above its €280,000 – 340,000 guide, recording a sale at €379,500. Chassis 011 is believed to have been one of only 7 Zagato-bodied cars that were raced in period, actively campaigned by Fausto Mariani with numerous class-podiums in 1964 and ‘65.
Finarte hosted a sale in Padua on 25 October, during the Italian city’s Auto e Moto d’Epoca show. The catalogue cover star – a 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport – drew a winning bid of €639,059 against its pre-sale estimate of €725,000 – 825,000. Resplendant in its original colour scheme, the matching-numbers car was driven by Earl Massimo Alesi to 50th overall at the 1949 Mille Miglia, and had been the subject of a five year restoration in the early 2000s by renowned specialists Carrozzeria Quality Cars.
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