Lamborghini Miura is Top of Bonhams Christmas Cars List

LANDMARK SPORTS CAR LEADS SEASON-CLOSING BOND STREET SALE

L-R, 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupé, sold for £1,067,000, and a 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Coupé which made £460,000

London,16 December - A 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupé, in festive red and gold livery, was the top lot of Bonhams pre-Christmas Bond Street Sale, selling for £1,067,800 to a telephone bidder. Today's season-ending auction at the flagship Bonhams saleroom achieved a total of £6.5million and a 77% sell-through rate.

The landmark Miura, Lamborghini's first mid-engine sports model, was a matching numbers example, first owned by colourful aristocrat and Scottish banking heir George De Vere Drummond (Godson of George VI, backer of Radio Caroline and former racing driver and team owner).

The Miura was offered from long-term family ownership of more than 25 years, along with its younger sibling, a 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Coupé which achieved £460,000.


1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Coupé, sold for £460,000

Sholto Gilbertson, International Senior Specialist, Bonhams Collector Cars and the sale's auctioneer, said: "Bonhams were honoured to have been entrusted by the late owner's family to present and offer these beautifully preserved supercars and are delighted with these results."


2009 SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster, estimate £400,000-600,000

Another powerful pair which proved popular in New Bond Street, selling at their top estimates, were two Mercedes-Benz supercars: a 2009 SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster which achieved £687,000 and its hardtop sibling 2007 SLR McLaren 722 Edition Coupé, which made £575,000.

Other highlights of the boutique sale included:


2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6x6, sold for £631,000

2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6x6, sold above estimate for £631,000
Another big-hitting Mercedes-Benz was the 'ultimate toy', an ultra-rare, luxurious high-performance off-roader, powered by a twin-turbo V8 5.5-litre AMG engine, which had covered just over 100 miles from new.

2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 SE Coupé, sold above estimate for £276,000. The Countach's replacement, the Diablo was the first Lamborghini to break the 200mph barrier. Only 42 examples of the swansong SE variant, considered the ultimate Diablo, were produced.


The ex-Esteban Ocon, 2017 Force India-Mercedes VJM10 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater, sold for £149,500

The ex-Esteban Ocon, 2017 Force India-Mercedes VJM10 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater, sold for £149,500. Offered directly from the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team, the racing car, which achieved nine points-scoring finishes, helping the Force India team to fourth place in the 2017 Formula 1 Constructors' Championship, raced past its top estimate to achieve the six-figure sum.

The earlier automobilia sale also produced impressive results, with the nine of the top ten lots surpassing their top pre-sale estimates, led by a pair of Jackie Stewart Faramaz Grand Prix race overalls, which achieved £25,000.

Tim Schofield, Head of Department, Bonhams Collector Cars UK, said: "This is a fitting finale to another busy year for Bonhams. Our two final successful sales at our New Bond Street headquarters show that Bonhams has all areas of the collector cars market covered, from the Victorian era to 21st century supercars."

Looking ahead to 2023, the first UK sale for Bonhams Collector Cars will be the Goodwood Members Meeting Sale on 16 April at Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, which is open for consignments of collector and racing cars. Contact: [email protected] for further details.

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