Ferrari Daytona sold for record sum

Ferrari Daytona sold for record sum

A Ferrari Daytona was among the iconic motors sold at a recent classic car auction held by Coys.

The international auctioneer hosted its annual summer event in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, achieving more than £6 million in total sales.

One of the biggest attractions was the first right-hand drive Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe to be delivered new to Britain.

The 1970 classic, which is regarded as one of the finest original Daytonas in the world, sold for a UK record auction price of £765,640.

The event also featured some important collector cars, including a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' that fetched £925,000; a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet that sold for £166,440; and a 1969 Lamborghini Islero S for £165,320.

A famous movie motor also went under the hammer. Captain Nemo's six-wheeled Nautilus car, which was driven by Sean Connery in the adventure film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, sold for £31,860.

Other notable sales included a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-litre Semi-Lightweight, which sold for £222,440; a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring (472) for £427,400; a 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT for £57,800; and a barn-find 1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Sports Saloon Coachwork by Tickford One for £136,200.

Chris Routledge, managing partner at Coys , says the event was a huge success, with high-profile cars being sold at record prices.

There was some "fierce bidding" for many of the cars - especially the Daytona - from all over the world, he adds.

Alongside the auction, car enthusiasts were invited to bring their own classic vehicles for the Concours d'Elegance competition, which saw more than 40 vehicles turning up at the palace grounds to be judged.

The winners included a 1972 Porsche 914/6 owned by Johnny Spero, which took the Coys Spirit of Motoring trophy celebrating the epitome of the motoring enthusiast.

A 1957 Bentley S1 Continental DHC won the Churchill Trophy for the Best Car of the Day.

Other victors included a 1934 Lagonda M45 Tourer, which won the Coys Judges Award; a 1952 Jaguar C-Type (Mille Miglia car), which was driven to the concours and won the HRDC Essence of The Sport trophy; and a 1967 Maserati 4000 Spyder, which won the Kensington Trophy for the most elegant design.

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