2016 Bonhams Paris Classic Car Auction Results

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB at Bonhams Paris 2016
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB © Bonhams

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta was at €2 million the only car to have sold for over a million dollar at the Bonhams 2016 Paris classic car auction. Bidding for the other five cars with pre-auction estimates of more than a million dollar stopped around 10% short of the lower estimates and the cars failed to sell, although for post-hammer deals were likely.

Bonhams Paris 2016 Classic Car Auction

Bonhams held its sixth annual Paris classic car sale on 4 February 2016 during Rétromobile week. Around 130 cars were on offer including several veteran cars and a range of small French and European cars rarely seen at top auctions other than the annual Paris Rétromobile week sales.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Bonhams
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB © Bonhams

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, chassis 8973, sold for €2,070,000 ($2,277,000) as the top result at the 2016 Bonhams Paris classic car auction. It was the only car to have sold for over a million dollar during the auction. It was offered without a reserve, and judged by the performance of the other top cars on sale, it probably would not have sold if a reserve were set. The winning bid (without premium) was €1,800,000 – well short of the €2.5 to €3.5 million estimate. (A bid of $2.1 million was rejected for a similar car at Gooding Scottsdale 2016 a few days earlier.)

The result, however, was not far off what similar cars have achieved at auctions in the last two years. This 275 GTB was the penultimate car built before the /4 quad-cam model was introduced but has a steel body with alloy doors, bonnet and boot. Ferrari produced only 453 of the 275 GTBs of which only 107 were long nose, torque tube versions.

Unsuccessful High Bids at Bonhams Paris 2016

A few of the highest unsuccessful bids at the Bonhams Paris 2016 classic car sale include:

Year Car Price (€) Price ($) Estimate (€)
2000 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR Coupé HB 1,700,000 HB 1,870,000 €1,800,000 – €2,000,000
1990 Ferrari F40 HB 880,000 HB 968000 €950,000 – €1,200,000
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider HB 820,000 HB 902,000 €900,000-€1,300,000
2005 Porsche Carrera GT HB700,000 HB 770000 €800,000 – €1,000,000
1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Berlinetta HB 620,000 HB 682,000 €750,000 – €1,100,000

HB = Highest Bid (Unsuccessful). Auction in euro, currency conversion €1=$1.1.

Bidding for the 2000 Mercedes Benz CLK GTR Coupé stopped only €100,000 short of the lower estimate, which left space for post-hammer deals. Only 25 of these cars were produced and sold new for $1 million without options.

Expectations for the 1990 Ferrari F40 were not particularly high but if the highest bid were accepted, the all-in price would have been just over a million dollar. With an F40 in seemingly every classic car auction, bidders can afford to be picky. RM Sotheby’s sold a 1989 Ferrari F40 for $1,139,000 the night before.

Porsche Carrera GTs have been coming to market in droves after Mecum sold one for just over a million dollars at Monterey 2015. At least five have been up for auction thus far in 2015 with the one sold post-hammer for $980,000 at Gooding Scottsdale 2016 the only result higher than the €700,000 offered for 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at Bonhams Paris 2016.

See also: 2016 Bonhams Paris Auction (Preview) for more on these cars.