A 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari sold for $2,876,760 and a 1987 Porsche 959 for $1,555,000 as the top results in the RM Sotheby’s London sale 2021.
RM Sotheby’s sold three cars for over a million dollar at the London 2021 classic car auction. The most expensive car sold was a 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari that achieved $2,876,760. A 1987 Porsche 959 achieved $1,555,000 — well above presale estimate. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630 K from 90 years single-owner family and with bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War sold for just over a million dollar.
RM Sotheby’s London 2021 Classic Car Auction
RM Sotheby’s held its 15th annual London auction on November 6, 2021, during ‘The London Motor Week’. The auction, hosted at The Royal Automobile Club and with previews taking place in the historic Waterloo Place just off Pall Mall, grossed £7,765,265 with a pair of iconic supercars topping the sales.
Top Ten Results at RM Sotheby’s London Sale 2021
The ten highest results at the RM Sotheby’s London 2021 classic car auction were:
|Year & Car||Price|
|1. Lot 138||2016 Ferrari LaFerrari||£2,142,500|
|2. Lot 114||1987 Porsche 959 Komfort||£1,158,125|
|3. Lot 129||1928 Mercedes-Benz 630 Tourer||£792,500|
|4. Lot 127||1960 Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Speedster Sanction Lost||£455,000|
|5. Lot 135||1993 Jaguar XJ220||£432,500|
|6. Lot 139||1961 Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé Sanction Lost||£426,875|
|7. Lot 140||1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer||£415,625|
|8. Lot 126||1960 AC Ace-Bristol||£252,500|
|9. Lot 124||1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé||£230,000|
|10. Lot 128||1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super||£230,000|
Million-Dollar Car Results at the RM Sotheby’s London Sale 2021
The 2016 Ferrari LaFerrari, finished in an exquisite one-of-one special order livery of Vinaccia paint over Pelle Chiodi Di Garofano interior, sold for £2,142,500 ($2,876,760), as the most expensive car sold in the RM Sotheby’s London 2021 sale. A star of the legendary hypercar trio that set the standard for high performance and high technology motoring in the last decade, this LaFerrari has covered just 918 miles, boasts a documented service history by authorized Ferrari dealers, and is accompanied by fitted luggage, manuals, and toolkit. This was the cheapest of the three LaFerraris sold at auction thus far in 2021.
Thirty years before the LaFerrari was made, it was the Porsche 959 that embodied all that automotive technology had to offer in the 1980s. The Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche 959 offered in the London sale, was first delivered to Germany and had, unusually, been in the same ownership since 1989. The ultimate ‘poster car’ of the 1980s, the 959 exceeded its pre-sale high estimate bringing £1,158,125 ($1,555,000).
Another car that garnered a huge amount of pre-sale interest, was the 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630 K which had, incredibly, been in the same family’s ownership for the past 90 years. This historic and powerful supercharged pre-war touring car was presented in entirely unrestored condition and boasted unique features such as bullet holes inflicted during the 1936 Spanish Civil War. This wonderful car made an outstanding £792,500 ($1,064,000) and was the third highest-selling lot in the sale.
The two most valuable cars in the auction failed to sell with the highest bids in the sale: £3.7 million failed to buy the 1952 Jaguar C-Type (Estimate: £4,000,000 – £4,500,000 and £3.2 million was insufficient to acquire the 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourer (Estimate: £3,800,000 – £4,200,000).
RM Sotheby’s 2021 live auction calendar draws to a close later this month with The Guikas Collection, held at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France on Friday 19 November 2021. Comprised of 75 of the finest road and track automobiles from a single-owner collection, each lot is offered entirely without reserve.