A 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ sold for nearly $5 million to top the results at the RM Sotheby’s London 2022 classic car auction.
RM Sotheby’s sold 13 cars for more than a million dollars at the London 2022 classic car auction. The most expensive car was the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ which sold for $4,857,720. Other top results were for a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, and a 2003 Ferrari Enzo. A Works 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Group B rally car was a rare result above $2 million for the German marque. Freddie Mercury’s Rolls Royce sold for more than ten times pre-sale estimate as a charity lot.
RM Sotheby’s London 2022 Classic Car Auction
RM Sotheby’s London 2022 classic car auction: 5 November 2022 at the Marlborough House in central London, UK.
The sale is the 16th annual RM Sotheby’s sale and again as title sponsor of the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, held in partnership with the Royal Automobile Club, that takes place on 6 November.
The 2022 auction grossed £27,264,325 ($31,571,230) in sales with 83% of all lots sold — the best performance ever for RM Sotheby’s in London.
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- Gran Turismo Collection, including a Ferrari Big Five (288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, LaFerrari)
- Freddie Mercury’s personal 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
- Bonhams Golden Age of Motoring Sale where several cars qualifying for the Veteran Car Run are on offer.
Top Results at the RM Sotheby’s London 2022 Classic Car Auction
The following cars sold for over a million dollars at the RM Sotheby’s London 2022 classic car auction:
|Year||Car||Price (£)||Price ($)|
|1||2022||Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+||4,195,625||4,857,720|
|2||1971||Lamborghini Miura SV||2,058,125||2,382,930|
|5||1985||Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Group B Works||1,805,000||2,089,500|
|6||1985||Lancia Delta S4 Group B Workd||1,636,250||1,894,120|
|7||1990||Ferrari Testarossa Pininfarina Spider “Special Production”||1,467,500||1,699,230|
|8||1993||Bugatti EB110 GT||1,411,250||1,634,100|
|10||2011||Ferrari 599 SA Aperta||1,085,000||1,256,330|
|11||1982||Lancia 037 Groub B Works Evolution 1||1,045,625||1,210,740|
|13||1993||Jaguar XJ220 S||933,125||1,080,420|
Million-Dollar Results at RM Sotheby’s London 2022 Sale
The top results at the RM Sotheby’s London 2022 classic car auctions were from the 18-car Gran Turismo Collection despite several, including a Ferrari F50 and 288 GTO failing to sell.
The most expensive car in the auction was the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, the ultimate variant of the Chiron and one of only 30 ever produced. The fastest of all the Chiron versions, capable of 304 mph, the example sold had only covered 1,416 miles and achieved £4,195,625 — by far the highest price ever paid for a Chiron at a public auction. A 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT sold for £1,411,250 while the 1996 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport failed to sell.
The collection also featured some of the most desirable Ferrari supercars ever produced and it was the 1991 Ferrari F40, 2003 Ferrari Enzo, and the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari which proved to be the biggest Maranello stars of the night. The three cars sold for £1,411,250, £1,917,500, and £1,973,750 respectively. The oldest car in the collection, but by no means the least glamorous, was the 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV by Bertone, which brought an excellent £2,058,125.
Three stunning Group B rally cars, boasting incredible provenance, were sold from the collection. The 1982 Lancia 037 Group B Works Evolution 1 rally car was driven by rally superstars Markku Alén and Walter Röhrl, selling for £1,045,625, while the other Lancia in the trio, the 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B Works which won the 1986 Rallye Monte Carlo in the hands of Finnish rally legend Henri Toivonen, sold for £1,636,250. Completing the lineup was the 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Group B Works, a highly significant example driven by World Rally Champion Hannu Mikkola for the 1985 RAC Rally, which sold for £1,805,000. All three cars represent auction record prices for such examples.
A car that garnered a lot of pre-sale interest was the rare 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Pininfarina Spider ‘Special Production’, one of a small number of special production cars built by Pininfarina for important clients. (The Ferrari factory built only one — for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli.) The example offered was unregistered with less than 500 km and sold for an excellent £1,467,500.
‘The Freddie Effect’ brings an amazing result for charity – RM Sotheby’s was delighted to sell Freddie Mercury’s personal 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, which turned out to produce one of the night’s most remarkable results. Owned by Mercury from 1979 to his untimely death in 1991, the car then passed to his sister, who retained the car for many years. Sold to benefit the charity Superhumans of Ukraine, which is raising funds to help build a brand-new hospital in the Lviv province of Ukraine, the car brought an astonishing £286,250 against a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-£30,000, with all proceeds going to charity.