A 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S and 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S Roadster led the results at the Bonhams London Bond Street 2022 classic car auction.
The most expensive car sold at the Bonhams London Bond Street 2022 sale was a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S that achieved £1,067,800 (US $1,300,000) — the last million-dollar auction car of the year. Many of the top lots in the sale achieved well above estimate including two Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 models — a roadster and a coupe.
Bonhams London Bond Street 2022 Auction
Bonhams The Bond Street Sale in London on 16 December 2022.
Bonhams earned £6,550,900 in the auction by selling 106 lots for a sell-through rate of 77% (96% by value).
Top Ten Results at the Bonhams London Bond Street 2022 Sale
The ten most expensive cars sold at the Bonhams London Bond Street Sale 2022 were:
Top Results at the Bonhams London Bond Street 2022 Auction
Top Lamborghini Results
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 (US $1,300,000), as the last million-dollar auction car for 2022. The landmark Miura, Lamborghini’s first mid-engine sports model, was a matching numbers example, first owned by colorful 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 — well above estimate.
A 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.
Strong Mercedes-Benz Results
Another powerful pair that 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 a 2007 SLR McLaren 722 Edition Coupé, which made £575,000.
Another big-hitting Mercedes-Benz was the ‘ultimate toy’, an ultra-rare, luxurious high-performance off-roader. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6×6, powered by a twin-turbo V8 5.5-litre AMG engine, which had covered just over 100 miles from new, sold above estimate for £631,000.
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 saw impressive sales, with 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.
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. Bonhams’ classic car auctions in the USA will start earlier in the year with the traditional Scottsdale, Arizona, sale in January and Amelia Island, Florida, in March.