The top result at the 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction during the Monterey classic car week was $8,525,000 paid for a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione. Bonhams achieved prices over a million dollar on 12 cars with the top-four, multi-million results all for Ferraris. A Porsche 959 Komfort sold for nearly $1.5 million while one of the two Mercedes Benz 300 SLs offered failed to clear the reserve margin.
Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 Results
After the momentous 2014 Quail Lodge auctions, where Bonhams had the Bianco Rosso collection with the record breaking $38-million-dollar Ferrari 250 GTO on offer, the 2015 sale was always going to be less spectacular. In 2015, Bonhams had a sell-through rate of 90% for total earnings of $46.7 million compared to $108 million in 2014 but only $33 million in 2013.
The top results at the Bonhams 2015 Quail Lodge classic car sale were:
|1959||Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta by Scaglietti||8,525,000|
|1971||Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider||2,640,000|
|1985||Ferrari 288 GTO||2,365,000|
|1951||Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale||2,200,000|
|1955||Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America||1,952,500|
|1953||Fiat 8V Supersonic||1,815,000|
|1987||Porsche 959 Komfort||1,457,500|
|1954||Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe||1,166,000|
|1953||Siata 208S Sports Two Seater||1,072,500|
|1922||Bugatti Type 29/30 Reservoir Ovale Course||1,045,000|
|1967||Lamborghini Miura P400||1,039,500|
Prices paid include premium.
Top Ferrari Results at the Bonhams 2015 Quail Lodge Auction
Five Ferraris sold for over a million dollar each at the 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge classic car sale with the top four, and all multi-million dollar results, for Ferraris:
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione
The top result at the 2015 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction during the Monterey classic car week was $8,525,000 for a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta with bodywork by Scaglietti. The car is in a perfectly restored condition.
This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione was the fifth of only seven interim LWB cars produced with SWB-style coachwork. The car was third overall in the Tour de France race series in 1959 and a winner at Watkins Glen.
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
Bonhams’ second-highest result was for a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider that achieved $2,640,000. Only 121 Daytona Spiders were ever produced with only 25 in European specification.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO sold for $2,365,000 at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 auction. Similar money was paid for a 288 GTO at the RM Sotheby’s sale a day earlier. The 288 GTO was intended for homologation purposes for Group B rallying but the series was cancelled before the Ferraris could race. Only 272 of the 288 GTOs were produced and prices seem to be climbing steadily.
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet
The 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet with bodywork by Vignale sold for $ 2.2 million. This car in perfectly restored condition took second place at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
1990 Ferrari F40
Ferrari F40s are becoming as ubiquitous as Mercedes Benz 300 SLs at classic car auctions. There usually is one on offer selling for just over a million unless it has something special or unique.
The 1990 Ferrari F40 on offer was fairly standard and sold for $1,237,5000. An F40 with LM specification sold for double that at the Pinnacle Collection the previous day.
Top Results for Other Italian Cars at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 Sale
Three rare and beautiful 1950s Italian cars had good results at the Bonhams 2015 sale during Monterey week:
- A 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America sold for $1,952,500.
- A 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic sold for $1,815,000.
- A Siata 208S Sports Two Seater sold for $1,072,500.
A 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 just cleared the million-dollar mark when it achieved $1,039,500.
Porsche 959 at the Bonhams 2015 Quail Lodge Sale
A 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort sold for $1,457,500 – well above the $1-1.25 million estimate. This car is the only of the four Porsche 959s on offer during the Monterey week that is fully federalized, although the others are also helped by rules allowing cars over 25 years to be registered in many US states without the same safety and pollution requirements for newer cars.
Mercedes Benz 300 SL at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015
Two Mercedes Benz 300 SLs were on offer at the Bonhams 2015 Quail Lodge Sale:
- A 1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $1,166,000, after bidding was slow to creep above the million-dollar mark.
- A 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster failed to clear the reserve margin ($1.1-1.3 million).