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Various exotic classics successfully auctioned by RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby's auctioned a number of absolute top pieces at the Paris Salon Retromobile yesterday evening. Those in charge were able to welcome an excellent return for some exclusive classic cars. The candidates were prepared to go deep in the pouch for a number of exotic species.

The lot list included a number of beautiful classics. To give an impression: a Ferrari F40, a Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB, a Mercedes Benz 300 Sc, a BMW 507 Roadster, the Aston Martins DB 5 and DB6, a Alfa Romeo Tubulare Zagato, the Abarth 2200 Coupé by Allemano, a Mercedes Gullwing and the unique Porsche 550 Spyder were part of the collection of cars that were shown and offered to the public.

This BMW 507 Series II from 1957 was one of the objects that were auctioned in Paris. Photo: RM Sotheby's
This BMW 507 Series II from 1957 was one of the objects that were auctioned in Paris. Photo: RM Sotheby's

High amounts for rare classics
Not all classics changed hands, but a number of results in Paris do not lie. The Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Aerodinamico changed owner for an astronomical amount of € 2.950.000, and was therefore the classic that brought out the most during 3 February during this auction. The younger Ferrari brother - the F40 - “sold out” for just over a million Euros. Furthermore, it became clear that candidates are prepared to take a deep look at the legendary BMW 507. The Series II copy from 1957 auctioned in Paris raised an amount of € 2.016.000.

Porsche 550 Spyder and Mercedes Gullwing also change ownership
Some time ago we already informed you about the special Porsche 550 Spyder and the unique white Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing. Both German legends changed hands. RM Sotheby's already gave high marks for both classics in advance. The auction house even realized a profit of € 550 with the Porsche 1955 Spyder from 2.744.000. In the run-up to the auction, Max Girardo - managing director of the European branch of the auction house - already said that an auction of this extremely rare Porsche hardly ever occurs. Gullwing specimens more often find their way to auction. The copy offered in Paris was also auctioned for a considerable amount. It was hammered at a price of € 1.176.000.

It has been proven once again. Even in the past Italians were able to make masterful creations from small cars. Photo: RM Sotheby's
It has been proven once again. Even in the past Italians were able to make masterful creations from small cars. This special Bianchina went under the hammer. Photo: RM Sotheby's

Few special Italians under the hammer
Finally, from the list of the auctioned and sold classics, we mention a few beautiful Italian classics. The auction kicked off by the Autobianchi Bianchina 'Eden Roc' Cabriolet, which traded for € 25,200. And the final price offered for the Lancia Delta Integrale proved that this rally icon from the eighties is also becoming increasingly popular. The new owner had left € 134.000 for the peppery Italian.

The next RM Sotheby's auction will take place on Amelia Island. Date of action is 12 March 2016.

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