Racers that are going, going, gone…
Sothebys much-hyped Ferrari sale at Maranello in June saw a world record price for an F1 car at auction when one of the F2004s raced by Michael Schumacher last year reached €2,760,000 (not including buyer’s premium). Equally remarkable was the €1,897,500 bid for a 1940 Maserati 8CL, a record price for an Indy 500 racer at auction. Among the 72 (of 116) lots to sell, further highlights included the ex-Froilán González Ferrari 212 Inter sportscar that reached €483,000 and a gorgeous Maserati 4CL Monoposto at €425,000. Sotheby’s CEO Bill Ruprecht said: “(The auction) represented a unique assembly of some of the world’s greatest cars, which ranged from historic racing cars to some of the finest, fastest modern sportscars ever to have been produced.”
Faring less well was the Christies’ Exceptional Motor Cars & Automobilia sale: the ex-Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-type, driven in period by Ian Stewart and Ninian Sanderson, failed to reach its €1.800.000 estimate.
Up to 15 MG and BMC competition cars are to go on the block at the Transport Collector Auction sale at Silverstone on July 23. Among them is an ex-works 1934 MG Midget. This supercharged machine, as campaigned in period by Jack Bastock, once formed part of the ‘Cream Cracker’ triumvirate of trials cars. It is expected to reach £50,000. In the same sale is the Paddy Hopkirk /Henry Liddon/Raymond Baxter ex-works Mini Cooper S – 8 EMO – although no estimate has been released as yet. More details on 020 8940 2022.