As you may or may not have heard, Bonhams set a world record for “Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction” yesterday during what was an overall incredible sale. The record went to our featured 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 race car that was driven to race victories by Juan Manual Fangio. It brought an incredible, but not unpredicted, $29,614,692. The second-highest selling car was also one of our feature cars, the 1955 Maserati 300S. It sold for $6,093,965. The next highest-selling car after that was this 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans Tourer which went for $2,878,901.
Next up, this 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast. It brought $1,288,291. Our featured Mercedes-Benz Model 630K Tourer was next at $1,220,606 – quite a sum for an all-original car and quadruple the upper end of its pre-sale estimate.
The next car was another feature car – the Austin-Healey Special Test Car at what is most certainly a world record for a Healey: $1,186,763. After that, this 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer rolled across the block for $1,085,234.
The next-highest selling car was our final feature car (talk about picking the winners!). It was “Mathilda” – a Lagonda LG45 Rapide. It sold for $932,942. The remaining most interesting car easily goes to this 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Saloon (I love those chunky tires). It brought $797,571. Click here for full results and the big list of other $100,000+ sales and stream of beautiful old cars.