Bonhams Zoute classic car sale achieves record result
The latest Bonhams Zoute classic car auction has recorded the strongest results in the annual sale's history.
Held at the Belgian seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute, in conjunction with the annual Zoute Grand Prix event, the auction featured a line up of rare and exclusive automobiles from vintage models to modern-day supercars.
"Grossing €7.1 million, we've almost doubled the previous year's total, a new record for Bonhams Zoute Sale," said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars. "With over 100,000 spectators in attendance, it's exciting to see interest in the Zoute Grand Prix and Bonhams sale grow."
Topping the sale was a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, described as "quite possibly the best Ferrari of its generation".
Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006, and named after Ferrari's historic test track, the Aperta was built in an edition of just 80 cars, making it one of the rarest modern-day Ferraris. Offered with Ferrari Classiche certification, and with just 4,786 km on the clock, the car sold for €891,250 ($1,018,034).
The Ferrari was one of just several modern classics to attract strong prices on the Belgian coast.
Bidders also eagerly snapped up a 2005 Ford GT Coupé, one of only 101 examples delivered to Europe, for €373,750 ($426,624), and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupé, one of only nine delivered new to Belgium, for €644,000 ($736,092).
Vintage classics were also highly sought-after, with notable examples including a stylish 1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta which sold for €828,000 ($946,404) and a rare 1980 BMW M1 Coupé finished in orange which achieved €465,750 ($532,352).
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