Coys Blenheim Palace classic car sale tops £5 million
Coys annual summer classic cars sale has realized more than £6 million at Blenheim Palace.
Amongst the leading highlights was a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the first right-hand-drive model ever delivered to the UK.
Described as "one of the finest original Daytonas in the world", the car sold for £765,640 – setting a new UK auction record for the model.
Further notable sales included a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale which fetched £225,800; a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet which sold for £166,440; a 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster which brought £178,760; a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring which sold for £427,400; and a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' which topped the sale at £925,000.
Chris Routledge, managing partner at Coys, said: "It was an exciting day for Coys with high-profile cars being sold at record prices. We saw some fierce bidding for many of the cars, specially the Daytona, from all over the world, which shows the international reach of the company."
The sale was held in conjunction with the annual Coys Blenheim Palace Concours d'Elegance, which saw more than 40 show-quality automobiles on display at the palace grounds. Amongst the winners were Mr Johnny Spero, whose 1972 Porsche 914/6 won the Coys Spirit of Motoring trophy, and Mr Peter Fischer, whose 1957 Bentley S1 Continental DHC won the Churchill Trophy for the Best Car of the Day.
"The standard of concours cars was exceptionally high once again and the judges had a difficult time making their decisions," said Mr Routledge. "There was an eclectic range of vehicles from pre-war classics to the 1972 Porsche that to us represented the epitome of the motoring enthusiast."
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