McLaren P1 supercar tops Bonhams Scottsdale sale

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-02-01 12:15:00

A McLaren P1 supercar has topped the latest Bonhams classic car sale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The annual auction, which attracts collectors from around the world, achieved a total of more than $18 million, led by a 2015 McLaren P1.

Described as "arguably the ultimate supercar of today and possibly tomorrow", the P1 is the world's first hybrid supercar which combines both aerospace and Formula One technology.

Inspired by the legendary McLaren F1, the new hybrid was built with a 3,799cc DOHC Twin-Turbocharged V8 Engine and an AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor, capable of achieving a top speed of 217 mph.

The example offered at Bonhams was the last P1 ever built for the U.S market, and was delivered new to a collector in Florida with options valued at almost $100,000. With just 300 miles on the clock, the car – chassis #371 – was presented in virtually brand-new condition and sold for $2,090,000 (£1,462,425).

Two further cars on the roster also realized seven-figure sums: a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster which sold for $1,485,000, and a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta with coachwork by Scaglietti which sold for $1,155,000.

A pair of pre-WWII classics also achieved notable prices. First was a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630K La Baule Transformable, featuring highly rare and desirable coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik mounted on a supercharged chassis, which sold for $973,500. This was followed by a 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet, a luxurious Art Deco automobile with coachwork by Fernandez et Darrin, which sold for $869,000.

Also amongst the top sellers were a clutch of 60s classics, including a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon which realized $781,000 and a 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS Coupe which fetched $627,000.

In total the auction saw 115 cars cross the block, with 94 snapped up by collectors for a final result of $18,038,250.

The next Bonhams classic car sale takes place in Paris on February 4.

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