Pictured: Top 5 Sellers at the RM Sotheby’s Battersea Park Sale

Another huge classic car auction, another ‘victory’ for Ferrari as one of it’s cars, almost predictably, takes the crown for highest bid at the RM Sotheby’s annual London sale which was held in Battersea Park a few weeks ago.

Over the course of the auction there were lots of absolutely magnificent cars on display and many of them were sold off for huge amounts of money. Here are just five of our favorites, including, of course, the million pound plus (plus, plus, plus) Ferrari that cost someone quite a pretty penny indeed.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France by Scaglietti: £4,760,000

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This particular auction crushing Ferrari 250 was actually expected to command and even higher price – £5.5m is what Southeby’s were hoping for – so it was a surprise to some, given the prices paid at other similar auctions recently that it fell short of that mark by more than a few quid. It is however a wonderful car, recently rebuilt by GTO Engineering and boasting 263bhp from a 3.0-litre V12 and reportedly in pristine driving condition despite being over 50 years old.

1992 Ferrari F40: £845,600

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This is a truly pampered little beauty as it’s single original owner had only ever logged 3,000 original miles on the clock. As some of you may already know this was the last car to be built under the supervision of the great Enzo himself, who added a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V8 with 478bhp that truly packs some hair curling power.

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage: £784,000

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This racing thoroughbred was just one of 40 right hand drive Vantage saloons ever built and had he been offered the chance James Bond would probably loved to get his hands on this version, but it was a little to rare to be loaned out as a movie prop.

Recently retuned and refurbished, the model at auction was offering the lucky buyer an upgraded 4.0-litre straight-six engine, new cam timing, and triple twin-choke Weber carbs. Power had been boosted to 40bhp over the regular DB5 to 325bhp allowing what is still a truly stunning looking car to make it from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.

1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport: £627,200

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Lighter than it’s ‘child’ the Veyron this Bugatti beauty still boasts quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 with 603bhp, a top speed of 216mph and a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. this particular model was one of the last of the SS brand to roll of the production line and the fact that it’s only racked up less than 10,100km in 20 years made it even more of a great score for the winning bidder.

1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone: £308,000

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According to the Sotheby’s brochure this Seventies classic would be sure to “bring a huge smile to the face of not only its driver, but also everyone who sees and hears the car go by… usually sideways.” A rather accurate summation we think of a car that was first registered in Italy in October of 1975 and has only ever known life in a garage for the most part, unlike some of its contemporaries that were such a hit on the rallying circuit.

Almost completely mechanically untouched the car still boasts 192 bhp from a 2,418 cc DOHC Dino V-6 engine with triple Weber carburettors and still looks pretty spacey, as Bertone intended, some 40 years after its ‘birth’.

Five Future Classic Cars That Are Great Investments Right Now

Still stunned by the prices some of those classics fetched at the Pebble Beach Auctions? What if you could pick up a used car right now that may one day hold a similar value, or at least be worth a lot more than you pay for it right now? And an investment in a car is obviously far more interesting than boring old stocks and shares and one with the potential to offer a higher – maybe far higher – return. And if nothing else you’ll have a beautiful car to show off with. Here are just five potentially high value suggestions:

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

The early 1600 series Duetto Spiders are truly fabulous cars in every way, from their ‘summer romantic’ looks to it’s delicate but nifty handling and excellent twin cam engine. They tend to be priced at around $20,000 – $25,000 right now (although we have seen them cheaper if you’re willing to put in a little work) but have the potential to be worth a great deal more in the future while also looking very pretty in or out of the garage.



This is a car that is already considered a ‘collectible’ as a mere 1,400 rolled off the line in a single model year – 2004 – and then were never produced again. The M3 is almost always a good bet and the E46 was certainly a very fine example of the class and the CSl was the very best of bunch. It is exceptionally lightweight and the paddle shift givers it a racing edge that is rather exhilarating. Finding a low mileage version of one of these babies might not be easy, but if you can you’ll be investing in pretty much a sure fire future classic.



Sticking with the Germans, this Seventies gem is another classic in the making well worth keeping an eye out for. Great looks, great engine and fabulous performance, along with quite the impressive motorsport track record all set it up for a bright future on the classics market. Once again it was produced in limited quantities – 1,200 at most – mainly because it comes from an era when motorcars were still sold on a walk in basis – but good condition models are out there for $50,000 or so and while that sounds like quite a bit they have the potential to be worth a great deal more not too long from now.

Porsche 996 Turbo

Porsche 996 Turbo

Yes, the Porsche 996 Turbo does suffer a little perhaps, reputation wise anyway, right now for the fact that it has very Boxter-esque front end styling but as a great example of a well engineered, does what its supposed to Porsche the 996 Turbo is currently highly underrated. And as the 930 and 993 Turbos continue to climb the value ladder into the stratospheric range a 996 would be a great investment to hedge your bets on right now.

Ferrari 365 GT 4 2+2

Ferrari 365 GT 4 2+2

We all know that Ferrari still dominates the high value classic car market – you only have to glance at the 2015 Pebble Beach Top to see that – and this four person may be one of the best ‘sleeper’ investments that can be made in a Ferrari right now.

It’s styling is something that some may raise a bit of an eyebrow at but it is a front-engined V12 from the classic Ferrari GT era and some huge sellers already carry that GT badge. You can also still pick up a decent model for less than $50,000 so if you wanted to get in on what may end up being quite the investment in Italian greatness then now’s the time to do it.

In Pictures: Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions

There were certainly plenty of cars up for grabs at the recent Gooding’s Pebble Beach auctions and the company – and the cars original owners – certainly made quite a pretty penny. In fact Gooding & Co. managed to smash a long standing company record by moving over $128 million in to die for classics over the course of the two day event. Of the 115 lots that sold, three brought over $10 million, and 26 more went for over a million. And yes, in a surprise only to those who live under a rock, the top seller was a Ferrari. An absolutely gorgeous one that raked in an eyeopening $17,600,000.

What was it and what else cost an awful lot when the gavel finally came down? Here are the Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions. Which one of these beauties would you most want to give some garage space to?

RM Sotheby’s: 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, $17,600,000

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Gooding & Co: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, $16,830,000

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Gooding & Co: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale, $16,500,000

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

RM Sotheby’s: 1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’, $13,750,000

1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’

RM Sotheby’s: 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, $13,200,000

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

RM Sotheby’s: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, $13,200,000

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France

Gooding & Co: 1982 Porsche 956, $10,120,000

1982 Porsche 956

RM Sotheby’s: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, $8,500,000

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

RM Sotheby’s: 1950 Ferrari 275S/340, $7,970,000

 1950 Ferrari 275S/340

RM Sotheby’s: 2005 Ferrari Enzo, $6,050,000

2005 Ferrari Enzo