We read this and just had to share it. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “car person” I’m sure you can appreciate the beauty of these classic cars. We especially like the 1956 Ferrari and of course the Aston Martin Zagato which looks as good today as the day it was made.
From 0 to £75m in moments: Motoring world prepares for auction of classic cars including a 1956 Ferrari and an Aston Martin dubbed ‘the greatest of all time’
- Around 30 classic cars, including 1956 Ferrari and an Aston Martin dubbed ‘the greatest of all time’, to be auctioned
- Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is expected to become most expensive British car ever when it goes under the hammer
- Other classic cars on offer are 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, 1934 Delage D8 S Cabriolet and 1981 Lamborghini
- The ‘Driven by Disruption’ £75million auction will take place in Sotheby’s, New York City on Thursday, December 10
Steeped in motoring history and showcasing the moulds broken by engineers and designers, these are some of the 30 classic cars that will make up a £75million auction in New York City next week.
Headlining the lots are a 1956 Ferrari, which experts predict could fetch more than £21million, and an Aston Martin dubbed ‘the greatest of all time’.
The DB4 GT Zagato is expected to become the most expensive British car ever when it goes under the hammer on Thursday, with potential buyers having to splash out in excess of £10million to make motoring history.
Just 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos were built in a deal with the Italian design house in the 1960s. They came up with the sports car to race the Ferraris of its day, but also to appeal to wealthy motorists so it could be enjoyed on the road.
When it went on sale, it cost £5,470 – around twice the £2,770 people paid for a house in the UK at the time. But while the typical English home now costs £180,000, this 1962 Aston is expected to sell for a figure in the millions
The £10million estimate is more than three times the price paid in 2010 for the DB5 driven by James Bond in Goldfinger.
But the DB4 GT Zagato is still expected to fetch less than half of the highest-valued car on offer. The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti leads the way in an auction which will celebrate 70 years of innovation, while other popular motors include a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Sportabteilung’ Gullwing, 1934 Delage D8 S Cabriolet and 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series III.
- The ‘Driven by Disruption’ auction, will take place on Thursday, December 10 in Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries in New York City.
Iconic: A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti (pictured) is expected to fetch more than £21million at an auction in New York next Thursday
The greatest of all time: This Aston Martin is soon expected to back up such an accolade by becoming the most expensive British car ever
Vintage: A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow (pictured) is also among the 30 classic cars due to go on sale at an auction hosted by Sotheby’s
Groovy: This specially-designed and restored 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet belonged to American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin, who first rose to fame in the late 1960s. It is now being offered for the first time since 1968 by her siblings Michael and Laura
Sleek: This 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta is being offered for between £200,000 and £230,000 at the auction lot being hosted by Sotheby’s
Another classic car up for sale is the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, which is expected to fetch more than half a million pounds
Hugely popular: The 1973 Carrera RS has become one of the most sought-after sports cars to emerge from the German motoring giant
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Sportabteilung’ Gullwing, with its distinctive gull-wing doors, was the fastest production car of its day
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Sportabteilung’ Gullwing is pictured. The car on sale has been valued at around £4.5million
Classic: Designed by Howard Darrin, this 1934 Delage D8 S Cabriolet is expected to sell at auction for between £860,000 and £1million
An example of French Art Deco design, the Delage D8 S Cabriolet has a 120bhp eight-cylinder engine with four-speed manual transmission
A close-up view of the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, which is expected to fetch more than £20million when it goes under the hammer
High expectations: The sale, featuring the Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, is due to take place on Thursday, December 10 in New York City
Unique colour: A 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series III, finished in the colour of verde metallizzato, sits on display at Sotheby’s ahead of next week’s auction. The man who invented it, Brook Stevens, called the vehicle ‘planned obsolescence’
Colourful: Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356 C 1600 SC Cabriolet is part of the ‘Driven by Disruption’ auction, featuring 30 classic cars
Joplin’s ‘History of the Universe’ Porsche Cabriolet has spent the last 20 years on display at the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Museum
Not cheap: The DB4 GT Zagato is set to go under the hammer in New York next Thursday where experts predict it will fetch £10million
Plush: Just 19 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagatos were built in a deal with the Italian design house in the 1960s. The car’s interior is pictured
1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
Top speed: 150mph
Acceleration: 0-60 in 6.4 seconds
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Power: 314 brake horsepower at 6,600 rpm
Brakes: Girling Servo assisted with front and rear solid discs
Value: Estimated £10million
1998 McLaren F1 LM Specification
Top speed: 225mph
Acceleration: 0-60 in 3.5 seconds
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Power: 680 brake horsepower at 7,800 rpm
Brakes: Ventilated four-wheel Brembo brakes
Value: Sold at auction for £8.8million
A 2006 Lamborghini Concept S is shown on display ahead of the auctioning off of 30 vehicles spanning 70 years in automotive innovation
The inside of the Lamborghini Concept S is pictured. The vehicle was based on the Lamborghini Gallardo, with an open roadster body
Breaking the mould: A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, the car that inaugurated the streamlined automotive age, will also be up for auction
Expensive: A 2003 Ferrari Enzo sits on display at Sotheby’s ahead of the ‘Driven by Disruption’ auction due to take place next Thursday
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