Automobiles of London 2010 Auction Preview – RM Auctions

1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond RM Auctions will hold its fourth annual Automobiles of London auction on October 27th, 2010 at Battersea Evolution in London.

RM Auctions’ London sale will feature over 100 cars, headlined by the “Most Famous Car in the World” 1964 Aston Martin DB5 of James Bond; the ex-Masten Gregory 1952 Jaguar C-Type; 2010 Pagani Zonda R; 1904 DeDion-Bouton Model ADL Rear-Entry Tonneau; 1961 Ferguson Climax P99 Four-Wheel-Drive F1 Racing Car; 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ; 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe and 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer.

RM is also presenting 23 examples from the Hooper Corporate Collection (Lots 110 – 132) as a featured segment of its Automobiles of London sale, many of which have been in the collection’s care since the 1980s. Highlights include: a gold-plated aluminium body 1920 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 2/3-Passenger Coupe; a 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster; a 1964 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Seven-Passenger Limousine, formerly owned by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller; a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II featuring a unique one-off all-copper body by Brockman; and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe. The London sale features nine Ferraris, including a totally original, matching-numbers, factory-certified prototype 365 California Spyder.

“Over the past four years RM’s London sale has earned a reputation as a premier event on the global collector car calendar. Interest in this year’s sale has been phenomenal, leading us to expand our auction offering to over 100 quality automobiles sourced from 16 countries,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

“In addition to the traditional selection of collector cars, RM is delighted to present the two ‘mechanical’ celebrities from the classic 007 film, Goldfinger at our London sale – Pussy Galore’s Hiller Helicopter and Bond’s DB5 – a rare opportunity to purchase a piece of movie history.”

In 2009, RM Auctions offered 84 cars for sale, with 69 finding new owners, reflecting an 82% sale rate. The total sales volume was £10,979,090 and the average price per car sold was £159,117. Top sale went to the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster that sold for £616,000.

Presented by RM Auctions, the Automobiles of London event will be held October 27th, 2010 at Battersea Evolution, London, England. A full day preview will be held October 26th from 10.00am – 5.00pm GMT, followed by all the auction on October 27th from 4.00pm GMT. Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalog, available for £50. The catalog admits two and must be presented at the entrance to be granted entry.

For more information, contact RM London at +44 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

(RM Auctions Automobiles of London 2010 Auction – View Digital Catalog).

Automobiles of London 2010 Auction Preview – RM Auctions (listed by lot number)

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Lot 109 - 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible - Estimate £320,000-£375,000. One of only 104 right-hand drive DB5 Convertibles built.
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster
Lot 115 - 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster - Estimate £200,000-£280,000. From the Hooper Corporate Collection.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe
Lot 119 - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe - Estimate £350,000-£400,000. From the Hooper Corporate Collection; prepared for participation in vintage rally events; multiple Mille Miglia entries.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe – Video

1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo
Lot 125 - 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo - Estimate £150,000-£180,000. From the Hooper Corporate Collection.
1904 DeDion-Bouton Model ADL Rear-Entry Tonneau
Lot 137 - 1904 DeDion-Bouton Model ADL Rear-Entry Tonneau - Estimate Unavailable. Ex-D. Cameron Peck; first in class at 2008 Pebble Beach Concours; freshly restored by Tired Iron Works.
1956 Maserati A6G/54 Competition Berlinetta
Lot 148 - 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Competition Berlinetta - Estimate £590,000-£650,000. One of 20 berlinettas by Zagato; fully restored by renowned Italian restorer Fantuzzi; Mille Miglia, Coppa Intereuropa and Targa Florio entrant in 1957.
1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ
Lot 150 - 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ - Estimate £800,000-£1,100,000. One of a limited few Miuras constructed to SVJ specification between 1971-75; recently completed two-year Bobileff restoration at a cost of $225,000.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
Lot 151 - 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB - Estimate £500,000-£600,000. Completely restored; 1965 Frankfurt International Motor Show Car.
1952 Jaguar C-Type
Lot 153 - 1952 Jaguar C-Type - Estimate £1,900,000-£2,400,000. Serial XKC-015 is an original matching-numbers competition C-Type; ex-Masten Gregory, victory at Golden Gate Nationals, San Francisco; unbroken chain of ownership; eligible for the most prestigious events.

1952 Jaguar C-Type – Video

1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante
Lot 162 - 1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante - Estimate £75,000-£95,000. One of only 37 V8 Zagato Volantes produced; automatic gearbox.
1934 MG PA/B Le Mans Works Racing Car
Lot 164 - 1934 MG PA/B Le Mans Works Racing Car - Estimate £110,000-£160,000. 1935 MG P-Series Le Mans works car from all-women’s team; first team car home, driven by Joan Richmond and Barbara Simpson.
1961 Ferguson Climax P99 Four-Wheel-Drive F1 Racing Car
Lot 165 - 1961 Ferguson Climax P99 Four-Wheel-Drive F1 Racing Car - Estimate £475,000-£575,000. Designed, developed and built as a one-off by Harry Ferguson, pioneer aviator and owner of Ferguson Tractors; presented in original, time-warp condition, this is the only four-wheel-drive car to win a Grand Prix (Stirling Moss, Oulton Park, 1961); driven by Graham Hill in two Australian GP races in 1963 (6th and 2nd); won 1964 British Hillclimb Championship.
1954 Tojeiro-Bristol Sports Racing Car
Lot 166 - 1954 Tojeiro-Bristol Sports Racing Car - Estimate £160,000-£225,000. Chassis TAD/2/55 was raced in England by Chris Threlfall and Jim Fiander in the 1950s; recipient of full restoration to FIA standards; shown at Amelia Island, Newport Beach and Greenwich, Connecticut Concours.
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
Lot 168 - 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer - Estimate £415,000-£545,000. One of only 100 8-Litre Bentleys built.
1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe
Lot 169 - 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Drophead Coupe - Estimate £175,000-£200,000. One of 98 DB2 drophead coupes built; upgraded to Vantage specification by Aston Martin Works in 1953; fully documented, including original build sheet.
Pagani Zonda R
Lot 178 - 2010 Pagani Zonda R - Estimate £1,300,000-£1,400,000. Powered by 750 bhp, 6.0-litre Mercedes-Benz V-12; zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and top speed of 233 mph; fastest production car on the Nurburgring, 11 seconds quicker than Ferrari FXX; one of only 15 scheduled to be built.
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast
Lot 186 - 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast - Estimate £500,000-£580,000. Matching numbers and long-term current ownership; one of only eight Superfasts built in right-hand drive.
1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe
Lot 187 - 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe - Estimate £1,100,000-£1,400,000. From the estate of John O'Quinn; coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi; one of five Jeancart-style built; former Pebble Beach 'Elegance in Motion' winner; recent complete, body-off-frame restoration.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta
Lot 188 - 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta - Estimate £475,000-£575,000. Matching numbers original six-carburettor example; period racing history.
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer
Lot 190 - 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Open Tourer - Estimate £770,000-£1,000,000. One of 100 8-Litre Bentleys and 10 open tourers built; original coachwork by Harrison.
1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder
Lot 193 - 1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder - Estimate £550,000-£680,000. Prototype of only 14 examples built; completely original and in superb condition; 1966 Geneva Show car; Ferrari Classiche certified and matching numbers.

1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder – Video

1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond
Lot 197 - 1964 Aston Martin DB5 - Estimated to exceed £3.5 million. Only known remaining of the two DB5s which appeared on-screen in Goldfinger and Thunderball; offered to the public for the first time from its original ex-factory owner; original condition with all movie gadgets intact; subject of a book titled, 'The Most Famous Car in the World'.

James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5 – Video

1967 Toyota 2000GT Targa
Lot 202 - 1967 Toyota 2000GT Targa - Estimate £225,000-£275,000. Originally designed to allow Sean Connery easier access to improve filming of James Bond film 'You Only Live Twice', but was not created in time; design remained un-built until 1984, when an enthusiast decided to create a one-of-a-kind example of the car utilising the original Toyota sketch.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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  1. You have not mentioned one of the most important cars in the London sale – Lot 194 is the Lamborghini Islero GTS that Roger Moore drove in the last film he made before his run of seven James Bond films. RM Auctions even dedicated a press release to this one car, which has been restored to perfection and is extremely rare being one of only 100 of this model manufactured.

    1. I suspect that should be “other” real carS, with the emphasis on the plural! Has to be at least half a dozen or so running around with some claim to legitimacy, and many more with claim, but no legitimacy. Just like every Maserati 250-F was driven by Fangio at the Nurburgring!

  2. I noticed the Talbot-Lago from John O’Quinn’s estate in the sale, do you know what has happened to the Fitch-Whitmore LeMans Special he had purchased at Bonhams 3-4 years ago? Coby Whitmore was my uncle and I’ve tried to stay in touch with his car ever since his passing in 1988. Thanks, Bill Whitmore – Hillsborough NC

  3. I’m talkin about the ” other ” car that was stolen from the aircraft hanger in Florida in the late 90s , this was the one that had all the gadgets in Goldfinger , the cars on offer was in the film as the ” stunt car ” and fitted with the gadgets AFTER the film , ie the car that Q is demonstrating to Bond in Goldfinger is NOT the car for sale in London