The final Bonhams automobile auction in 2012 was held 3rd December at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey, UK, resulting in total sales of £4.4 million.
The top result at the 2012 Bonhams Mercedes-Benz World auction went to the 1931 Invicta 4 1/2-litre S-Type Low-Chassis Tourer, which made £466,300, followed by a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster that realised £427,100 and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, with 480 miles from new, that sold for £281,500.
In the automobilia section a collection of Formula 1 racing memorabilia from world champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel realised £48,600, with the top-selling lot a signed Sebastian Vettel race suit from this year’s Australian Grand Prix, which made £13,750.
Two rare and historically important folios of Volkswagen ‘Beetle’ blueprints rescued from the bomb-damaged German factory and considered instrumental in reviving post-war production of the car sold for more than four times their pre-sale estimate at £13,750.
Bonhams Mercedes-Benz World 2012 – Top Five Auction Results
1. 1931 Invicta 4 1/2-Litre S-Type Low-chassis Tourer – £466,300
2. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – £427,100
3. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT – £281,500
4. 1938 SS100 Jaguar 3 1/2-Litre Roadster – £250,140
5. 1936 Lagonda LG45 4 1/2-Litre Fox & Nicholl Le Mans Team Car Replica – £197,500
James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, said, “It has been a great year for the Bonhams Motoring Department, including record-breaking sales at Aston Martin Works in May, at Goodwood in June and September, and at our flagship New Bond Street salerooms in London in November. We look ahead now to our 2013 season, with auctions in Scottsdale, USA, in January and our sale at the Grand Palais in Paris in February, for which we already have a number of important lots consigned, including the Gipsy Moth aeroplane which featured in the film ‘Out of Africa’.”