RM Sotheby’s must have reasons to celebrate its auto business because it managed to post a double record breaking auction recently thanks to the first Shelby Cobra and a lovely 1955 Jaguar D-Type.
The latter managed a new auction record for a British model by finishing off at $21,780,000. So let’s discuss it first before talking about Shelby’s first Cobra. This was the most expensive car to be auctioned and produced in the United Kingdom, with the bidding process only taking about 15 minutes – during which four collectors clashed to secure the first D-Type supplied by Jaguar to a privateer team. The price was within the company’s range and the car is just the fourth British vehicle to soar above the ten million dollars threshold. The chassis no. XKD 501 actually took home the record by a mile compared to the previous British record holder – a $14.3M 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato purchased in December 2015 at an event in New York.
As far as the new North American record holder, the CSX 2000 is actually the first ever Shelby Cobra – and thus grabbed a very impressive $13.75 million figure. This new record for an American made car has successfully topped the previous one established back in August 2012 by the $11 million 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf / Mirage. Additionally, the third best car in the auction was a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider owned for 60 years by Jim Hall – which took home a record as well, for the model, at $5.22 million.