The start of the year saw car collectors gather in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual auction events – ones that saw this year sales of almost 3,000 cars for no less than $259.8 million.
Bonhams, Barrett-Jackson, RM Sotheby’s, and other smaller auctioneers held their annual Arizona events just a few days ago – and saw the second most profitable weekend in the event’s history. The average selling price of each vehicle was just below $90,000 – but these five models were far and away.
The 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS Spider is one of just 20 units built by Pininfarina – has a 4.4-liter V12 with as much as 320 horsepower and was sold by RM Sotheby’s for $3,602,500. Up next comes a 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S Sports Tourer that now holds the world record for the type – selling for $4,812,500 at Bonhams.
The third position on the podium is held by a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione Spider, one that raced in the 1952 Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Targa Florio, among others. Its 4.1-liter V12 was good enough for $6,380,000 at Bonhams. This 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster cost $6,600,000 at RM Sotheby’s and comes as the perfect embodiment of automotive elegance. The 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight has been featured here and comes as the king of the auction, also being one of just 12 examples ever built.