A mint example of the last air-cooled 911 GT2 was always going to create a stir, but this one has absolutely crushed any expectations with a sale price of well over £1.8 million. With just one owner from new and never having been raced, this Riviera Blue example is more than a little bit awesome. If you can afford it. Thing is, not so long ago they were selling for less than a fifth of this…
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/MikeGoodbun">@MikeGoodbun</a> What scares me is that 993 GT2s were selling for £325k in late 2012. This level of growth can’t be sustainable!</p>— John Redfern (@EngageSportMode) <a href="https://twitter.com/EngageSportMode/status/773629271764074498">September 7, 2016</a></blockquote>
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How’s this for appreciation? The hardcore 622bhp Black Series version of the stunning SLS AMG originally sold a couple of years ago for £229,935 plus options. This one’s new owner just threw an extra £150,000 at it, which means the seller has now pocketed upwards of £6000 a month in profit just for running the car.
An original Quattro in good order will fetch a big ticket price any time, anywhere, but this one smashed through its £320,000 upper estimate to finish off over the £400,000 mark. Madness or a sound investment? It’s one of just 164 road-going Quattros ever built, after all, and includes the original service book, manual and tool roll. Even the Sabelt harnesses are original.
Beating the estimate is one thing, but this is just silly. This lightened, more powerful version of the 911 Turbo in left-hand drive guise has covered just 6300km from new and was estimated to fetch £250,000 at best. But demand for exclusive Porsches is apparently still exploding, and as one of only 86 ever made this car is one that its new, very wealthy owner clearly had to have at any cost.
The biggest price tag in the sale came from this super-rare Aston DB4GT. Fully original with a long history of top-drawer maintenance, the GT model was 91kg lighter, 13cm shorter and tuned up to 302bhp. In 1960! It even had brakes lifted directly from the racing DB4s of the day. Never having needed restoration, chassis #26 sold for within its estimated, and very hefty, price range.
It wouldn’t be a proper classic supercar auction without an F40, and while this contender didn’t break any world records we still wanted to include it. Because F40. The one sold at Sotheby’s has only had one owner from new, and has reportedly had a recent engine-out belt service plus a fuel tank replacement. It even has the original Pirelli tyres still on it – but you’d want to replace them if you intend to survive driving it.
One of the biggest surprise packages in the classic car scene right now is the Maserati Mistral, which has crept in largely under the radar to set big sale prices, with Wednesday’s example breaching its upper estimate by almost £100,000. It isn’t fully original, either, having been resprayed in 2008 and fully restored in the years that followed. But the fact that only 37 of these convertible versions were made, combined with a glorious 4.0-litre straight-six, is enough to give the car a place among the collectors’ elite.