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Nuvolari racer dominates Motostalgia auction


Remember the inaugural Motostalgia Auction d’Elegance staged in Austin, Texas, back in November to coincide with the U.S. Grand Prix? We’ve been waiting for a final news release from the organizers, but they’ve chosen to send us only a list of results and a few photos.

It appears from the list that 180 vehicles were offered up for bidding, and that all but 26 sold. Among the bids declined by car owners who had higher reserves were $1.5 million for a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Franay “Queen of Diamonds” and $900,000 for the 1998 Ferrari F300 F1 racer driven by Michael Schumacher.

Among vehicles that sold, the 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A raced by Tazio Nuvolari brought $4.62 million.

No other vehicles exceeded $300,000. A 1931 Pur Sang Bugatti Type 51 recreation sold for $297,000 and a 1957 Porsche Speedster sold for $275,000.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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