Coys’ Spring Classics auction, which featured six cars from the upcoming British television series Cars, claimed three record prices, including $296,000 for a 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS. The other two record prices were for a 1981 Delorean DMC-12 and a 1950 Series I Land Rover 80, but because both are part of the new television series, their sales prices are being kept secret until a telecast sometime this summer.
The new television show stars British actor Philip Glenister (Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes) and automotive restoration specialist Ant Anstead.
(We) gave collectors the opportunity to purchase genuine celebrity television-featured cars that have been restored effectively regardless of cost.”
— Chris Routledge
[/pullquote]“It was an exceptional event, a buzzing evening with celebrities and a great crowd,” Coys managing partner Chris Routledge said of the auction. “The six Channel 4 cars sold really well, including two world records, but you will have to watch it on TV this summer to know how much they went for.
“It was the first time for an auction company in Europe to do something like this.,” he added. “The experience was excellent, clients really enjoyed it and we were delighted to be associated with the production, which gave collectors the opportunity to purchase genuine celebrity television-featured cars that have been restored effectively regardless of cost.”
Other important cars that went under the hammer included the former Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s 1964 Bentley S3, which sold for $51,600, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that sold for $599,180, and a 1926 Rolls Royce 20HP Barrel sided Tourer that sold for $171,000.
Coys next sale is March 29 at Techno Classica in Essen