Coys does nearly $9.4 million at Blenheim Palace sale

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1970 Daytona sells for a UK auction record of nearly $1.2 million | Coys photos
1970 Daytona sells for a UK auction record of nearly $1.2 million | Coys photos

Coys recent classic and collector car auction in conjunction with the Blenheim Palace Concours d’Elegance posted sales of nearly $9.4 million, led by a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” coupe that went for more than $1.4 million and a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe that sold for more than $1.194 million, a record for such a car at an auction in the UK.

“It was an exciting day for Coys with high profile cars being sold at record prices,” Chris Routledge, Coys managing partner, said in a news release after the sale. “We saw some fierce bidding for many of the cars, specially the Daytona, from all over the world.”

A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 cabriolet went for nearly $260,000 and a 1969 Lamborghini Islero S for just shy of $258,000.

Another highlight of the sale was Captain Nemo’s six-wheeled Nautilus car driven by Sean Connery in the movie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The car sold for nearly $50,000.

At the concours, a 1972 Porsche 914/6 was awarded the Spirit of Motoring trophy and a 1957 Bentley S1 Continental convertible won the Churchill Trophy as the best car of the day.

Coys next auction is scheduled for the 43rd Oldtimer Grand Prix, August 8 at Nurburgring, Germany.

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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.