Ex-Rod Stewart Miura tops Coys’ sale at Alexandra Palace

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Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by Rod Stewart tops $1 million at Coys auction | Coys photo
Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by Rod Stewart tops $1 million at Coys auction | Coys photo

A Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by entertainer Rod Stewart sold for £909,000 ($1,112,588) Saturday at Coys inaugural Classic & Sports Car Show auction in Alexandra Palace in London. The P400S model had been restored and upgraded to SV specification.

Another celebrity car, a 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS formerly owned by Adam  Clayton of U2, set a world auction record for such a car when it sold for £303,000 ($370,862). Prices include buyer’s premium. The ex-Clayton Maserati was one of only eight built with right-hand drive.

“In combination with the very high-quality features, displays and the amazing live parades on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including original Grand Prix cars on the streets of London, the Coys auction was a very powerful addition to what was a dramatically improved Classic & Sports Car Show,” Chris Routledge, chief executive of Coys, said in a news release.

“The auction was exceptional and clearly shows that the historic motor car market is strong and alive with a world-record price for a Maserati Ghibli, a fabulous result for a 246 Dino and a very encouraging price achieved for the Rod Stewart Miura,” he added.

The Dino to which he referred was a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT E series, designed by Pininfarina and bodied by Scaglietti. The car sold for £374,000 ($457,764).

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Among other highlights, a 1977 Ferrari 512 BB previously displayed at the 1977 London Motor Show brought £225,000 ($275,393) and a 1970 Range Rover, the 26th off the line and the first that Land Rover registered for its own use as one of 20 vehicles for testing by the news media sold for £93,000 ($113,829).

Coys next sale is the “True Greats” auction scheduled for December 5 at The Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall in London.

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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.