’73 and ’77 4x4s carried the Spanish king
Though not the high-dollar sales of the auction, Coys achieved a pair of record prices paid at its recent Techno Classica Essen sale in Germany for 1973 and 1977 Range Rovers, both of them vehicles originally commissioned by Spanish king Juan Carlos.
Each of the specially built 4x4s sold for €78,750 ($97,030).
The ’73 was a cabriolet used by the Spanish king before his coronation. The interior includes special leather seats and a “transformed” Wood & Pickett dashboard. The exterior featured an “H” shaped grille of horizontal bars and the vehicle rode on Wolfrace wheels.
The ’77 was done by Alcom Devices of London and carried armor plating, bulletproof glass and a special communication system, Coys noted.
Other significant sales at the auction included a 1928 Bugatti T 44 Fiacre by Gangloff, a car with a noted history that sold for €618,750 ($762,380); a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT that brought €292,500 ($360,398); a 1957 AC Ace Bristol competition roadster that sold for €264,375 ($325,744); and a 1972 Lamborghini Jarama Series I that went for €182,250 ($224,555).
“With 3,000 attendees, our longstanding association with Essen Techno Classica has once again provided excellent and world record-breaking results with a broad selection of quality cars for buyers and very healthy prices,” said Chris Routledge, Coys chief executive.
Coys next sale is April 24 in central London.