Artcurial Motorcars’ fifth Le Mans Classic auction, held Saturday in conjunction with the Le Mans Classic vintage races, was the best yet as the French auction house reported record sales of $14.7 million.
The auction and the vintage races are held every other year. This year the auction got off to a rousing start when the sixth lot of the sale, the flag used to start the 24-hour race in 1967, a piece of automobilia expected to sell for around $1,500 became the subject of a bidding battle that didn’t end until the price reached $38,200.
Featured automotive lots for the sale were a pair of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL models owned by a prominent Swedish dental surgeon who died in 2011 with no heirs. The Swedish Inheritance Fund consigned the cars to the auction with the money going to programs that support young and disabled persons.
The 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a one-owner car driven only 1,380 kilometers since new, set a world auction record price of $3.695 million.
A 1956 300 SL “Gullwing” coupe sold for $1.19 million.
A 1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach “Periscopio” brought $1.149 million, and a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 went for $981,000.
A Lamborghini of a different sort — a 1965 tractor — sold for $42,000.
“This Le Mans sale, in which we have achieved the world record price for a Mercedes Benz 300 SL roadster, has been hugely rewarding,” Artcurial Motorcars managing director Mathieu Lamoure said in the company’s news release. “(It was) an exceptional atmosphere that Artcurial Motorcars alone has the secret for, with superb results allowing Artcurial to celebrate victory amongst the greatest champions at Le Mans.”
Top 10 sales, Artcurial Motorcars Le Mans Classic auction 2018
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, $3,709,212
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing,” $1,195,576
1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach “Periscopio,” $1,153,332
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400, $984,592
1970 Ferrari 356 GTB/4 Daytona Spider by Bacchelli & Villa, $689,238
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS GT AMG roadster, $654,074
2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS GT AMG coupe, $576,666
1996 Lamborghin 400 GT 2+2 by Touring, $506,338
1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT L, $351,640
2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Hamilton edition, $302,434
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)