Ferraris dominate Bonhams auction at Zoute GP

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Bonhams 10th annual auction at the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium posted sales of $11.7 million this week, $3,174,033 of it produced by the sale of a single car — a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB with a long-nose alloy body.

Ferraris accounted for five of the top-10 sales.

275 GTB interior

The top-selling 275 GTB was one of only 60 long-nose examples with alloy bodywork. The car’s previous owners included Gregory Noblet, son of privateer racer Pierre Noblet, who drove a 250 GTO to third place at Le Mans in 1962 and to second place a year later.

The younger Noblet raced the 275 GTB in vintage events, including a podium finish in the Le Mans Classic. The car also led the 50th anniversary 250 GTO Tour, where it was the only 275 GTB invited to participate.

“Today’s buyer, who was present in the packed saleroom,” Bonhams noted, “fought a hard-won bidding battle for the Ferrari — his second of the afternoon, having earlier, by contrast, successfully bid for a Citroen 2CV Sahara!”

Ferrari engine

The other Ferraris among the auction’s top-10 sellers were a 2004 Enzo, a 1989 F40 Berlinetta, a 2016 F12tdf and a 1980 512 BB coupe.

Top 10 sales, Bonhams at Zoute 2019

  1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 alloy long-nose, $3,174,862
  2. 2004 Ferrari Enzo, $1,663,627
  3. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, $1,142,950
  4. 1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, $1,015,956
  5. 2016 Ferrari F12tdf, $758,864
  6. 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale coupe, $444,480
  7. 1964 OSCA 1600 GT ‘double bubble,” $419,081
  8. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 ‘Flachkühler’ cabriolet, $364,190
  9. 1958 AC Ace-Bristol roadster, $311,136
  10. 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Coupe by Pininfarina, $279,387
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams next motor car sale is scheduled for November 1 in conjunction with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

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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.

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