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High end collectible car auctions kick start 2013

Andrea Divirgilio / January 21, 2013

Promising exhibition acclaim and return on investment, the desirable classic cars that are irresistible to any serious collector, always manages to fetch top dollars at the auction blocks, and eventually leads to the roaring of collector car market. In the year of 2012, the collector cars set impressive record at auctions, which becomes apparent from our edit of the world’s most expensive vintage cars sold for over million dollars, where the top 5 vehicles were sold in the year 2012. And, same happened in the major car auction events held in the first month of 2013, where the noted auctioneers offered many hundreds of significant and valuable collectible cars that impressively captured the attention of international avid car collectors who not only splurges heavily to collect cars as a hobby but also for investment. However, it was interesting to note that Ferrari prices are easily the highest among all in both years, as in 2012 the vintage apple green 1962 Ferrari GTO sells at whopping $35 million to become the world’s most expensive car, and in year 2013 we saw the sale of Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider for handsome $8.25 million.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider s/n 1073GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider s/n 1073GT

Sold for: $8.25 million

Auctioneer: Gooding & Company

Offered by Gooding & Company, a blue colored 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider s/n 1073GT which is recognized for being one of the world’s most expensive vintage cars, and was expected to fetch $5,500,000-$7,000,000 got sold for $8.25 million.

Ferrari aficionados can also check the list of most expensive Ferraris.

Red Rosso 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione by Carrozzeria Scaglietti

Sold for: $8.14 million

Auctioneer: RM Auctions

The 17th of the 72 aluminum-bodied Competizione-specification SWB examples, known as one of the marque’s most prized berlinettas, the Red Rosso 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, which promises thrilling performance, has now impressively fetched $8.14 million at the RM Auctions’ Arizona sale held on 18th January, 2013. Described to be race ready and a recognized example of the rare alloy-bodied SWB, this grand touring Ferrari with ‘chassis #1905GT’ boasts an incredible provenance.

Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe that ferried Marilyn Monroe

Sold for: $1.85 million

Auctioneer: Barret-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale auction

The King of Hollywood Clark Gable wasn’t just renowned for his handsome grin and moustache, but also passion for cars and his flirting. Recently, his 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe which ferried some of the Hollywood’s top sex symbols including Ava Gardner, Vivien Liegh, and Marilyn Monroe got sold for $1.85 million at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. As one of the 1,400 Mercdes-Benz 300SL Gullwings’ ever made, the car was restored by Paul Russel and was maintained by mechanics at Mercedes-Benz, and comes with rare Rudge knock-off wheels, fitted luggage, and Nardi steering wheel.

Original 1960s Batmobile

Sold for: $4.2 Million

Auctioneer: Barrett-Jackson

Created by renowned customizer George Barris, the original #1 1966 Batmobile which is regarded as an icon, and one of the world’s most popular and recognized pieces of entertainment history, has now got sold for whopping $4.2 million at auctioneer Barret-Jackson at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction.

Bought by an Arizona man, this original Batmobile which was based on 1955 Lincoln Futura, and was heavily modified by legendary auto-customizer George Barris to be featured in the iconic TV series Batman, along with the movie adaptation, comes loaded with a number of Batman worthy gadgets.

1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

Sold for: $1.21 million

Auctioneer: Bonhams

One of only 150 Miura SVs built, this particular machines with chassis no. 5012 and engine no. 30708 has recently been got sold for $1.2 million to become the auction highlight among 387 lots of classic cars sold at the Bonhams Scottsdale auction. The fabulous vehicle notably comes with its original interiors and odometer reading of just 47,000, and reminds of Rossano Brazzi gliding through the Alpine passes in an identically liveried Lamborghini in the opening sequences of the famed British heist film, The Italian Job.

1986 Porsche 959 Prototype

Sold for: $440,000

Auctioneer: Barrett-Jackson

Built in 1986, the 1986 Porsche 959 Prototype which can’t be even driven on public roads, as it comes with no valid certification, has now been sold to a collector, who’ll probably keep this machine in his garage as an collector’s item. Besides, we have also seen the sale of Tom Cruise’s Risky Business Porsche and the Gold Plated Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet from Russia.

One-off 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra

Sold for: $200K

Auctioneer: Barrett-Jackson

This instant collectible which comes equipped with special features including a rear body kit to give Mustang a muscular broad-shoulders look, super wide 345-section high performance tires on Shelby American wheels, a Cobra S/C hood scoop and simulated side scoops in front of each rear wheel, has successfully raised $200,000 for charity at Barrett-Jackson. This 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra was painted in Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes, a classic color combination which was earlier seen on many Cobra roadsters from the 1960s. All proceeds of the sale of this only Mustang which was painted in Guardsman Blue, will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet

Sold for: $132K

Auctioneer: Gooding & Company

With thorough 1990s restoration, coachwork by Reutter, chassis no. 162145, the 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet which was offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity has got sold for $132K. Offered without reserve at a price between $110,000 and $140,000, this one of the last 356 Cabriolets built also came with recent comprehensive mechanical freshening.

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