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  1. Homologated racers don’t come much more mental than the CLK GTR. It has 720bhp, 7.3-litre DOHC naturally aspirated V12, six-speed sequential ‘box and this is the first of just 25 built. Oh, and it’c completely road legal. This one’s even got its own luggage.

    A snip at just £955,000

  2. Seen Pixar’s Cars? Like American cars that don’t involve the lackadaisical pulsations of a massive V8? And Steve McQueen? Your very specific requirements are met right here, with this rather lovely Hudson Hornet. It’s the same car as Doc from the Disney film, it has a very fruity 170hp flathead six-pot, and Steve McQueen bought it back in 1977.

    Estimates are hovering between $40,000 (£25,000ish) and $60,000 (£38,000ish)

  3. This is the thirteenth DB2 ever built (one of 50 triple-grille washboard examples built) and it was part of Briggs Cunningham’s 1950 three-car entry into Sebring. It’s a bloody good example of British brilliance, too - its tubular-steel chassis was based on that of the outgoing two-litre sports model, but it had a shorter wheelbase, added cruciform frame members, and an extra upper side-rail, which gave it, to all intents and purposes, a very early, very proper tubular spaceframe chassis. Also its four-wheel coil-sprung suspension tech wasn’t found on stuff like Jags or Ferraris for at least another decade.

    It will cost you at least £239,000, mind.

  4. And here’s another reason why it’s good to be British- the Jaguar XK120. Jezza might think that the E-Type’s one of the most beautiful cars ever built, but the XK120’s surely in for a shout. It’s not bad underneath, either - it’s got an original, rebuilt 3442cc DOHC six cylinder engine with hemispherical heads powering it.

    Bidding starts at a shade over £57,000.

  5. Lambos weren’t always bat-winged, asphalt-melting bonkers - some of them used to be quite delicate. Like this one-of-242 V12-powered 400 GT. It was delivered new in the UK, then made its way to the US in 1974, where it remained with the Strange family of New York for twenty two years. The third and current owner purchased the car in 1996, then treated it to a frame-off restoration down to bare metal.

    Nice, isn’t it? Suppose it should be for an estimated £250,000.

  6. This is one for Lord James of Mayshire -the last word in uncompromised Triple XL hyperwafting. There’s a 6.3-litre V8 under the runway of bonnet, and its innards are stuffed with kit, including air conditioning, electric windows, electric aerial, and a two-speaker stereo.

    This is one of just 75 built, which explains the £207,100 estimate…

  7. It might be tumbling towards its 50th birthday, but there’s plenty of life left in this old Cobra. 600bhp, to be precise. This ex-Dick Terrell competition car was SCCA Regional Champion in 1968 and the camera car for epic petrosexual classic, Grand Prix.

    It’s just been restored, it’s bloody rare and it’ll cost you at least £955,000…

  8. Can’t afford the £5.6m Ferrari 250 SWB California James drove last series? How about this 250 GT Series SII? It’s one of 201 examples built, has clocked just 65,000 miles from new and you get a 240bhp, 2,953cc V12 under the bonnet.

    The best bit? It’ll cost you a piffling £400,000 (or thereabouts).

  9. You want rare? You can’t handle rare… This is a one-off Scaglietti Berlinetta-bodied 410 S that was specially commissioned for Ferrari SEFAC board member , Michael Paul-Cavallier. It was the legendary 4.9-litre Superamerica engine’s debut appearance, and it’s already won an award at the 2009 Ill-Fitting Brass-Buttoned Sports Jacket Convention and Car Show, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

    RM won’t tell us how much bidding’s starting at, so we’re guessing it’ll be expensive.

  10. Remember when fast Porsches didn’t have radiators and used to be mental? This does, because it’s cooled with air, arse-engined, weighs about the same as a Quaver and has 210bhp. This is number 143 of 200, has matching engine and body numbers and the original M471 lightweight kit, so it weighs in at 900kg, 200kg less than the touring model.

  11. Buying this? Best invest in a few Autosol shares - this polished, all-aluminium racer looks like it’ll be a pickle to keep clean. That said, its owners for the last 56 years seem to have done a good job, and even found time to race the super-desirable finned single-seat, 165mph monster.

    RM reckons it’ll leave the block for around £80,000.

  12. If your aluminium polishing fetish isn’t sated by the Lotus Eleven above, there’s another chance to consign your life to keeping your car clean. This 250+bhp racer was driven by Graham Hill in two West Coast Pro Series races in 1962 and successfully campaigned by Bill Sturgis from 1962-1963.

    Yours for around £160,000

  13. It’ll cost you about £460,000 to remove this from the poster on your childhood bedroom wall and put it in your garage. Which is pretty price to pay - the F40’s an undisputed champion of awesomeness, peddling 478hp from its 2,936cc DOHC twin-turbo V8. This one’s got 4,600 miles on the clock. We’d like to put on several more.

  14. 325hp’s pretty impressive by today’s standards, but back in the sixties this thing must have been a rocket ship. It’s one of just 34 original production GT350 Rs, and we say original, we mean it; it’s got the factory-fitted racing wheels and Plexiglass.

    Which could explain the pricetag. RM reckons it could fetch nearly £890,000

  15. Got some mates in the ACO? And some other mates with hyperpowered racers? You best get buying this - it’s one of 16 Audi R8 Sportds Prototypes that competed in the 2002 Le Mans. There’s a 610hp 3.6-litre V8 hiding under carbon bodywork. Needless to say, it’s fast.

    And expensive. RM reckons £955,000 will bag it.

  16. Its owner reckons this thing’s pushing out 685hp from its 427CI big block V8, which sounds about right because this is considered the most victorious racing Corvette in history. It’s been driven by Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson, winning multiple SCCA championships in its heyday.

    All this provenance comes in at a paltry £860,000

  17. This might not be particularly rare, but Gott im Himmell it’s pretty. This fuel-injected six-pot Benz has the uprated 240bhp Sport engine and the original Rudge wheels and belly pans. It was raced by its first owner, but it’s been restored since.

    Want it? It’ll cost you £637,000. But remember, these are a better investment than gold…

  18. If you read our recent coachbuilding history lesson, you’ll know that bespoke bodywork was a popular option for the mid-century one percent. But this is actually a modern customisation, built from a salvaged Phantom III. Its recent inception hasn’t put the concourse beards off, though - it won first place for New American Coachwork at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the Classic Car Club of America gave it top marks of 100 points.

    RM reckons the hammer’ll drop at around £540,000

  19. Abnormal aspiration is a something of a rarity on cars built before the war, as is front-wheel drive, preselector transmission, a hidden fuel-filler door, independent front suspension, no running boards, pontoon fenders, disappearing headlights, radio, variable-speed windshield wipers, and a wrap-around chrome grill. This 170bhp rag-top, then, is a bit of a trend setter.

    Yours for around £207,000.

  20. Ten of America’s top hot rod builders were asked to build custom pedal cars that’ll be sent to auction in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and charities chosen by the builders. And this is one of them - put together by Troy Trepanier, the inspiration for the build comes from his successes at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

    The ‘32 Ford roadster is modeled after a salt flat race car under construction currently in their shop. All of the work on the pedal car was done in-house by the Rad Rides by Troy team, and includes one-off suspension components to get it as low to the ground as possible.

    Alongside the barely-driven million-dollar Ferraris, this looks like an absolute steal - it only costs £7,600.

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