The 2009 Tesla Roadster ‘Signature Edition’ was the first ever Tesla delivered to Europe and sold for €50,740. Tesla is fast becoming the modern-day-car market leader and with the way things are going, both in terms of fuel efficiency and performance, there is little doubt that this early, historically important all-electric car will be one of the classics of the future.
Estimates indicate that in excess of 2,000 visitors attended the auction at the international biennial event, also the world’s leading motor show in terms of visitor numbers with 1,253,513 people in attendance in 2014, which saw cars being sold to international buyers across Europe, Japan and the United States.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “We were very excited to be the auction partners of the Paris Motor Show. As an inaugural auction Paris was challenging but we were delighted to add it to our European portfolio which includes Techno Classica Essen, Scloss Dyck, Maastricht Inter-Classics and Monaco, along with signature sales at Olympia and Westminster in London as well as the only classic motorcycle auction held in the British capital."
He added: "The event is about passion, enthusiasm, seeing the cars you love… the auction was about the aspiration to buy the car of your dreams, so we brought a very broad selection of cars, coming from every corner of France and all over Europe, that visitors as well as collectors could access.”
Another highlight of the auction was the sale of the 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 of the ‘Enzo Ferrari’ film. From the prestigious Violati Collection, this is arguably one of the most significant 365 in existence. Offered with its original Modena number of MO 39333, the car was heavily featured in the 2003 film Ferrari, based on the book by Enzo Biagi depicting Enzo Ferrari’s rise from a successful race driver to one of the most famous entrepreneurs of all time. It sold for €75,800 to a Ferrari collector in New Zealand
One of starts of the Paris Motor Show was the rare 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drophead Coupe liveried in real 24 carat Gold Leaf that once belonged to the flamboyant pianist Liberace, which sold for €98,000.
Other collectors’ cars that went under the hammer include two Porsche 356 Pre A, a 1955 cabriolet that sold for €260,600 and a 1953 1500 S coupe for €283,000 to the same buyer, a 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia for €170,000, a 1954 Corvette C1 for over €70,000 and a 1990 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary with less than 400 miles on the clock for €367,000.
The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) 24hs of Le Mans 2017 VIP Hospitality kindly donated a charity lot for the noblest cause and with its sale it helped raise funds to support a young boy whose parents, a police officer and a police secretary, were murdered by a ruthless terrorist in Magnanville, France, earlier in June this year.
Coys next auction takes place on October 29th at Alexandra Palace in London, UK. More details will be released soon.