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Modern Ferraris make it big at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale

Two 512 BBis and a Testarossa achieved far more than expected: a 1982 512 BBi sold for £235,662, £117,000 above its estimate, a 1984 512 BBi achieved £213,909, £95,000 above estimate and a 1990 Testarossa sold for £165,326, £33,000 above estimate.

The highest achieving 512 was a time warp model that had been stored for 20 years and was showing just 8,500 miles. The 1984 car had been part of a Californian collection and displayed just under 10,000 miles. Both cars were in need of recommissioning.

The Testarossa was the closest of the three to a brand new car, having covered only 171 miles from new. It was in totally original condition, having been parked in a garage for the past 24 years.

Another Ferrari that was always bound to be popular was the 275GTB Le Mans racer. The restored ex-Scuderia Filipinetti competition car sold for a massive £6,199,740.

In contradiction to the view held by some people that pre-war cars are losing their appeal, a 1934 Lincoln KB Convertible sold for just under £300,000, and a rather special 1948 Automobile Shippers Special Indy Roadster went for £312,800. Both had been given estimates around £80,000 lower than the prices they achieved.

Perhaps what made them rather special was that the Lincoln had been in single ownership for nearly 80 years, and the Indy Roadster had a great racing pedigree with the likes of Louis Rassey, Books Stevens and David Uihlein.

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By Claire Evans

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