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Top 10 classic cars sold by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey 2015

The newly formed international auction house hosted three separate sales during Monterey week 2015, selling more than 150 high end classics. Prices ranged from £10,000 to £8.8 million and, while there were plenty of Ferraris among the cars sold, the top achiever overall was a British-made machine – it’s our top choice from the three sales:

1. 1998 McLaren F1 LM

The second to last road-spec McLaren F1 produced, the 1998 car was one of just two upgraded by McLaren to LM spec. It was signed by Gordon Murray, and had covered just 6,000kms in the hands of two owners. A very special car, it sold for £8,754,620.

2. 1953 Jaguar C-type ex-works lightweight

The second of just three works lightweight models, this car finished 4th overall in the 1953 Le Mans 24-hours race and had multiple wins by Ecurie Ecosse in 1954. Immaculately restored, it was offered for sale for the first time in 15 years and sold for £8,404,430 – more than £600,000 more than its higher estimate.

3. 2005 Ferrari Enzo

Ok it’s more of a future classic, but this was the 400th and final Enzo built, and it was gifted to His Holiness Pope John Paul II by Ferrari in 2005. It was sold by the Pope to raise money for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and to-date has covered just 179kms. It sold for more than £3,850,000 - £30,000 above its upper estimate.

4. 1931 Bentley 4½-litre supercharged two-seater Sports

One of the 50 original supercharged Blower cars, and the last one bodied in period Vanden Plas coachwork, this special Bentley had been in single family ownership for nearly 30 years. It was restored in the 1980s; a new body was crafted and the original stored to be sold with the car. It sold for £2.5 million.

5. 1994 Ferrari F40 LM

The second to last F40 produced, this car had never been raced and had full service history. It certainly proved popular at the 13 August Pinnacle Portfolio auction, selling for £2.1 million – the highest price we’ve seen for an F40, and more than £500,000 above estimate.

6. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P4000SV

Another record high price was achieved by this Miura - it fetched just under £1.6 million, which is around £12,000 more than another SV sold by RM Sotheby’s in March 2015. A concours winner, it had been restored by a marque specialist over three years.

7. 1952 Jaguar XK120 Supersonic

One of only three built with Giovanni Savonuzzi’s fabulous Supersonic coachwork, this Supersonic was the 1954 Paris and Cannes show car. Today it has only covered 22,000kms and is highly original aside from a respray. It went for £1.3 million.

8. 1940 Aston Martin Speed Model

This Type C model is believed to have been the last Aston Martin sold before the end of World War 2. Its aerodynamic styling is said to have given it a 20mph advantage over open wheeled cars on the race track. This rare survivor is one of a very few to retain its original bodywork. It made just over £1.1 million.

9. 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria coupe

Equipped with its original chassis, body and engine, this car was restored in the 1990s and was subsequently owned for 12 years by Formula One impresario Bernie Ecclestone. Still in exceptionally good condition, it sold for £907,500.

10. 1910 American Underslung Traveler

This brass era model isn’t seen often at auction, but this is the second example to sell for more than £1 million this year. A four-passenger Toy Tonneau version, it was owned by marque enthusiast Walter Seeley and restored to concours standard over many years. It sold for £1,155, 610, beating its estimate by around £600,000 and bettering the price of the 50hp roadster sold by Bonhams in March by £3,000.

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By Claire Evans

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