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Little Classics Feature: 10 September 2013

Results in from RM Auctions

RM Auctions Jaguar D-TypeRM Auctions Bond Lotus EspritBond’s underwater Lotus sells for £550,000, whilst ex-Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type fails to reach reserve despite £4million bid.

There are only a few auctions that make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and last night was one of them.

With classic movie cars and legendary racing cars, this selection from RM Auctions was even further boosted by a fabulous haul put forward by Lord Laidlaw, who had put up a fine collection of his classic competition cars.

1971 Chevron B19The iconic white Lotus Esprit from the 1977 Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me sold for £550,000 to a telephone bidder, which was lower than the expectation, but still has to make it the world's most expensive Esprit.

Our favourite of the auctions, the LeMans wining ex-Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type in its striking blue livery failed to sell despite biddings up to £4 million. With initial expectations of £5.5-6.5 million it fell short of its reserve, but with such a legendary status we expect it to appear in another auction again soon.

1970 Chevron B16Some of the other stars of the auction were a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC which sold for a very respectable £360,000. A fellow Ferrari, this time a 1964 250 GT Lusso, made a more jaw-dropping price of £730,000.

Classic cars of the 70s were also well represented with a wonderful 1971 Chevron B19 having the hammer drop at £155,000 and an earlier 1970 Chevron B16 going for £240,000.

Maserati 250SOne of the little stars of the auctions was the fabulously pretty Maserati 250S from the 50s, which went for a more-than-healthy £1.9million.

The next few big RM Auction lots are held across the world, but we look forward to seeing what classic cars they next have in store for us Brits.



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