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Lancia Aurelia B24: A tale of two sports cars

The Lancia Aurelia is one of the most famous cars of this Italian marque. From the original sporting streamlined coupe, a Spider version was born in the mid-‘50s, later replaced by the Aurelia Convertible. Both cars are among the most beloved classics, however there is a large price difference between the two cars. That raises questions – most importantly: Why is the price difference so large?

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1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider, auctioned by Bonhams at 18 August 2017 for £982,500 (9) kopie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider, auctioned by Bonhams at 18 August 2017 for £982,500

 

1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible, auctioned by Bonhams at 18 August 2017 for £265,000 (6) kopie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible, auctioned by Bonhams at 18 August 2017 for £265,000

 

 

– 2017 in the rearview mirrow

It’s that time of year when we look back on the past 12 months and take stock. With that in mind we invited Dr. Vincent van der Vinne, author of ‘Investing in Cars,’ to look back on what has been an exciting year for auction houses around the world.

To begin our look back at the year, let’s start with a list of the most expensive classic cars sold at auction in 2017. In compiling this top 10 list, I’ve set some criteria. First of all, the list only includes cars that were actually sold at auction, so it does not include cars that were sold after an auction. This means that the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight ex-Team Cunningham, offered at auctioned by Bonhams in August is not in the top 10 – as the car was sold after the auction for $8 million. Also, for the purpose of this list, cars younger than 10 years of age are not included in the overview. This applies to the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta that RM Sotheby’s auctioned for more than $10 million in September. This car was also auctioned off for charity, which naturally had a significant impact on the hammer price. Below right is the top 10 of 2017:

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1956 Aston Martin DBR1. Auctioned by RM Sotheby's at 18 August 2017 for 22,550,000 dollar : 17,514,500 pound. Photo Tim Scott, RM Sotheby's. This was the most expensive car auctioned in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1956 Aston Martin DBR1. Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at 18 August 2017 for 22,550,000 dollar / 17,514,500 pound. Photo Tim Scott, RM Sotheby’s. This was the most expensive car auctioned in 2017.

– BMW M1 – One of the few

BMW is well known for its sports and luxury cars. If you’re looking for a new or young sporty BMW, you have got plenty of choice, perhaps a Z3, Z8, Z4 or a sporty 3-, 5- and 6-series and the M versions thereof. One of the rare (and perhaps more interesting) cars you could buy is the BMW M1.

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1981 BMW M1, auctioned by Bonhams at 24 June 2016 for £303,900, photo Bonhams

– The Jaguar XJ220 – When will it be appreciated?

The 1980s are characterized by economic stagnation, followed by recovery and then strong growth in the economy, with the stock exchange tripling in that decade. From the mid-1980s, money was spent like flowing water. As a result, the prices of classic cars rose rapidly. But car enthusiasts also started to gain interest in new supercars. Potential customers were clambering over each other to be able to buy such a car. Porsche presented the 959 in 1983, followed by Ferrari in 1987 with the F40. Bugatti was revived and Jaguar announced the XJ220.

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1993 Jaguar XJ220, auctioned by RM Sotheby's at 8 September 2014 for £165,200, photo RM Sotheby's