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– Lamborghini Islero, an almost forgotten sports car

The best known classic Lamborghinis are the Miura and Countach. Enthusiasts know that the brand started with the 350 GT, followed by the GT 400, but how many people are familiar with the Lamborghini Islero? It is a sleek sports car, which has long hidden in the shadow of its contemporaries. Is that justified? We turn the spotlight on this little-known Italian thoroughbred.

 

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1969 Lamborghini Islero S. Auctioned by RM Sotheby's at 14 August 2015 for 256,500 pounds. Photo Robin Adams, RM Sotheby's side

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 Lamborghini Islero S. Auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at 14 August 2015 for 256,500 pounds. Photo Robin Adams, RM Sotheby’s side

– The 75 most expensive cars sold at auction

Many of the truly fabulous cars here need little introduction. Among the 75 cars below, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the list is dominated by Ferrari, however the likes of Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz make strong showings. Porsche, Bentley, Duesenburg, Ford, Shelby, McLaren, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin also feature on the list, with seven different auction houses taking the cars under the hammer.

 

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01 Photo Artcurial, Christian Martin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sale price adjusted for inflation £GBP: £25,935,000
Sale price at time of sale £GBP: £24,700,000
Sale price at time of sale $USD: $35,579,000
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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.