Bonhams auctions opened the Monterey car week in the States with a new world record for any Porsche sold at auction. The 1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder Le Mans Coupe achieved a staggering $3,965,000 USD at the recent auction. This Porsche 917 had a long racing history with the ex-Jurgen Neuhaus/Jurgen Barth 1972-73 European Interserie and David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Gulf-JW Automotive teams.
Many other strong prices were attained for some of the rarest and freshest vehicles around, which included (prices shown in U.S dollars):
The exceedingly rare 1930 Mercedes-Benz 7.1 Litre SS Tourer that made $2,537,000 after spirited bidding.
The ex-works, Gerhard Mitter/Lucien Bianchi Nurburgring 1000 kms-leading 1967 Porsche 910 Endurance Racing Works Coupe that sold for $797,000.
The ex- J. Herbert Carpenter, Western Reserve Historical Society, Joe Tracy 1908 Thomas Flyer 4-60 Tourer that went for $733,000.
The ex-Ernst Loof racing team, Sandizell-owned 1937 BMW 328 Roadster that was bought for $667,000.
“We are very honored to have been selected to offer these incredible motorcars at auction,” says Mark Osborne, head of Bonhams’ Motoring Department. “We are very pleased with the results and the satisfaction of having met or exceeded the expectations of our discerning and growing clientele.”