The one-day silver anniversary Quail Auction finished with Bonhams realizing over $30m in total sales and an outstanding 90% sell-through rate. The diverse lineup of cars featured makes from around the globe.
Top sale at $2,095,000 was the 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT coupe, the final example of the coveted Ferrari model that was produced. The beautiful Pinin Farina coupe was first shown at the 1956 Brussels Motor Show and raced in period at Spa Francorchamps.
A slightly newer Italian legend also cracked the list of top sales, this one a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S selling for $1,957,000. Retaining its original engine and Bertone body, the Verde Miura-painted coupe was restored circa 2009 and has more recently been treated to an engine and drivetrain rebuild.
Two Mercedes 300SLs also finished strong. First was a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that realized $1,737,500, followed by a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at $1,039,000. Both examples were cared for by long-term owners. Once a daily driver, the Gullwing remained with one family owner and the Roadster was offered from the owner of 36 years.
Two pre-war beauties also sold big in Carmel, both breaking the seven-figure mark. They were the one-off LeBaron-bodied 1931 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria and the recently restored 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly roadster. The Stutz traded hands for $1,435,000, just ahead of the Rolls at $1,325,000.