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Μία Ferrari F40 του 1989, πωλήθηκε προ ημερών κατά τη διάρκεια μιας δημοπρασίας του οίκου Bonhams στο Βέλγιο, έναντι $870.000 ή €678.600. Σαν να μην έφτανε η ιστορία και η φήμη του μοντέλου, το συγκεκριμένο παράδειγμα είχε και το κάτι επιπλέον στην ιστορία του που το έκανε να ξεχωρίζει. Ήταν ιδιοκτησία του Nigel Mansell, του μοναδικού ανθρώπου στον κόσμο με τίτλο στα Indy cars και την Formula 1 την ίδια χρονική περίοδο, που εκείνη την χρονιά, οδηγούσε για την Scuderia. Να θυμίσουμε πως το ίδιο ακριβώς αυτοκίνητο, πωλούνταν από τον ίδιο τον Mansell έναντι €450.000. Με λίγα λόγια, σε λιγότερα από δύο χρόνια, η αξία της ανέβηκε κατά 50% περίπου… Τυχερός ο –αγνώστων στοιχείων- νέος ιδιοκτήτης της… μπορούσε να την πάρει και φθηνότερα, αλλά τυχερός!

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NIGEL MANSELL’S FERRARI F40 TAKES POLE POSITION AT BONHAMS 3.8 MILLION EURO BELGIAN SALE

10 Oct 2014, The Zoute Sale

– Bonhams achieve Zoute sale record with €3.8 million total (£2.9 million) – Top lot a 1989 Ferrari F40 formerly owned by 1992 F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell achieves €690,000 (£543,375) – Further highlights include a 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S Coupé sold for €333,500 (£262,631), and from 1965 a Lancia Flaminia Super Sport sold for €299,000 (£235,462)

Showcasing the best in European motoring, the Bonhams annual Zoute auction achieved a record €3.8 million.

Set in the picturesque and exclusive Belgian seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute, the sale was held alongside the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and the Zoute Concours d’Elegance, and attracted a strong audience turnout with some keen bidding.

Philip Kantor, Head of the Continental European Motoring department, said: “We’ve enjoyed another great sale at Zoute, achieving nearly double last year’s total. Ferraris continue to excel, taking pole position as top lot, with Nigel Mansell’s F40 achieving €690,000 (£543,375) to a telephone bidder, and a 1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 Berlinetta selling at €287,500 (£226,406).

“Offering an eclectic selection from the best of European classic motoring, the Zoute auction attracts international interest with clients from across the globe bidding – wonderful for a sale in only its second year.”

Getting the sale off to an excellent start, a 1978 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza child’s car surprised bidders and specialists alike, surpassing all expectations of its €2,000-4,000 estimate and selling for an incredible €31,625 (£24,905).

A brace of Bentleys added British luxury engineering to the event, with a 1987 Bentley Continental Convertible selling far above estimate at €98,900 (£77,883), and from the T-Series, a 1970 Bentley T1 sold for €17,250 (£13,584).

In Maserati’s centenary year, the auction featured two of its classic models from the late 1960s. The Maserati Sebring 3700 Coupé achieved a comfortable €193,200 (£152,145), and the Maserati Mexico 4.7-Litre Coupé exceeded expectations, selling for €86,250 (£67,921).

Further sale highlights include a striking Zagato-bodied 1965 Flaminia Super Sport 2.8-Litre 3C ‘Double Bubble’ Coupé, at €299,000 (£235,462); a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine selling above estimate at €178,250 (£140,371); and one of the all-time great sports cars, a 1961 Porsche 356 1600 Cabriolet realising €172,500 (£135,843).