International auctioneers Coys broke three world records at their famous Spring Classics auction in London on Tuesday 11th March, which was part of a unique television event with Channel 4.
A 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS fetched £177,640, which is believed to be a world record price for this model and the first of the three records broken by Coys.
The other two cars reaching exceptional prices were a 1981 Delorean DMC-12 and a 1950 Series 1 Land Rover 80″, both part of the new Channel 4 series “Cars” (working title) with star Philip Glenister and restorer Ant Anstead – prices for these cars will be revealed later this summer when the show goes on air.
Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “It was an exceptional event, a buzzing evening with celebrities and a great crowd. The six Channel 4 cars sold really well, including two world records, but you will have to watch it on TV this summer to know how much they went for!”
He added: “It was the first time for an auction company in Europe to do something like this. The experience was excellent, clients really enjoyed it and we were delighted to be associated with the production, which gave collectors the opportunity to purchase genuine celebrity television-featured cars that have been restored effectively regardless of cost.”
Other important cars that went under the hammer included the former manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein’s 1964 Bentley S3, which sold for £31,000, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that sold for £360,000 and a 1926 Rolls Royce 20HP Barrel sided Tourer that sold for £103,720.
Coys’ next auction will be held on Saturday 29th March at Techno Classica in Essen, Germany. More details on important entries will be released soon.