Highlights: Sotheby’s Paris Auction Results February 2017

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Sotheby’s Paris Auction Results February 2017

1984 Ferrari Testarossa Monospecchio sold for €140,000 or $149,290 USD

This is the first year of European delivery was 1984 ,  the USA did not get the testarossa until 1985.    This is a UK car and had recent service work including cam belt change.

Chassis  No.  ZFFAA17B000066437

Engine No.  00019

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato sold for €302,000 or $322,400 USD

This is Number 1 of 99 examples produced

Chassis No. SCFAE22313K700001

Engine No.  00290

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage sold for €436,800 or $466,131 USD

Chassis No. DB6/ 2988/ L

Engine No.  400/2984/ V

This a left hand drive DB6 Vantage and his matching numbers.

1988 Porsche 959 Sport sold for  €1,960,000 or $2,091,418 USD

Only 284 production 959 examples produced.  The majority were Comfort Spec models.  There were only 29 built to Sport Specs and this is one of them.  This one was owned by Vasek Polak Jr at one time.

The 959 Sport boasted a full, leather-wrapped road cage with four-point racing harnesses and cloth upholstery, instead of the leather upholstery seen in the 959 Komfort. Mechanically, it boasted a more conventional coil-over suspension and was stripped of the 959 Komfort’s air conditioning and stereo. This helped the 959 S come in at approximately 220 pounds lighter than the 959 Komfort.

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT  L Series sold for €448,000 or $478,038 USD

Chassis No.  01004

Engine No.  05612

The L series is considered the most rare and desirable of the L, M, E Series cars.

Following production of only 150 206 GTs, the more powerful and refined 246 GT model was introduced in March 1969. Separated across L, M, and E series (corresponding to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd), production totaled 3,761 units over the next five years and included both Coupe and Spyder variants. Readily distinguished by their Centre Lock ‘Knock-Off’ wheels, and by virtue of only 357 being produced, the ‘L’ series cars are considered the rarest and most desirable of the three.

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S  3.6 sold for €901,600 or $961,871 USD

Chassis No.  WPOAC2969RS480409

1 of 17 964 Turbo S  Package Cars

Introduced in early 1990, the 964-generation 911 Turbo S was introduced with the 3.3-liter turbocharged engine from the previous 930-generation 911, as the new 3.6-liter Turbo engine was not quite ready yet. Finally introduced for the 1993 and 1994 model years, only 1,500 of these 3.6-liter cars, both Turbo S and Turbo. These cars were also fitted with the uprated ‘Big Red’ brakes and Speedline wheels, and ride height was lowered by almost an inch.

While the vast majority of Turbo S ‘was fitted with the’ Flachbau ‘nose as a no-cost option, the Turbo S could also be had with the traditional 964 nose as well. Seventy-six Flachbau cars were built, but only 17 of these non-flat-nose Turbos would be built, dubbed ‘package’ cars. These cars were also fitted with the X88 option, Brake horsepower as well as an auxiliary oil cooler. This was a result of adding a larger turbocharger and increasing the boost, as well as having adjustable camshafts, cylinder heads, adjusted valve timing, and a ZF locking differential. Also, the X92 front spoiler, X93 rear spoiler, and the X99 optional engine air inlets.

1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT sold for €526,400 or $561,667 USD

Chassis No.  00238

Engine No. 161

  • One of only 154 aluminium-bodied Dino 206s produced
  • Finished in its original colours of Argento Auteuil Metallizzato over Nero with blue cloth inserts

1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet sold for €1.344.000 or $1,433,174 USD

Chassis No. WPOZZZ99ZSS338505

Engine No. 61R01115

  • One of only 14 special-order 993 Turbo Cabriolets produced
  • Built by Porsche Exclusive
  • Two owners and just 18,000 kilometres from new

Porsche has always been amenable to creating special road cars for its favoured clients; such orders were normally directed to the Porsche Exclusive Department, formerly known as the Special Wishes office. There, for an often-considerable price, would be crafted automobiles that fell outside what might be considered normal production parameters; in other words, these were ‘bespoke’ automobiles with hand-selected features.

Here is one such example, from a group – no more than 14 units – of 993-series cabriolets from model year 1995 ordered by Kaspar Haberl’s MAHAG Porsche distributorship in Munich. Their VINs open the door to something far out of the ordinary; you will not find them listed among the most commonly referenced Porsche databases. In fact, Porsche never offered this specific variant in an official sense.

The company had not produced a 911 Turbo in cabriolet form since the demise of the G-series 3.3 in 1989. The 993 Turbo cabriolet website notes that with the 964 Turbo model out of production and no 993 turbo package in the offing until at least 1995, the only possibility for a customer who demanded one was to have a car built to order – always a costly proposition. That is where Haberl entered the picture. After seeing the gracefully styled 993 cabriolet at its introduction in Geneva in 1994, Haberl approached Porsche management to pitch the idea of a limited-edition Turbo version. Porsche agreed, if Haberl would agree to purchase at least 10 cars, which would of course reduce the per-unit price. Haberl did not blink; the order was quickly confirmed and work began at Porsche Exclusive.

Plugging the M64/50 3.6 Turbo engine and associated G50/52 five-speed transmission from the 1994 964 Turbo into a 1995 993 was not as simple as it might seem; there were numerous differences in the new convertible’s rear-quarter sheet metal, both internal and external, from that of a Turbo coupe. However, anything can be accomplished by skilled engineers and craftsmen, especially with enough room on the bottom line. In this case, installing the 360-horsepower single-turbo flat-six, the stronger manual transmission with rear-wheel drive, the widened Turbo bodywork and rear deck spoiler of the 964 3.6 Turbo S, bumped the price of these hybridized cabriolets to a breath-taking DM 264,000, a premium of DM 112,000 over the price of a standard 993 cabriolet.

This example’s build sheet (Commission 360S) shows a long list of factory options. It was delivered in F8V8 Midnight Blue Metallic with a complementary leather interior and dark blue folding top. It notes that the original engine for this 993 would have been a normally aspirated M64/05 with a six-speed transmission. Instead, Option X82, comprising the aforementioned 3.6 Turbo unit from the 964, was fitted. This earlier single-plug engine with 7.5/1 compression developed a healthy 360 brake horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 383 foot-pounds of torque at 4,200 rpm. Also part of the X82 package was the beefier G50/52 five-speed manual with 20/40 limited-slip.

Besides the Turbo bodywork, this example’s listed optional features included lumbar supports and heated cushions in electrically adjustable seats, an 88-ampere-hour battery, headlamp washers, a power-operated folding top, electric windows, a leather-covered steering wheel, airbag protection for the driver and passenger, climate control, an on-board computer, a split rear seat, an anti-theft system, fog lights, power steering, a 92-litre fuel tank, velour carpeting in the front trunk compartment, XD6 sport suspension, 17-inch diameter ‘Cup’ alloy wheels with ‘Turbo’ centre caps and locks, a Blaupunkt ‘München’ stereo radio and CD player with four speakers, four exhaust tips, and other items. ‘Big Red’ disc brakes from the 3.6 Turbo completed the package.

Here is a built-to-order, custom 993 Turbo cabriolet from the factory’s Exclusive Department, extremely expensive when new and almost impossible to find today, offering the best of the 993 and the 964. With only 18,000 kilometres recorded from new, it is beautiful, rare, and fast. The serious Porsche connoisseur could do no better than to add this fine car to his or her stable.

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato “No. Zero ”  sold for €750,400 or $798,992 USD

Chassis No. SCFEBBGF3CGS31235

Engine No. AM10/34138

  • Entirely one of a kind, with personal input from Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman
  • Unique, unrepeatable elements, including handcrafted badge and Zagato-etched key
  • One of 65 V-12 Zagatos built; part of a very rare special edition collaboration between Aston Martin and Zagato

In 2011, Aston Martin and Zagato came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DB4GT Zagato, unveiling the V12 Zagato at that year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and winning the Design award for Concepts and Prototypes. Although the engine was mechanically the same as the V12 Vantage, extras such as the uprated suspension and rear wing helped propel the car to 5th and 6th in class at the 39th ADAC Nürburgring that same year.

Each car was to be individually designed for the owner, with design elements combining modern innovations and historic elements that reflected the 50-year relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato. Loosely based on the standard V12 Vantage, the V12 Zagato features a handcrafted aluminium body with the classic Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof. A grand total of 2,000 man hours went into every vehicle, an astounding five times as long as the regular V12 Vantage.

Chassis number 31235 is perhaps the most special of the V12 Zagatos produced, as it has several elements that Aston Martin created purely for the owner and are unrepeatable. Marek Reichman led the design team in crafting the requested scarab beetle badge, handmade from actual beetle wings – harkening back to the Aston Martin logo originally designed in the 1920s. This design is completely unique and has often been requested by other owners, but it will never again be repeated. As unique as its badges, the key is etched with the well-known Zagato ‘Z’ unlike any other Zagato. And by special request of the original and current owner, the car was titled “No. Zero” and a special engine plaque was made commemorating this title. This V12 Zagato features prominently in Aston Martin brochures and marketing material, including a featured page on the recently launched Art of Living website.

With only 65 vehicles produced, this collaboration remains today one of the most exclusive – and individual – Aston Martins available on the market. The V12 Zagato offered here by its first owner is, without a doubt, the prime example of this partnership and would be the crowning glory of any collection.

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