Classic Car Auction

Classic Cars, Up For Auction

Lamborghinis, Jaguars and Ferraris are just some of the types of cars hitting the auction block in London this fall. But the main attraction at the event, being held by , is a 1964 Aston Martin that appeared in two James Bond films. It’s expected to haul in a hefty seven-figure bid, partly because of its rarity. A second vehicle used in the films was reported stolen several years ago and is believed to have been destroyed. (Prices are in British Pounds). Click ahead to check out some of the clas
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Lamborghinis, Jaguars and Ferraris are just some of the types of cars that hit the auction block in London recently.

But the main attraction at the RM Auctions event was a 1964 Aston Martin that appeared in two James Bond films. It hauled in a hefty seven-figure bid, partly because of its rarity. A second vehicle used in the films was reported stolen several years ago and is believed to have been destroyed. 

Click ahead to check out some of the classic cars that were on the auction block and how much they sold for.

By Joseph Pisani
Updated Nov. 9, 2010
Originally published Oct. 15, 2010

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1964 Aston Martin DB5

: over £3.5 million (over $5.5 million) Not shaken or stirred, this 1960s Aston Martin—driven by Sean Connery as James Bond—has been in the careful hands of one owner for over four decades. Featured in both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” the car has several gadgets you’d expect in a Bond car including fake machine guns, bulletproof shield, revolving license plates and a tire shredder that extend from the car’s wheel rims.
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Sold for: $4.6 million
Estimate: over $5.5 million

Not shaken or stirred, this 1960s Aston Martin—driven by Sean Connery as James Bond—has been in the careful hands of one owner for over four decades. Featured in both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball,” the car has several gadgets you’d expect in a Bond car including fake machine guns, bulletproof shield, revolving license plates and a tire shredder that extends from the car’s wheel rims.


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1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

: £150,000-£180,000 ($237,381-$284,858) It looks like a shiny new penny, but it’s worth much more. Estimated to bring in over $200,000, this car’s body was made using solid copper, the only Rolls-Royce to have that distinction, according to its owner.
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Sold for: $181,682
Estimate: $237,381-$284,858

It looks like a shiny new penny, but it’s worth much more. Estimated to bring in over $200,000, this car’s body was made using solid copper, the only Rolls-Royce to have that distinction, according to its owner.


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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé

: £350,000-£400,000 ($553,990-$633,132) When the 300SL was debuted in New York in 1954, it was the first Mercedes to bypass Germany and be introduced in the United States. They sold for $6,820 at the time. This model, with a red - leather interior and celebrated gull-wing doors, is one of only 1,400 built.
Photo credit: RM Auctions

Sold for: $664,692
Estimate: $553,990-$633,132

When the 300SL was debuted in New York in 1954, it was the first Mercedes to bypass Germany and be introduced in the United States. They sold for $6,820 at the time. This model, with a red leather interior and celebrated gull-wing doors, is one of only 1,400 built.


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1969 Lamborghini Islero GTS

: £95,000-£135,000 ($150,361-$213,672)
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Sold for: $168,389
Estimate: $150,361-$213,672

This car also has some connection to James Bond: Actor Roger Moore drove it in the 1970 thriller “The Man Who Haunted Himself,” the last movie he did before his eight-film run playing 007.

Moore recently autographed the sun visor in the car, the driver’s handbook and a special plaque, all of which come with the vehicle.


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2010 Pagani Zonda R

: £1.3 million-£1.4 million ($2 million– $2.2 million) This Italian-made car is mighty fast (zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds) and mighty rare (one of just 15 scheduled to be built.) It's also the first time a Pagani Zonda has ever been offered at auction.
Photo credit: Tim Scott

Sold for: $1.3 million
Estimate: $2 million– $2.2 million

This Italian-made car is mighty fast (zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds) and mighty rare (one of just 15 scheduled to be built.) It's also the first time a Pagani Zonda has ever been offered at auction.


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1961 Ferguson Climax P99 Four-Wheel-Drive F1 Racing Car

: £475,000-£575,000 ($751,736-$910,018)
Photo credit: Benson Chiu

Not sold
Estimate: $751,736-$910,018

This car is the only four-wheel drive car to ever win a Grand Prix. That’s because Formula 1 eventually banned four-wheel drive cars from the race because it was seen as an unfair advantage.


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1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta

: £155,000-£195,000 ($245,317-$308,593)
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Sold for: $203,839
Estimate: $245,317-$308,593

When it was first introduced some 40 years ago, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta was the world’s fastest car. This model has some unique details ordered by the first owner: no headrests on the seats and a wooden steering wheel.


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1952 Jaguar C-Type

: £1,900,000-£2,400,000 ($3 million-$3.8 million) This cream-colored racecar had a stellar racing record; finishing first in three 1953 races.
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Sold for: $2.8 million
Estimate: $3 million-$3.8 million

This cream-colored racecar had a stellar racing record; finishing first in three 1953 races.


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1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ

: £800,000-£1,100,000 ($1.3 million-$1.7 million) The almost 40-year-old car recently got a two-year, $225,000 upgrade, in which it was completely rebuilt and repainted in a Rosso Granada red. It has won a couple of awards, including Best of Show at the 2007 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia and the Vanderbilt Preservation Award at the Vanderbilt Concourse the same year.
Photo credit: Scott Williamson

Sold for: $1.2 million
Estimate: $1.3 million-$1.7 million

The almost 40-year-old car recently got a two-year, $225,000 upgrade, in which it was completely rebuilt and repainted in a Rosso Granada red. It has won a couple of awards, including Best of Show at the 2007 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia and the Vanderbilt Preservation Award at the Vanderbilt Concourse the same year.


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1904 DeDion-Bouton Model ADL Rear-Entry Tonneau

: Over $500,000This model, which has gone through a couple of restorations, won first-class honors at the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008. It has accessories only a 106-year-old vehicle would have, such as an umbrella holder and a pocket watch mounted on the dashboard.
Photo credit: Scott Williamson

Sold for: $443,128
Estimate: Over $500,000

This model, which has gone through a couple of restorations, won first-class honors at the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008. It has accessories only a 106-year-old vehicle would have, such as an umbrella holder and a pocket watch mounted on the dashboard.


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