The latest auction event from Coys delivered some truly intriguing cars that went under the hammer.
This included a 1964 Bentley S3 owned by former manager of the Beatles Brian Epstein, which sold for £31,000; a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that left the auction house at a whopping price of £360,000; and a 1926 Rolls Royce 20HP Barrel sided Tourer, that one lucky person purchased for £103,720.
However, despite these extravagant sales, one was particularly notable for being a record breaker.
A 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS, one of only eight versions of the model available with right-hand drive, was sold for a record total.
Becoming the most expensive example of the model ever sold, the car eventually saw the hammer go down at £177,640.
It was available with the original buff log book in the car’s file, which states it was originally brought into the country by Bristol Street Motors, Nottingham, and sold to a Mr Malcolm Stephenson in May 1972.
After becoming the property of another owner in the 70s, it later found itself as part of the Shepley Collection in 1988.
During this time, it underwent an extensive restoration process that saw it stripped to the bare metal and repainted. The car’s mechanics were then worked on by Graham Schultz engineering before completion was finally achieved in 1990.
With the original certificate of origin and a whole host of other vital paperwork, the folks at Coys believed the model was perhaps “the best and rarest” Ghibli available on the open market.
It seemed the bidders were just as enthusiastic about the machine as the auctioneers, with the money steadily increasing past the initial estimate of £135,000 – £170,000.
The car was delivered with a block V8 engine with double overhead cams, marking an evolution on what was added to the preceding Maserati 450S.
It comes with disc brakes in all corners, hydraulic dampers, an anti-roll bar and a live axle.
The sale of the Maserati marked one of three records that were smashed on the auction day.
As part of a new Channel 4 series known as ‘Cars’, actor Philip Glenister and restorer Ant Anstead have taken on iconic models and restored them for auction.
This includes a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (best known for its appearance in Back to the Future) and a 1950 Series 1 Land Rover 80*.
Both of these models sold for record prices, but Coys or Channel 4 has yet to reveal quite how much they were driven away for. The series is set to go on air in the summer.