Repossessed Supercars Bring $27+Million at Auction
The event included the most expensive Lambo ever sold at auction.
The hammer finally fell at Bonham's much-hyped Bonmont sale this past weekend, netting more than $27 million in sales against a predicted $18.7 million. The eclectic docket of cars was buoyed by the Swiss government's repossession of Vice President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue's car collection, a plug-and-play selection of the world's greatest supercars. It was one of the most supercar-heavy sales we've seen in quite some time, and was a rare opportunity for collectors to gain access to some of the world's most exclusive and rarified machinery. Here are some of the sale's high points.
2014 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster | $8,312,060
When supercars and hypercars are involved, exclusivity is king. What good is it to spend half-a-million on the latest Aventador S when Alistair down at the country club already rolls up in the Aventador SVJ? This is where the big money springs for the ultra-limited special editions. As such, the Veneno Roadster is about as exclusive as Lamborghinis come. This oddly-spec'd beige-over-tan Roadster is one of just nine Veneno Roadsters ever built, and one of just 12 publicly available Venenos, so its no surprise this $8.3 million sale set the record for most expensive Lambo ever sold at auction.
2015 Koenigsegg One:1 | $4,617,811
Keeping with the exclusive theme, a one-of-six Koenigsegg One:1 came up for grabs. This is the superlight, mega-powerful Agera variant that made headlines a few years ago for lap records, breaking the Spa mark and attempting to do the same on the Nürburgring. That last one didn't quite pan out, thanks to a temporary nix on 'Ring record runs at the time, but the 1,341-hp One:1 remains one of the most desirable hypercars ever built, proved by its $4.6 million sell-through.
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE | $510,845
Let's slow down for a second. This obscenely pretty 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE isn't nearly as flashy or fast as the aforementioned haute hypers,, but this is for when you need to make a statement, or maybe decompress on a countryside drive. Plus, unlike the bewinged hyper coupes, this silver cruiser will be welcomed anywhere you go with open arms. C0nsidering what similar Ferrari 250s go for these days, half-a-million almost seems like a bargain. Almost.
2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet | No Sale
By any other metric other than performance, this G650 is a supercar—or rather, a super-truck. There's a lot to unpack with the G650, as it represents a mishmash of previous special-edition G-wagens. For starters, this is the first-ever Maybach-ified G, meaning it's loaded with the very best interior Mercedes could shoehorn into its narrow compartment. It's mechanically based on the G500 4x4², which is the extremely tall, badlands-ready limited-run model that incorporated portal axles and a seriously impressive suspension.
Under the hood, the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 puts out 630 horsepower, making the G650 the only way to get the G500 4x4² chassis with the V-12. As a cherry on top, the rear portion is comprised of a soft top, giving those lucky passengers in the rear seat their daily dose of vitamin D. They only made 99 of these, but considering it didn't sell at the event, it looks like those who wanted one already had theirs.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing | No Sale
1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster | $779,255
Speaking of Mercedes, every major collection worth its oil spots includes at least one 300SL. As expected, Bonhams had both Gullwing coupe and Roadster variants up for grabs, each in spectacular factory-fresh condition. Though Bonhams expected at least $1.1 million for the coupe, and at least $780,000 for the Roadster, the coupe failed to sell and the Roadster scraped by with a final hammer price of $779,255.
1933 Aston Martin Le Mans 1.5-Litre Tourer | $288,613
Aston Martin DB5s are so old hat. This prewar Aston from an era when the British automaker put more emphasis on motorsports than comfort and styling was a good way to round out a collection. This particular Aston is built for backwoods motoring, especially with that buzzy 1.5-liter four-cylinder, and someone is a very happy camper right about now with a final price of $288,613.
1993 Porsche 964 911 Turbo S Leichtbau | $1,154,452
Can't have a high-dollar auction in 2019 without a rare Porsche, and this bright-yellow 964 was a good place to start. Think of this Turbo S as a predecessor to the 911 GT2, the first of those arriving with the 993 generation. It's more powerful than the regular 964 Turbo by an additional 61 horsepower, now up to 381. It's lighter too, having shed roughly 400 pounds by way of thinner glass, aluminum doors, carbon-fiber components, and tissue-thin carpets. Keeping with the theme of pay more for less, $1,154,452 exchanged hands before the car found a new home.
This story was originally published on September 27, 2019. It has been updated with final sale prices.