A rare, 1937 French Roadster just sold for $ 6.6 million, proving that rich car collectors are still spending.
Complete income for the collectible-car auctions at the Amelia Island Concours d’;Elegance more than the weekend topped $ 66.8 million, a record for the event. That was up 20 percent from last yr, and the average sale value topped $ 400,000, up from $ 366,787 last year, in accordance to collectible-car insurance firm Hagerty.
The star of the weekend was a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competitors Court Torpedo Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi—one of only 2 surviving examples of the French-constructed model. RM Auctions offered the auto for $ 6.6 million, topping the higher estimate of $ 6 million.
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The car had been owned by the famed collector and car dealer Malcolm Pray, whose wife playfully nicknamed the car “Malcom’;s French Mistress” simply because of his fondness for the automobile. He died final summertime.
“No auto stops individuals in their tracks far more than a Delahaye,” mentioned McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty.