Bonhams, Supercars on Sunset, April 10, 2021

At first glance this appeared to be a smashing good idea: Gather a selective consignment of low mileage, late model, expensive high performance cars at a receptive and attractive venue. Bonhams leveraged the exclusivity by applying a reduced flat 8% buyer’s commission rate that reflected the six- and seven-figure pre-sale estimates.

The late model high performance cohort is particularly amenable to remote evaluation. Typically they have few miles, single owners and have had little or no regular maintenance requirements because they are so new. Restoration quality is not an issue because they haven’t been restored, they’re new. Seventeen of the thirty-one lots offered were model year 2017 and newer. And it’s a hot collecting topic.

Bonhams even arranged several days of in-person previews at the Petersen Museum.

Auction experiments are to be admired as we meander erratically toward post-Covid live, live/online and online only auctions where all three forms have demonstrated their effectiveness.

But it all went wrong at Bonhams Supercars on Sunset sale. The Big Money cars did a classic Hollywood pratfall. Only one of four cars with hammer bids over a half million dollars sold, and it was a post-block sale at an undisclosed amount. While something like $3.1 million changed hands, twice as much, $6.2 million, went home with their consignors.

It will be informative to sit with Bonhams personnel at Amelia to get their first-hand impressions and evaluations of why this entirely sensible experiment didn’t work out.

Here are the numbers

Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
13/31 41.9% 46.2% 0% $235,106 $156,600



Photos are courtesy of Bonhams. Descriptions are by Rick Carey from Bonhams online catalog and photography. Sold car results are from Bonhams website, no-sale results are from HammerPrice.

Lot # 101 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium Coupe; S/N JN1AR5EF0HM820056; Pearl White, ‘Martini’ graphics/Black leather, Dark Grey Alcantara inserts; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $73,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $78,840. – 3,799cc/565hp MFI Twin Turbo V6, 6-speed automanual, orange Brembo brake calipers, Grey 5-spoke alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, Midland CB radio, CD stereo, air conditioning, power windows. – One owner from new showing 23,925 miles in the online photos. Completely stock except for the vinyl Martini graphics. Clean CarFax, regularly serviced. The interior is lightly stretched as expected for the miles. The wheels and brake calipers are coated with brake dust. The engine compartment is clean and only slightly aged. Carefully used and well-preserved despite having meaningful miles. – The leadoff lot in Bonhams Supercars on Sunset auction and despite the mundane body style a recognized supercar with staggering horsepower and abundant tech features. This is a realistic result, soon to be seen turning tires into smoke at a drifting exhibition near you.

Lot # 102 2019 McLaren 600LT Roof Scoop Coupe; S/N SBM13RAA5KW008481; Vega Blue/Carbon Black, Midnight Blue Alcantara; Estimate $250,000 – $280,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $232,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $251,100. – 3,799cc/592hp Twin Turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber roof, vehicle lift, ultra-lightweight wheels, parking sensors, track telemetry, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, carbon fiber roof scoop, navigation, memory seats, air conditioning, soft close doors, books. – $311,779 MSRP. Described as “one of McLaren’s most pure drivers’ cars”, it has just 931 miles and is like new. There wasn’t much chance in those few miles to experience “pure driving”, or even many minutes stuck in Rodeo Drive traffic. – McLaren (as will be seen throughout the Supercars on Sunset auction) has flooded the market with mind-bending performance machines in eye-searing colors. They are status symbols among the technorati even if they don’t make the effort to take driving lessons to learn how to manage their McLarens’ performance. This is a realistic price and a reward for working for the right internet-age company.

Lot # 103 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF75VFA8F0205623; Bianco Italia, Blu NART stripe/Red leather, cloth inserts; Estimate $360,000 – $410,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $342,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $369,900. – 4,497cc/597hp EFI, 7-speed automanual, red calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, black 5-spoke wheels, Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, carbon fiber trim, Blu NART mirrors, climate control, manettino steering wheel, chassis lift. – 2,127 miles and unblemished anywhere. – While McLaren employs twin turbos to achieve performance Ferrari resorts to old school technique perfected over generations of development, wringing comparable horsepower out of only 800cc more naturally aspirated displacement. It’s Italian magic. Pay your money and take your choice although in this case Bianco Italia is much more subtle than many McLaren hues.

Lot # 104 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Coupe; S/N WP0AF2A92GS193911; Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $290,000 – $330,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $356,400. – 3,996cc/520hp EMS SDI 3.1 FI, 7-speed automanual, yellow calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, power seats, chassis lift, Sport Chrono dashtop chronometer, 23-gallon tank, climate control, CD stereo, navigation, books, ducktail spoiler and alternate wing – First delivered to Jerry Seinfeld, unusually optioned with both the ducktail spoiler and a GT3 wing as well as a paint to sample exterior. 1,582 miles and like new aside from faint stretching of the driver’s seat cushion bolster. Spotless engine and original paint. $449,890 MSRP including >$250,000 of options and Special Wishes features. – This result (in Los Angeles) is all about having a Jerry Seinfeld Special Wishes Porsche, a car that even with that distinction sold for $90,000 less than its sticker price. With just 1,582 miles neither Seinfeld nor anyone else has had much opportunity to experience its performance, or even to awe onlookers with the Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic paint. Seinfeld or not, it’s just another ballsy Porsche.

Lot # 105 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Convertible; S/N SCFEKBFR5HGS22958; Diavolo Red/Black leather, Red stripe and stitching; Black cloth top; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000. – 5,935cc/563hp FI V12, 7-speed automanual, Black calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber exterior and interior trim, lightweight black alloy wheels, PZero tires, embroidered headrests, blacked-out exhaust tips and window surrounds, extra key, Windstop, AM umbrella, navigation, power windows, power seats, climate control, heated rear window, owner’s manual, window sticker copy showing $460,000. – 5,180 miles, carpets still in the factory wrappers and no discernible evidence of age or use except on the odometer. – It is difficult to understand why someone would buy a prodigious performance automobile like this, then drive it only 5,180 miles and think, “I know what this car is worth and I’m not going to sell it if I can’t get my price.” It’s taking up space in the barn and there are newer more prestigious cars to own and drive. This is a realistic offer and even if it’s a little light could have been worked out to move the Aston on. It’s not getting any more valuable sitting in the car barn.

Lot # 106 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF83CLA6K0246619; Rosso Scuderia/Black leather, Red stripe and stitching; Estimate $375,000 – $425,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $310,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $334,800. – 6,496/789hp FI V12, 7-speed automanual, black calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, matte black wheels, SF shields, navigation, climate control, manettino steering wheel with LED tach lights, memory seats, carbon fiber interior trim, suspension lift, black tailpipe tips, parking cameras, satellite stereo. Assembly No. 167505 – 1,325 miles from new and spotless. – 1,325 miles is a little beyond the distance from Boston to Des Moines, Iowa, (1,192 miles and a road trip in a marvelous car that would reward the driver with the opportunity to eat at Jesse’s Embers, the BEST steak I have ever had.) The 812 Superfast is worth what it brought, but the road trip experience would be priceless.

Lot # 107 1993 Ferrari 512 TR Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFLM40A6P0094365; Engine # 31752; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,000. – 4,942/428hp, Bosch K-Jetronic FI, 5-speed, 5-spoke alloy wheels, dual outside mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, Nakamichi CD stereo, tools, books – Good paint, lightly creased original upholstery, gooey plastic interior switches and handles. Tidy, clean engine compartment with moderate paint loss. 17,208 miles, engine out belt serviced a month ago. Apparently not used for some time until being recently reclaimed from a British Columbia garage, a promising car, but also unsettling. – “What you don’t know can hurt you” and that’s the principal the bidders here adopted with this 512 TR, keeping plenty of headroom at the reported high bid for other issues requiring attention which are not apparent on the surface. It was a reasonable position to take and the consignor could have taken the reported high bid without serious regret.

Lot # 108 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith GT Coupe; S/N SCA665C51KUX87184; Light Blue, Dark Blue hood, roof and deck/Chestnut leather; Estimate $335,000 – $365,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $285,000. – 6,749/624hp twin turbo V12, 8-speed automatic, alloy wheels, navigation, climate control, LED-lighted headliner and everything else, chrome wheels, black calipers. – This Wraith does everything possibly desired by its occupants except drive. It’s entirely possible that when a person gets into this Rolls-Royce it will recognize the occupant’s emanations and immediately adjust the environment. 6,430 miles and like new. – Despite weighing more than a good-sized tree (probably the one carefully cut and finished to panel the interior) the 624hp of this behemoth will hold its own against most lesser automobiles. The low estimate is probably what the seller paid, and it is unrealistic to expect zero depreciation, even for such a well-maintained, low miles example. Reasonable depreciation is reflected in the reported high bid, leaving the seller only some $50,000 out of pocket, 15% in eighteen months or so.

Lot # 109 2020 Ferrari F8 Tributo Berlinetta; S/N ZFF92LLA9L0256179; Rosso Corsa/Black leather, Alcantara inserts, Red stitching and stripe; Estimate $385,000 – $425,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $337,500. – 3,855/710hp Twin Turbo DOHC V8, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, Alcantara Insert Seat Bolsters, Alcantara Seats Inner Trim, Alcantara Door Panel, Adaptive Frontlight System, Carbon Fiber Inner Door Handle, Carbon Fiber Driver Zone + LEDs, Carbon Fiber Central Bridge, Exterior Sill Kick in Carbon, Carbon Fiber Upper Centre Console Trim, Colored Inner Details – Rosso Ferrari, Matte Black Front Lid Collar, Colored Safety Belts – Rosso, Alcantara Centre Console, Dash Inserts in Carbon Fiber, Suspension Lifter, Cavallino Stitched on Headrest – Rosso, Advanced Front Driving Camera, Colored Mats with Logo, Homelink, Red Air Vent Grip on Dashboard, Rear Vertical Wall in Alcantara – Nero, Premium Hi-Fi Audio System, Special Colored Stitching On Request – Rosso, Upper Part of Compartment in Alcantara – Nero, Yellow Rev Counter, Scuderia Ferrari Shields, 7″ Touchscreen Passenger Display, Apple CarPlay, Carbon Racing Seats, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Fully automatic headlights, Navigation System, Wheels: 20″ Forged Matt Grigio Corsa Diamond Cut, Yellow Brake Calipers, and Electrochromic Rear View Mirror. Assembly No. 176846. – $103,524 in options, $379,304 MSRP. The equipment list is copied from Bonhams online description because it’s way too extensive to enter manually. 197 miles from new. – The options alone would buy a nicely equipped C8 Corvette. 197 miles is negligible, but this F8 Tributo is a year old and the high bid realistically reflects depreciation.

Lot # 111 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S Coupe; S/N WDDYJ7JA6GA003656; Solarbeam Yellow/Black leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $81,000. – 3,982cc/503hp Twin Turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, 9-spoke black alloy wheels, Pilot Super Sport tires, yellow calipers, carbon fiber brakes, climate control, power seats and windows, carbon fiber interior trim, navigation. – Gerhard Schnuerer collection. 4,632 miles from new and essentially unblemished and consistently serviced. – This M-B AMG GT S is a sweet spot among the Supercars on Sunset consignment. It’s fast, it’s distinctive, it’s luxurious and it’s moderately priced.

Lot # 112 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N 137PH84336E23430; Civilian Black/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $156,600. – 400cid/300hp Duramax LLY V8 Turbodiesel, Allison 5-speed automatic, grille guard, 2-piece alloy wheels, winch, rear seat entertainment screens and air conditioning, Rigid LED light bar, central tire inflation, Adventure Package, enough buttons, switches and remotes to make a 747 captain happy – One owner from new, 37,000 miles. The Hummer H1 is what a Hummer should be: rugged, powerful and terrain-ready. The cosmetics are well-maintained and the interior is only lightly creased and butt-polished. – Different from most of the Supercars on Sunset but nonetheless “super” in its own massive way, it is a statement that is fully valued at this price.

Lot # 113 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo Custom Coupe; S/N ZHWGU11M45LA02568; Nero Noctis/Black leather, Yellow stitching; Estimate $160,000 – $180,000; Original, modified for competition or performance 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $145,000. – 4,993/1,000hp water-air intercooled twin turbo V10, 6-speed, copper colored HRE alloy wheels, tinted windows, yellow calipers, climate control, Kenwood stereo, integrated Passport radar detector, fire system, internal cameras to document the driver’s indiscretions, clean CarFax. – Under Ground Racing modified to truly frightening specs, showing 31,275 miles on the odometer and on the car. Chipguarded nose, mirrors and quarter panels. LP 570 bumpers. An eye-watering missile serviced a month ago. – It’s a matter of taste and style but no matter your viewpoint it’s a breathtaking car, just not apparently appealing to the Supercars on Sunset bidders.

Lot # 114 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R Coupe; S/N WDDYJ7KA4JA018209; Designo Selenite Grey Magno/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $138,000. – 4 litre/577hp bi-turbo V8, EFI, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package I and II, Exclusive Interior Package, Convenience Package and carbon ceramic brakes with massive orange-gold colored brake calibers, books, accessories. – One owner from new, $30,000 in options, $197,215 MSRP, 1,423 miles. Anyone who has watched Formula 1 will recognize the Mercedes-AMG GTR Safety Car driven by Bernd Maylander as far and away the best sounding car on the track. This thing rocks even if its driver better be Bernd Maylander to plumb its performance. – The GT R has 74 more horses than the GT S that sold earlier for $75,000 hammer even though the GT S had about 3,200 more miles. The high bid here sufficiently recognizes the difference and makes sense.

Lot # 115 2019 McLaren Senna GTR Coupe; S/N SBM15TCB4LW825021; White, Black carbon fiber/Black cloth; Estimate $1,700,000 – $2,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,400,000. – 3,994/814hp twin turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, #21 of 75 built. – Not street legal, a track projectile with prodigious performance from a Formula 1 level of controls and beyond-F1 adaptive aerodynamics. 2,800 lbs and 814 twin turbo V8 horsepower. But it does have air conditioning. One owner, <50 miles. – A million and a half dollars or more out the dealership’s door and the seller was looking for a little profit to make up for not driving it, but it didn’t work out. It must be breathtaking to drive and is an impressive demonstration of adaptive aero that McLaren doesn’t get to employ in F1.

Lot # 116 2019 McLaren 720S Coupe; S/N SBM14DCA9KW002468; Napier Green, Black roof/Black; Estimate $270,000 – $310,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $240,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $259,200. – 3,994cc/710hp Twin Turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, chassis lift, parking cameras, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, sports exhaust, black lightweight alloy wheels, PZero tires, chipguarded all over, books, manuals, window sticker copy, clean CarFax and AutoCheck. – It may be Napier Green in McLaren’s color swatches, but in person it looks a lot like Mopar’s Sassy Grass High Impact color. 6,700 miles from new, a supercar that’s actually been driven. – Bonhams offered many glamor shots of this car on the Petersen Museum roof, but little in the way of detail shots that might offer an insight into what effect 6,700 miles has had. There were five McLarens in Supercars on Sunset of which only two sold. This wasn’t one of them, coming close without getting enough to satisfy the seller.

Lot # 117 2018 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso 70th Anniversary Edition Shooting Brake, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF82WNA8J0232365; Rosso Corsa Metallic, Black/Camel leather; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $310,000. – 6,262cc/680hp V12, FI, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, black calipers, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin tires, SF shields, “Magnum PI” 70th Anniversary livery – 1,051 miles from new and unblemished. – A “Magnum PI” livery on a GTC4 Lusso? At the very least the livery belongs on a mid-engined V8 powered Ferrari. The seller got points from Ferrari for buying it and barely drove it. The bid isn’t out of line and could have been given more consideration than it got.

Lot # 118 2018 Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF87EXX000231632; Rosso Corsa/Black cloth; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $195,000. – 3,902cc/660hp Twin Turbo V8, upgraded at 2020 Evo specs in 2019, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, silver calipers, 6-spoke alloy wheels, PZero competition tires, carbon fiber wing, fixed side windows with movable panels, 5-point Sabelt belts, fire system, air conditioning, yoke-style steering wheel, driver’s video camera, set of spare wheels. Assembly No. 152204. – Two track days use since the upgrade to 2020 Evo specs, raced twice in 2018, at Laguna Seca and Indianapolis. Features a “nolder” on the wing, nolder being the new aerodynamic buzzword. Some chips and windshield sand nicks. Two wheels have rim scuffs. Typical wear for a moderately used Challenge car. Sold on a bill of sale, a sound and impressively upgraded track day Ferrari in current spec. – A lot of money was spent upgrading this 488 Challenge, an expense that doesn’t seem to have been appreciated by the bidders. On the other hand, it’s a single purpose track day car and track day drivers with a quarter-million dollars to spend supporting their passion are few and far between.

Lot # 119 1975 Datsun 280Z 2 + 2; S/N GHLS30004842; Engine # L28021683; Bronze/Brown vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $34,560. – 2,753cc/149hp six, 4-speed, wire wheels, Toyo tires, factory pushbutton radio and Royce CB radio, original tools and spare. – Showing 8,471 reported original and entirely believable miles. Stored from 1982 until recently but fully sorted. Clear coat over original paint has a few chips and long cracks in it. Mild pitting on the door handles. Tidy underneath. Remarkably clean interior with negligible wear. Few people bothered to give this kind of care to a 240Z, let alone a 280 and especially a 2+2 model. It has to be one of the best examples in the country. – Sold in Bonhams Scottsdale auction sixteen months ago for $28,000 when it showed 8,471 miles. The odometer now shows 8,633 miles and the car is reported to have had “much attention” to the brake system. There is a bit of an originality premium in this result, but not much and the preservation is to be cherished and continued. This is a realistic and sensible result for both parties.

Lot # 120 2019 Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N SCA688L53KU105661; Graphite/Seashell leather; Estimate $450,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $405,000. – 6,749cc/563hp twin turbo V8, 8-speed automatic, sparkly headliner LEDs, all the luxuries plus massaging seats, refrigerated console, clean Car Fax. – Under 4,000 miles and impeccable. – The 220mm extended wheelbase chassis makes this Phantom even more comfortable and capacious than the regular Phantom, if that’s imaginable. The MSRP was over $500,000 and 4,000 miles isn’t a lot on a modern car so a bit more than the reported bid makes sense.

Lot # 121 2019 McLaren Senna Coupe; S/N SBM15ACA1KW800197; Graphite Grey/Black leather, Alcantara; Estimate $950,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $850,000. – 3,994cc/789hp Twin Turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, Paris Blue calipers, 6-point belts, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, Track Telemetry, U.S. low restriction exhaust, 9-spoke alloy wheels, PZero tires, #197 of 500. – 461 miles from new, showroom condition. The carpets are still in their factory plastic. – It’s not the Senna GTR that crossed the block earlier but despite having 25 fewer highly strung British ponies under the engine cover and a much lower high bid it still didn’t find favor with the Supercars on Sunset bidders. This Senna is only two years old, but already out of favor, not a promising augury for McLaren and particularly Senna values.


Lot # 122 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N 9309800053; Silver Metallic/Light Red leather; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – 3,299/265hp FI Turbo flat six, 4-speed, black center Fuchs wheels, Dunlop tires, tea tray wing, fog lights, sunroof, cassette stereo, air conditioning, power windows, Porsche CofA documented. – Said to be under 42,000 miles from new and represented as the original engine. Clean and well-maintained but documented with few detail photos, a car that needs eyes-on to evaluate it informatively. – This Porsche was a $90,000 no-sale when offered by RM at Auburn Spring in 2018. The passage of time has not enhanced its value even if it’s been meticulously maintained since then and this is a responsible bid for it, especially in the absence of comprehensive photo documentation of its condition.

Lot # 123 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF75VFA3E0203471; Rosso Corsa, Blue, White stripe/Black Alcantara, Red inserts; Estimate $330,000 – $370,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $285,000. – 4,497cc/605hp V8, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, yellow calipers, SF shields, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, titanium exhaust, chassis lift, manettino steering wheel, power windows, climate control, Assembly No. 121369. – 8,081 miles and an understandable number of little chips and stone scuffs from the road use. The upholstery is still like new, as is the engine compartment. – The reported high bid here isn’t unreasonable, just somewhat anticipatory of a declining value trend for the 458 Speciale. It’s a trend the consignor didn’t recognize and the result is a big difference between the bidders and the seller. It’s last decade’s Ferrari V8 supercar with many more seductive, faster and higher tech successors from Maranello.

Lot # 124 2007 Saleen S7 LM Coupe; S/N 1S9SB18137S000103; Silver/Black leather, Alcantara, Yellow stripe; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $880,000. – 427/1,000 hp, twin turbo aluminum 4-cam Ford, 6-speed, yellow calipers, centerlock alloy wheels, Sparco seats and steering wheel, air conditioning, rear view camera, power windows, power locks, keyless entry, navigation, stereo. – Designated LM-003, a streetable version of Saleen’s Le Mans race car. One owner, 300 miles from new and as-delivered. – It’s best to let the bidders’ wisdom take precedence in this unsuccessful transaction for a car with a select but limited following.

Lot # 125 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Coupe; S/N WP0AC2A84GK191559; White, Black stripe/Black leather, Alcantara inserts; Estimate $85,000 – $95,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $91,800. – 3,800/385hp, six speed, ceramic brakes, Sport Chrono, aluminum pedals and footrest, satin black alloy wheels, yellow calipers, Dunlop Sport Max tires, yellow seat belts, bucket seats, limited slip differential with torque vectoring, active suspension management, climate control, power seats. – 6,002 miles, one owner, meticulously maintained and showroom fresh. – A conventional supercar with limited tech tweaks to contribute to exploiting its modestly powerful naturally aspirated six, this is a driver’s car among the many show-off lots at Supercars on Sunset. Its qualities commended it to sensible bidders with a realistic price.

Lot # 126 2019 Ford GT Heritage Coupe; S/N 2FAGP9CW2KH200056; Matte Black, Orange stripes/Black; Estimate $950,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Reported sold but not confirmed $790,000. – 213/647hp Twin Turbo V6, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, orange calipers, 20″ exposed carbon fiber wheels, Michelin tires, titanium exhaust, special exterior colors, orange interior accents, matte carbon fiber package. – $121,250 in options, $616,500 MSRP. Special ordered by Anaheim Ducks NHL star Ryan Getzlaf (which explains the colors). One owner from new, 984 miles. Comes with autographed stick and jersey. – The bloom is off the 2017 Ford GT rose as more of them come to market. Bid to this amount on the block as reported by HammerPrice and later reported sold by Bonhams at an undisclosed amount.

Lot # 127 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFJA09B000046117; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather, Brown bars; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $190,000. – 4,943/340hp, 5-speed, 5-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, TRX tires, air conditioning, power windows, Panasonic stereo, original spare wheel and tire, tool roll, wheel wrench. – Grey market car Federalized the year it was built. Said to have had a major service and new clutch in 2012 and a routine service within the last year. The upholstery and interior trim are very good, lightly worn appropriate to the 23,715 miles on the odometer. The engine compartment is tidy and also aged appropriately for the miles. Can’t make a determination of paint from the photos provided but the color appears to be brighter than the usual Rosso Corsa, suggesting a repaint at some point. – Sold by Mecum at Monterey in 2012 for $90,100 and the seller can’t be faulted for declining the reported high bid here, even for a car that’s been largely dormant for years.

Lot # 128 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe; S/N WP0AD29948S796175; Carrera White, Black GT2 graphics/Black leather, Alcantara inserts; Estimate $190,000 – $220,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $176,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $190,080. – 3,600/530hp Twin Turbo, 6-speed, carbon ceramic brakes, fully red tail lights, aluminum footrest, parking aid system, climate control, stereo, navigation, black 5-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin tires, yellow calipers, books, window sticker. – MSRP was $199,220. Clean, orderly, well-maintained with modest stretching on the seats appropriate to the 8,148 claimed original miles. No visible flaws in the provided photos. – Offered by RM at Santa Monica in 2017 where it was bid to $240,000 and had only 8,000 miles. It has few more miles today and brought a reasonable price.

Lot # 129 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFSG17AXL0087100; Engine # 24652; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather, Brown trim; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000. – 4,943/390hp flat-12, 5-speed, air conditioning, power windows, books, manuals, tool kit, clean CarFax. Assembly No. 04330. – One owner from new, 9,173 miles. Torn dash top over the instrument cowl. The driver’s seat cushion is stretched but not creased. Good original paint. Clean engine compartment with modest paint loss. A sound, babied TR. – A reticent bid, but not by much. The pre-sale low estimate isn’t off by much, either, and there is a small cap between bid and ask that should have been bridged if there was serious money at or near the reported high bid.

Lot # 130 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider; S/N SBM13SAA3LW008083; Curacao Blue, Black carbon fiber/Carbon Black, Graphite leather, Alcantara; Estimate $275,000 – $315,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $210,000. – 3,799/592hp twin turbo V8, 7-speed automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, Clubsport Pack, Bowers & Wilkins stereo, 10-spoke satin alloy wheels, PZero Trofeo R tires, papaya orange calipers, chassis lift, climate control, navigation. – $308,390 MSRP including $49,040 in options. Under 400 miles, in showroom condition. – The last of Supercars on Sunset’s brightly colored McLarens and another one with bupkus miles. It didn’t sell, like three of the five.

Lot # 131 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop 4×4; S/N SALLDVAF8MA960618; Beluga Black/Black leather; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Truck restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $48,000. – 2,495cc/111hp turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel, 5-speed, exterior roll cage, sliding rear window, Momo leather rim steering wheel, 16″ alloy wheels, Puma hood and grille, snorkel air intake, HID headlights, center-facing rear seats, Marshall stereo. – Euro-spec diesel with 261,540 km (162,000 miles). Fresh paint and quilted leather upholstery and interior trim. Erratic attention to the chassis and undercarriage with old road grime still clinging on in places. Aged engine compartment with oxidation on bare aluminum components. An unusual vehicle in the U.S. with a competent cosmetic redo, good enough to drive around town but not too good to take offroading. – Arguably as rugged and competent as the Hummer H1 that crossed the block here earlier today, just not as extreme. One-third the price is, relatively speaking, a sound value.

Lot # 132 2017 Tesla Model S P100D 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 5YJSA1E47HF178783; Metallic Blue/Blue-Grey leather; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $62,100. – 680hp 2-motor electric, Ludicris mode, 10-spoke alloy wheels, red calipers, Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires, glass roof, self-driving optioned. – Said to be less than 2,000 miles, one owner. Used car. – A supercar much different from the other fire-snorters in this auction and a sound value, assuming the four-year old 100 Kwh batteries are still highly-functioning.

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    • Martin
    • April 26, 2021

    Excellent perspective and insight! Thank you.

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    Assuming (although it is unlikely) that the owner of that McLaren 600LT paid MSRP, driving those 931 miles cost $85 each just in depreciation. And as football fields are the comparison measure for distance, the Corvette C8 seems to be one for car value–the value loss on the McLaren of $79,000 would also get a nice one of those!

      • rickcarey1
      • May 10, 2021

      I couldn’t agree more and I am constantly disappointed by the exalted prices of high-tech supercars and the negligible miles they are driven. It’s such a waste — except for employing talented designers, engineers, technicians and assemblers at Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and others, a transfer of wealth to the middle class that politicians should note and encourage.
      Thanks for your observation.

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