We’ve been cleaning out our auto repair shop in Cincinnati lately. We’ve made some interesting finds: a vintage BMW engine, an old flex pipe we should have thrown out years ago, even some old random tools we wrote off as history.
But we never found 12 vintage cars worth millions of dollars, despite the fact that one of our specialities is vintage car repair. Perhaps we should run our mechanics shop out of a castle. The garage sale alone could pay the deed, indeed…
Twelve vintage cars discovered in a Swiss castle recently sold for millions at auction. They included a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Double Phaeton, a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a Lamborghini Espada, a Maserati Ghibli SS, and a Maserati Indy America. Additionally, a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante, a 1981 Mercedes 500 SLC, a ’73 Ford Mustang, a ’67 Maserati Quattroporte MkII, and a pair of Jaguar E-Types.
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“Thought to have been started in the 1950s by a wealthy car enthusiast, the fleet is said to have remained largely untouched for years following the owner’s death,” the Sun reported. “The collection was rediscovered last year by the former owner’s son, and will be put up for auction later this month.”
The cars brought in a total of $2.3 million.
Inflating the total, the 1958 300 SL Roadster earned $1,262,860 on its own, following a contested bidding war between two interested parties.
“It may be the story behind these cars, but nearly every single vehicle of the 12 sold for far higher than its estimated value,” Motor Authority reported. “The Ghibli SS sold for nearly $196,000 and the Aston Martin V8 Volante garnered $193,000—both sums are higher than Bonhams’ estimates.”