Last Thursday, bidders from around the world came to RM Sotheby’s 13th London auction to vie for some of the most exclusive, iconic and desirable vehicles up for sale. Held at the famous Olympia London event venue in West Kensington, the sale pulled in £9.4 million-worth of sales through the auction house, with an impressive 72 percent of all lots sold.

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S was valued at upwards of £800,000, far exceeding its estimate to sell for £1.2m

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S was valued at upwards of £800,000, far exceeding its estimate to sell for £1.2m

Bids flood in for unrestored Miura and ex-WRC Lancia Delta S4 Rally
Leading the pack was the sensational sale of a supremely original 1969 Lamborghini Miura, smashing its pre-auction estimate to achieve an outstanding £1.24 million. Offered without reserve and believed to be one of the very last unrestored Miuras in existence, the sale of chassis no. 4245 was a rare opportunity to obtain an unrestored car of this ilk. Sold to its second owner in 1974 and stored in a German barn until recently, the Miura P400 S was presented in the beautiful combination of Giallo Flay yellow paint with Skay Bleu dark blue interior.

Also popular on the night was the 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally. One of only four Delta S4s to have won an event in the World Rally Championship, the Abarth Classiche-certifield example had been painstakingly restored to its factory specification and took a prominent position on the auction stage. Reaching the higher end of its estimate, the Group B icon changed hands for £764,375.

The 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally is one of only four cars to have one a World Rally Championship event, and sold for £764,375 with RM Sotheby's

The 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally is one of only four cars to have one a World Rally Championship event, and sold for £764,375 with RM Sotheby's

We are delighted to have witnessed a highly successful auction at this year’s new Olympia location in London, proving that the classic car market is still strong for both buyers and sellers, with a strong sell- through ratio at 72 percent. The Lamborghini Miura sold well thanks to its exclusivity and rarity, and we are proud to have played host to the sale of the car as it changes hands for the first time in over 40 years.

Will Smith, Auction Manager at RM Sotheby's London

Charity sales go wild in London
The London auction played host to a broad array of vehicles auctioned for charity. Coined the Forests Collection, the consignment of eight cars and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle raised in excess of £500,000 for Trillion Trees, an environmental charity. The line-up – that included a 2001 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 in Sepia Brown and a 1991 E30 BMW M3 – represented real variety on the night. RM Sotheby’s generously waived the seller’s premium to ensure maximum profit raised went to the cause.

RM Sotheby’s will conclude its 2019 auction season next month in Abu Dhabi, with the sale taking place at the exclusive FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 at the renowned Yas Marina Circuit. Highlights of the sale will include Michael Schumacher’s 2002 Ferrari F2002 race winning F1 car, a fully restored Ferrari F40 signed by Sebastian Vettel and a rare 2011 Aston Martin One-77, offered without reserve in partnership with Auction4Wildlife.

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.