1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer Leads Sáragga Collection

Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer sold for £680,000

RM Sotheby’s welcomed the first-ever auction in Portugal where the company offered the incredible, single-owner Sáragga Collection, entirely without reserve on 21 September.

Following a 25% sales reduction in Monterey, a packed venue saw the sale gross €10,191,425, featuring 127 cars representing all budgets and eras of the collector car market. The Sáragga Collection was offered from a location on the owner’s estate, and hundreds of buyers filled the room to secure cars from this unique sale near the stunning beach resort region of Comporta.

1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer

Star of the show was undoubtedly the pre-war touring 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer which following some vigorous bidding in the room that saw the car achieve an excellent €680,000.

Bentley 8-Litre Tourer
1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer

Fine Porsches were a notable feature of the collection, and it was the matching numbers 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring which was the focus of much pre-sale attention. Well documented, restored and resplendent in its original colour of Signal Orange, this blue-chip collector car made an outstanding €602,375.

Distinctive Sáragga Collection

The Collection was distinctive for featuring many cars with outstanding Portuguese provenance, drawing local market enthusiasts. In particular, a rare and highly desirable 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron was on offer, a car delivered new to Delahaye’s Lisbon showroom and presented in its original colours, this former concours winner made a final €331,250. The rare 1955 WD Denzel 1300, believed to be one of only 30 in existence, and again boasting Portuguese provenance, brought €314,375. Another notable car to garner significant pre-sale interest was the one-of-a-kind 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Sedan, featuring a unique custom-made glass roof and coachbuilt by Henri Chapron of Paris. Having resided in Portugal since 1972 and in single ownership for 30 years, the car found a new home for €342,500.

Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron
1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron

Maarten ten Holder, Head of Europe, RM Sotheby’s adds:
“We are delighted Mr Sáragga entrusted his remarkable collection to us and it has been a delight to conduct our first-ever sale in Portugal alongside our local market colleagues at Sotheby’s. The room was packed and there was standing room only throughout the entire sale. Attendance was beyond our expectations and we had multiple bidders on every lot, with more than half being completely new to RM Sotheby’s, which is an amazing statistic for any auction.”

Other collectable Porsches sold from the Collection included the eye-catching 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, presenting beautifully in sought-after and rare Rubystone Red paintwork. This modern classic made an impressive €241,250, while the RS theme continued with a 2010 911 GT3 RS, which made €174,800. The beautifully restored Porsche 356 B Roadster was another notable lot that did very well on the night, achieving €151,800.

Sáragga Collection - 1956 Lancia Aurelia
1956 Lancia Aurelia

An additional lot which achieved a strong price was the 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible, which made €231,125, while cars worthy of particular note for shattering expectations include the 1972 Alpine-Renault A110 1300, which grossed €195,500, more than doubling its high estimate, alongside the 1925 Amilcar CGS, which doubled its high estimate, bringing €100,050 on the night.

Sáragga Collection - Alpine-Renault A110 1300
1972 Alpine-Renault A110 1300

Paul Darvill, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s, said: “We enjoyed a remarkable afternoon here in Portugal. This was a very large collection of diverse collector cars, and we have conducted a significant sale in a completely new market for RM Sotheby’s. We are truly delighted with the results, as many lots far exceeded pre-sale estimates, and overall the sale performed admirably, delivering a healthy performance across the board. The packed venue was complimented by telephone bids and no less than 22 per cent of all bidders putting our online bidding capabilities to good use.”

RM Sotheby’s Sáragga Top Ten Sales

1.  Lot 164 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer € 680,000
2.  Lot 197 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring € 602,375
3.  Lot 185 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Sedan € 342,500
4.  Lot 172 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet € 331,250
5.  Lot 188 1955 WD Denzel 1300 € 314,375
6.  Lot 201 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS € 241,250
7.  Lot 125 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible € 231,125
8.  Lot 174 1972 Alpine-Renault A110 1300 € 195,500
9.  Lot 176 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS € 174,800
10. Lot 144 2001 BMW Z8 € 165,600

RM Sotheby’s continues its roster of sales with the renowned Taj Ma Garaj Collection, comprising the cars, automobilia, and collectibles of late, well-known collector, Mr. John Dixon. The collection, to be offered in a single-day sale on 28 September onsite in Dayton, Ohio, features more than 30 motor cars alongside 356 lots of memorabilia and collectibles. The final European sale of the year is the long-established London sale taking place at Olympia in West Kensington, on the new date of 24 October, and will feature in excess of 70 fine automobiles.

Full results can be found via this link.

All images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

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