Lancia Delta S4 Stradale Sells For Over A Million At Techno-Classica

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale
1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

The Techno-Classica is now well underway with over 1,250 exhibitors from more than 30 nations visiting the popular motor fair in Essen 10 – 14 April 2019.

As ever one of the popular features and attractions on offer to the inquisitive collector and enthusiast is the Techno Auction, delivered for the first time in Germany by the world famous RM Sotheby’s.

The company has reported impressive sales of €18.7 million with 86% of all 229 lots on offer heading to pastures new. A packed auction room for the two-day sale attracted bidders from 46 countries.

Star Of The Techno-Classica Essen Sale

The Star of the Techno-Classica Essen Sale was undoubtedly a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A offered from a Private Swiss Collection, achieving €2.255.000. The eye-catching Mercedes boasted coachwork by Sindelfingen, with the supercharged 540 K being presented in Essen having undergone sympathetic major restoration and retaining its original chassis, engine, gearbox and bodywork.

1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet A
1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet A – €2.255.000 ©RM Sotheby’s

Lancia Rally Greats

Another gathering leading the Essen charge was a trio of legendary Lancia rally greats, which sold one after the other at Messe Essen, each exceeding pre-sale high estimates. The remarkably well-preserved, Azzurro-painted 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale was first up.

Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone
1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone©RM Sotheby’s

Offered from just three owners and showing a mere 11,800km from new, the Stratos surpassed high estimate to a final €545.000 (est. €480/520k). The 1982 Lancia 037 Rally Stradale came under the gavel next. Another exceptionally original car and surely one of the lowest mileage examples in existence with just 3,500km from new, the 037 soared to a final €770.000, nearly doubling its high estimate (est. €350/400k).

1982 Lancia 037 Rally Stradale
1982 Lancia 037 Rally Stradale ©RM Sotheby’s

Finally, a 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale, a very original, 2,200km-example of Lancia’s iconic Group B homologation Special, shattered its pre-sale estimate of €450.000 – €550.000 to achieve a final €1.040.000 to rapturous applause from the Essen crowd. Both the 037 Rally Stradale and Delta S4 Stradale achieved world-record prices by a significant margin with RM Sotheby’s, over any examples previously sold.

1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale
1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Kenneth Ahn, President, RM Sotheby’s:
“We are thrilled with the success of our first ever auction in Germany and feel privileged to have been a part of Techno Classica Essen. Further, we are thankful for the warm welcome the RM Sotheby’s team received from the German collector car community, following the sale.

“This was the most successful collector car sale Germany has seen in some time, and we consider Germany to be an important part of our growth strategy in Europe given the size of its economy, significant wealth, and the number of active car collectors. Our inaugural Essen auction has been a noteworthy event for us as it has not only extended the RM Sotheby’s brand in continental Europe but has also extended the RM Sotheby’s experience to collectors at a wider variety of price points in Europe. We look forward to returning next year and to expanding business with German collectors.”

RM Sotheby’s Essen Top Ten Sales

1. Lot 134 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A €2.255.000
2. Lot 257 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale €1.040.000
3. Lot 158 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster €893.750
4. Lot 256 1982 Lancia 037 Rally Stradale €770.000
5. Lot 268 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta €635.000
6. Lot 255 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale €545.000
7. Lot 132 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupé €432.500
8. Lot 149 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV €387.500
9. Lot 267 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT €331.250
10. Lot 131 1930 Avions Voisin C23 Conduite Intérieure €275.000
10. Lot 274 2005 Ferrari Superamerica €275.000

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