SLR smashes auction record

Time 9:20 pm, May 28, 2008


JUST weeks after Manheim sold a McLaren Mercedes SLR for £160,500 the auction giant has increased this record to £187,000 with another McLaren selling at its Colchester centre.


The 2007 model finished in Osmian Grey was one of array of mouth-watering luxury and stunning performance cars in this latest Manheim Prestige Sale. 


The entry of more than 60 cars featured a 08 plate Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead in Diamond Black, 57 plate Phantom salon, a 57 plate Aston Martin Vanquish, an 07 Audi R8, an 07 Bentley Flying Spur and a 57 plate Porsche 911 Carrera S convertible.


With more than 300 buyers in attendance, one could have been forgiven for not realising there was supposed to be an economic downturn in the UK, as bidding reached heights normally the preserve of works of art. 


The sale of the McLaren was electrifying as the offers climbed up to the selling price but perhaps the most exhilarating of moments was when the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead appeared in the hall. 


The audience were stunned into an eerie silence as interest went over the £300,000 level and rose steadily to £326,000 which, despite being nearly seven per cent over its cost new, was not enough to tempt the owner to sell!


Commenting on the sale Chris Cush, General Manager of Manheim Auctions, Colchester said: ‘We’ve now established our Prestige Sale as one of the leading sales in the auction calendar attracting probably the finest selection of luxury and performance cars anywhere in the country. 


‘Sellers are already earmarking entries for our next sale in July and we are expecting some really exciting lots.’


The remaining Prestige Sales this year at Colchester will be on July 8, September 9 and November 11.

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