Battersea Evolution
5 September 2018


RM Sotheby's enjoyed an evening which saw £9.4 million-worth of outstanding cars go under the hammer in what was the company's 12th annual return to Battersea Evolution in London on 5 September.

Proving once again that rare, modern-era supercars remain in strong demand with collectors and enthusiasts, it was the 2003 Ferrari Enzo that proved its star quality by leading the results, selling for £1.97 million to nearly eclipse its high estimate. Representing the pinnacle of hypercar engineering when the model launched in 2002, the car has rightfully found its place in history as one of the all-time great Ferrari models and will remain a highly collectable icon in future years.

Also demonstrating that the classically beautiful Ferraris of the 1950s remain highly desired by collectors, it was the 1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe that proved to be second biggest seller on the night, securing £1.02 million, surpassing high estimate. Featuring exquisitely beautiful Pinin Farina coachwork, only 78 examples of the 212 Inter were produced between 1951 and 1953, with this car being one of 26 cars to receive the EU – or 'Europa' – chassis designation. One of only four left-hand-drive examples with a known history and a recent concours restoration by marque specialists, the car fully deserved its price tag in seven figures.

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby's Europe, said following the sale: "Looking at the top five sales in London this year, it's satisfying to see stand-out individual prices achieved for exceptional cars across several categories, from American Classics through early Ferraris and modern supercars. We look forward to furthering the success of our London event in 2019, remaining at Battersea Evolution but moving to 5 November to accommodate the busy summer collector car calendar."