Battersea Evolution
6 September 2017


RM Sotheby's returned to Europe on 6 September for its 11th annual sale at Battersea Evolution in London. The auction generated £7,064,475 in total sales, with many of the top-selling cars once again being 'modern classics' and demonstrating the continued demand for modern-era supercars.

The top lot of the night was a unique 2004 Ferrari Enzo, finished in stunning Blu Tour de France paintwork. Originally delivered in another unique colour of Matt Titanio Extra Campionario, the Classiche-certified car changed hands in 2008 and was refinished in its current colour. The Enzo is the iconic hypercar of its era, highly sought after by collectors. With only 8,884 km on the clock and with a full main dealer service history from new, the car truly deserved its £1,805,000 price tag.

Another iconic luxury car of a very different era, is the 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon, another automobile sought after by collectors of the finest post-War models. The car on offer in London is an ex-Bentley Drivers Club Concours Best in Class winner, which was once owned by ex-Aston Martin Chairman and successful entrepreneur Victor Gauntlett. Stunning in silver paint, the car achieved an excellent £826,250.

Also worthy of note was the incredible 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX 'Spectre', one of 10 heavily modified and exceptionally specified Defenders created for the James Bond movie of the same name. The car represented a very rare opportunity for a collector and is an important piece of cinema history, smashing its upper estimate at £230,000.