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The Best Cars From Last Weekend's Bonham's Auction

Bonhams has established itself as one of the premier auction houses in the world, especially for their automotive auctions. This past weekend they sold over eight million dollars worth of rides, from hand-drawn fire trucks to a seriously impressive Lamborghini. Here are some of the highlights.

1898 Waterous Hand-drawn Village-type Fire Engine
Sold for: $52,800
This technically had an engine, but it was only for pumping water to put out fires. Other than that it was pulled by people. [More pics...]

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400
Sold for: $1,210,000
This car is as original as it gets. It's not restored to look this good, it's just that well preserved. There's an amazingly detailed personal history on this car, and an even more amazing set of photos. [More pics...]

1910 Stoddard Dayton
Sold for: $170,500
There's actually such a thing as "Brass Era" cars. Look at the lanterns and trim and you'll see that this is a great representation of them. [More pics...]

1959 FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé
Sold for: $203,500
A Fiat that was modified by both Abarth and Zagato, this raced in the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring for Team Roosevelt. As in, FDR, Jr.'s race team. Who knew? [More pics...]

1967 Aston Martin DB6
Sold for: $313,500
300 hp, and it's the last of the Aston Martin DB's. Unlike the DB4 and DB5, this one's body was actually built in England. What more do you want from a car? [More pics...]

1927 Amilcar CGSS Two Seater Sports
Sold for: $191,400
35 hp was kind of a lot in the 1920s. This car's had some noteworthy owners over the years, and it's Mille Miglia-eligible, should you decide you feel like driving across Italy with a bunch of celebrities. [More pics...]

1966 Fitch Phoenix
Sold for: $253,000
The Fitch Phoenix is one of those great "What might have been?" cars. You can read all about it here, if you haven't already. [More pics...]

1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Opera Coupe
Sold for: $39,600
The 100 hp straight eight Packard was one of the best cars of its day, and this example is actually in its original condition. The fact that it's driveable at all is a testament to the build quality of Packard back in the day. [More pics...]

1856 Button Hand-drawn Manual Pumper Fire Wagon
Sold for: $41,800
This wagon, sold by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, is 100% manual, meaning firefighters had to really work to pump water towards flames. Kinda helps you understand the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, doesn't it? [More pics...]

925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Sold for: $249,997
This isn't just any Rolls Royce. This is one of the cars that was built in Springfield, Massachusetts. It also just so happens to have been owned by the guy who founded the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance, so, you know, it's kinda nice. [More pics...]

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I
Sold for: $335,500
This is the definitive E-Type. It was the 91st ever made with left-hand drive, and it's one of just 300 that had that really cool hood lock on the side (look at the front fender, behind the wheel). It might just be the perfect 1960s sports car. [More pics...]


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He thought Series I XKE prices peaked a few years ago. Clearly, he was wrong.