Old racing transporter sparks bizarre bidding war
A motor racing enthusiast has paid the extraordinary amount of NZ$3.58 million for the 1960 Commer TS3 three-car transporter for the Ecurie Ecosse race team.
Ecosse was a private Scottish team that achieved success in the 1950s and '60s, the highlight being wins in '56 and '57 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The auction sold all eight cars remaining in the Ecurie Ecosse collection, all painted in the team's famous blue and white colours, including a very rare Jaguar D-Type and C-Type. But no-one expected the transporter to be the star of the show.
The bidding for the two-stroke truck lasted almost 20 minutes before reaching its final price.
The same US buyer also bought the two Jaguars for NZ$5.16m and NZ$5.75m respectively.
In contrast Michael Schumacher's 1994 Benetton-Ford, which helped him to the first of seven F1 world championships, fetched a - relatively - modest $1.1m.
"We always knew that today's sale had the potential to be a roaring success, but nobody quite anticipated the incredible atmosphere in the saleroom that saw so many truly historic cars go for such astounding prices," said James Knight, Bonhams' Group Motoring Director.
"The Jaguars especially were exceptionally popular, and I am delighted that the Transporter will still be carrying two of its original Ecurie Ecosse racing cars."
At the same auction, the 1965 Facel Vega II Coupe once owned by former Beatle, Ringo Star, sold for NZ$674,390.
-Fairfax News Australia