Auctions

Sold! The 8 most expensive cars from the Elkhart Collection

by Jeff Peek
5 November 2020 3 min read
Sold! The 8 most expensive cars from the Elkhart Collection
Photos: RM Sotheby's / Darin Schnabel

The diverse Elkhart Collection may have been dominated by “bread-and-butter classics,” but the cream rose to the top at RM Sotheby’s recent liquidation of the collection that was amassed by Najeeb Khan, a US businessman who declared himself bankrupt after facing allegations of fraud. Based in Elkhart, Indiana, the collection included 240 cars and 567 total lots. Eight cars sold for at least $1.1 million (£841,000) apiece and together accounted for $14.29 million (£10.9m) – nearly one-third of the auction’s $44 million (£33.6m) total.

“There was strong money in the top 10, but nothing shocking,” says Andrew Newton, Hagerty’s valuation editor, looking for something outside the norm. “The really staggering numbers out of this auction were for some of the cheaper cars and the automobilia.”

How much is your car to insure? Find out in four easy steps.
Get a quote

Among the eyebrow-raising prices paid was $2880 (£2200) for a Honda EB 6500 X gasoline-powered generator, although a quick Google search revealed the exact model, brand-new, for the same price – with free shipping. And how about $1440 (£1100) for four decorative shelves—or $840 (£642) for a large decorative wooden gear?

The best-of-the-best cars, meanwhile, sold at market prices. Below are the top eight sales, ranked from lowest to highest.

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone

Sold for: $1,160,000 (£886,269)

A well-maintained 1990s restoration, this Miura sold for exactly what you’d expect. Considered by many as the “original supercar,” the Miura is highly desirable. This one, gorgeous in yellow, was a familiar presence at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California. A comparable example, in #2 (Excellent) condition, has an average value of £984,000.

1955 Jaguar D-Type Continuation

1955 Jaguar D-Type Continuation

Sold for: $1,325,000 (£1,012,676)

One of 25 D-Types produced by Jaguar Heritage and virtually brand-new –its odometer displays a mere 170 miles – the continuation car sold for just under its estimated new-car price of £1.14m. Completed to 1955 “short-nose” specification and finished in the Scottish Racing Blue of Ecurie Ecosse, the Jag is a solid alternative to the 75 original D-Types, which are valued at £2.3m – £6.9m, depending on condition.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

Sold for: $1,495,500 (£1,143,347)

One of the most iconic and collectible sports cars ever built, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is known for its gullwing doors, its tubular-steel, ultra-light frame construction and its consistently high auction prices. Restored and finished in its original colour of Silver Metallic, this one retains its matching-numbers chassis, engine, gearbox, and body. It sold for a smidge over its #1 value.

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation

1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Continuation

Sold for: $1,710,000 (£1,307,601)

Another continuation car from Jaguar – produced to allow collectors to experience an E-Type without paying five or six times the cost of the real thing – this E-Type Lightweight Continuation is still incredibly rare. It’s one of only seven built by Jaguar Classic. Used as the model’s North American press car, this Lightweight Continuation is offered in as-new condition with 717 miles on the clock. It sold for an estimated £1.22m when new in 2015 – for £1.3m, it was well bought.

1955 Cooper-Jaguar T38 Mk II

1955 Cooper-Jaguar T38 Mk II

Sold for: $1,765,000 (£1,349,052)

The second of three built, this T38 Mk II has quite an extensive track record, both literally and figuratively. It boats six victories at Goodwood and Silverstone during the 1956 and ’57 seasons, and it was later entered into the Sussex Trophy, Monaco Historic Grand Prix, La Leggenda di Bassano-Trofeo Giannino Marzotta, and the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival. Powered by Jaguar’s D-Type-specification XK engine, this Mk II is worth every penny of the winning bid.

1957 Jaguar XKSS Continuation

1957 Jaguar XKSS Continuation

Sold for: $1,985,000 (£1,516,895)

Yes, another Jag continuation – the most expensive of the three in the Elkhart Collection. Only 16 XKSS models were originally made in 1957, and they are so highly coveted by collectors that one in #1 condition is valued at a whopping £9.2M. It’s no wonder that, in 2016, Jaguar announced it would build nine more in the exact specification of the originals, right down to consecutive VIN numbers. They immediately sold out (for between £993,000 and £1.14m, depending on when they were delivered). This is believed to be the first one offered at public auction.

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia

Sold for: $2,040,000 (£1,559,310)

General Motors designer Henry de Segur Lauve, a concept artist who penned the original Corvette prototype, attended the 1953 Paris Auto Show when the Supersonic was revealed to the public. He was so taken with it that he ordered one of his own: this very example. One of only 15 Ghia Supersonics on the 8V chassis, its price tag was well earned.

1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale

1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale

Sold for: $2,810,000 (£2,147,993)

Crowning this list is the 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale. The fifth of approximately 21 examples built and one of only six examples finished with closed Vignale coachwork, its past is steeped in motorsports achievements. The Ferrari finished second in its class (10th overall) at the 1952 Mille Miglia, second overall at the 1952 12 Hours of Casablanca, fourth overall at the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix, and won the 1952 Grand Prix d’Orleans, Grand Prix de Bressuire, and Les Sables d’Olonne. Considering this example’s rarity and impressive provenance, £2.14m falls well within its value range.

Via Hagerty US

Complete guide to importing a classic car to the UK

You may also like

Ferrari F40 front three quarter action
The Fever Dream of a Ferrari F40
1967-ford-gt40 front three quarter action
Will This Road-Going GT40’s “Colourful” History Add to Its Auction Appeal?
King Charles Jaguar i-Pace 4
The King's Jag is Up for Grabs
A story about

Your biweekly dose of car news from Hagerty in your inbox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More on this topic
Hagerty Newsletter
Get your weekly dose of car news from Hagerty UK in your inbox
Share

Thanks for signing up!

Your request will be handled as soon as possible