Shortly before the end of the year, the Toffen Vintage Car Show auctioned classic cars from Alfa Romeo to Renault as well as two replicas of Gstaad’s noble race cars. We have the results.
The Swiss auction house Oldtimer Galerie of Toufen, near Berne usually performs auctions for old and young on its premises in the spring and autumn. The event is famous for its realistic prizes. The year-end auction in Gstaad, which has been taking place since 2017, is more elitist. The place in the Bernese Oberland is famous for its sporting events, music festivals and expensive shops in the car-free center of the village. At a classic car auction there, the team led by Reinhard Schmidlin, head of the gallery, brings noticeably more elegant treasures with them – some classics cost six figures. Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are the most popular brands this year. There are also fast American cars such as the Corvette Sting Ray 327 and Shelby GT 500 and two recreators: the Jaguar D-Type from Proteus and the Bugatti 35B from Pur Sang.
James Bond Lotus and Bosch Mercedes
A snow-white Lotus Esprit S1, like the one Roger Moore drove in 1977 in The Spy Who Loved Me, will also be hammered to match James Bond, launched this fall. By the way, it is said that the British actor was vacationing in Gstaad. However, the Esprit being auctioned is now only white because its previous owner, a James Bond fan, had it wrapped in that color. The sports car, which was first registered in Ticino, is said to cost between 51,500 and 55,900 euros. A Mercedes 280 GE convertible, which was delivered to Switzerland in December 1983 as the Puch 280 GE, is said to be up for auction for a similar amount. Both the mileage and recent repair bills consist of five figures: the equivalent of about 10,000 euros was invested, and 58,000 kilometers on the clock. At €64,510, the Open Model G brought in a higher price than expected. However, the lotus was not sold.
Needless to say, at such an auction, sports car champions of the ’60s like the Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 911 are also under the hammer — including a rare, bright yellow oil flap model with a 2.4-liter S engine. Porsche built the 911 with the sidewall oil filler flap for only one year; It seems that a lot of customers and people at the gas station filled the oil tank with gasoline, which was not good for the engine. At 155,900 euros, the sales price of the 911 was at the expected level.
Three very different cars show that the young classics also have their appeal: the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II, the Lamborghini Diablo VT and the Renault Clio V6. By the way, the latter two have a common denominator: a mid-engine in a V design. The Lancia Delta Integrale was sold for less than 100,000 euros and the Diablo for 182,780 euros.
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The Toffen Vintage Car Show auctioned off heroes from the 1960s, ’70s and ’90s in Gstaad at the end of December. Among them are well-established classics such as the Porsche 911 and Mercedes G, as well as younger cars such as the Lamborghini Diablo and Renault Clio V6. Not everything was sold, but there were price surprises in the cars sold.