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Finally! eBay Motors breaks the million-dollars-per-car mark on my latest Top Five list

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On: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:16AM | By: Andrew W Davis

Finally! eBay Motors breaks the million-dollars-per-car mark on my latest Top Five list

If you’re someone who follows eBay car sales on a regular basis—which I’m sure you aren’t—you’d see that the great rise in automotive sales prices at “real-world” auctions aren’t being mirrored by their online counterparts.

Yes, $5,546,234 is a lot of money for just five cars—especially as they sold amidst a sea of rusty Dusters and mold-attacked Cadillacs—but eBay nonetheless seems to attract only high-end new car dealerships’ listing dollars which are meant mostly to move now-out-of-fashion used exotics.

Still, watch things long enough and you’ll find that there are some really, really expensive, to-die-for modern hypercars on eBay every now and again. It just so happens that this time it was five basically all at once. Enjoy!

[All auctions featured are listed as sold/”green” on eBay’s “Completed Listings”.]

TOP SELLER #1: $1,850,000 — 2012 Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport Convertible More_Info
There’s nothing subtle about a Veyron—let alone a Gran Sport—so you might as well comprehensively thumb your nose at law enforcement and get yours in Arrest-Me-Red, with color-matching trim and interior. No, that’s wrong; this is another digit entirely: a big, fat middle finger. That this 2012 model—the Frankfurt Auto Show car that year, don'tcha know—got to 1,200 miles is nothing short of a miracle. I’m not sure how many owners this sexy beast had between Schnitzelville and Southern California—where it was based for this sale—but when you get pulled over every five minutes, it takes a long, LONG time to get that far. My theory—based on years of guessing experience—is that Mr. Rich Guy went blasting around in this thing, collecting tickets like bug splatters. It wasn’t until Homeland Security or whatever linked up all of the tickets he acquired in his thousand-mile speed-spree that he was finally flagged and brought to justice. Or he just drove it until he fell out of love with it and sold it. Whichever. But here’s a note to the new owner: Just be nice to the officer that pulls you over. I hear they do that “watch your head as you *BONK* get into the back seat” thing for real, whether you own a million-plus-dollar car or not…

TOP SELLER #2: $1,500,000 — 2005 Maserati MC12 More_Info
November 10th was a great day over at “San Diego La Jolla Symbolic Motors” as they moved $3.35 million-worth of hypercars—the Veyron I just mentioned and the Maserati MC12 I’m about to—on that day alone. I don’t know what the commission arrangement is over there, but I’m pretty sure somebody got more than a pat on the back and a coupon for half-off an entrée at Denny’s. (Yes, I really got that once, and for helping sell a new 840i at a BMW dealership, no less). Anyhoo, for those who don’t know, the 2004/2005 Maserati MC12 is a restyled, chop-topped Ferrari Enzo that was supposedly created to once again hoist the Trident at major motorsport events. But unlike the Enzo—400 of which were constructed in 2002/2003—only the racing-required minimum of 50 Masers were made. All of them were identical, right down to the blue-and-white color scheme (so unlike the Enzo, when you’ve seen one, you really have seen them all). This one was driven a bit—1,128 miles as of sale time—so it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s at least had its shakedown cruise. Of course, that shaking-down could’ve included flying bass-ackwards across the grass and/or into the gravel trap at a track somewhere, but it seems in fine fettle now regardless. Is this car really worth $350,000 less than its similarly-open-roofed rival? In a half-empty sort of way, no. But if you look at it as half-full, it’s worth $200k MORE than a much younger "regular" Veyron (plus or minus $1)…

TOP SELLER #3: $1,299,999 — 2008 Bugatti Veyron More_Info
Hey! It’s ANOTHER Arrest-Me-Red Veyron! What are the odds? (Turns out, they’re pretty good, though you’d have to cross the country to find this other one, and its interior is black, but still.) It would definitely be worth the trip: This one, though it’s a plain-old Veyron—with a fixed roof and no history of being an international show-stand supermodel—with four extra years (and an additional 1,725 miles) on it than Veyron No. 1, it came with a $500,000 discount. Now I suck at math—especially when it has letters in it—but even I know that’s a buttload of money, even by Veyron-buyer standards. Yet here we are. Oh, and as a side note, there could be an interesting story regarding this vehicle’s 2,748 miles. See, the folks at the Florida Ferrari/Maserati dealership that sold this car say it came to them from Southern California. And here’s where it gets interesting (if you’re a lunatic like me): the Interweb says that the drive to Fort Lauderdale, FL, from SoCal (I picked “90210” for the hell of it) is 2,720 miles. Did the first owner take delivery, hop on the freeway and drive straight to Florida, then putter around a bit there before selling it to this dealer six years later? What? I can’t be the only person who seriously considered—and researched—this potential history, can I? Oh. OK then. Moving on…

TOP SELLER #4: $490,285 — 1973 Ferrari Other Chairs & Flairs [sic] More_Info
You’d think that the seller of a near-half-million-dollar car could spell, but you—and his spell-checker—would be wrong. Unless he or she was making a subtle reference to my generation’s cult-classic film “Office Space” (just google “pieces of flair”), what they MEANT to say is “chairs” (upgraded seats like those found in Ferrari Daytonas) and “flares” (widened fenders/wheelwells). [They catch the mistake a few times in the description, but it’s the headlines that count in this business, not the captions.] Oh, and they made an even BIGGER error than that one in the header, too: this is NOT a “Ferrari Other”. It is very clearly a Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, which—in combination with its chairs, flares, and Compagnolo alloy wheels—is just about as good as these not-badged-as-but-built-by-Ferrari Dinos get. Only 1,274 of these 246 (bigger engine) GTS (opening top) Dinos were produced between 1972-74 vs. the 2,609 1969-74 coupes (and the 152 “original” lower-displacement 206 GT Dino coupes built in ’67 and ’68), so the supply is small and the pool of buyers is only growing larger. There was a time, you see, not all that long ago, that many owners of Dinos got tired of the fact that there wasn’t a single place anywhere on their cars—apart from things like the emissions control data plate in the engine bay—where the word “Ferrari” appeared. So, tired of explaining to people that they really did own an actual Ferrari, they began to substitute Ferrari’s “Prancing Horse” badges for the Dino (just the word) ones. This one seems to have been spared this injustice, but seeing as how it’s covered just 26,716 miles in 41 years, perhaps the owner just hid it away until the times—and minds—changed. Now it’s hard to believe that anyone could look at this sexy Pininfarina shape and think it could be anything but a Ferrari, regardless of what badges it sports. If only my ten-year-old self could’ve stashed a few of these away back in their most unloved days I’d be rolling in dough. So thanks, Mom and Dad, for buying me food and shelter instead of six-cylinder semi-Ferraris. Every time one of these sells for 500 grand I have a hard time seeing myself as the better investment…

TOP SELLER #5: $405,950 — 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom II More_Info
Fast-forward forty years and you arrive at this car—the fanciest BMW the Bavarians can make—the Rolls-Royce Phantom II luxury liner. Unlike every other car on this list this one’s brand-new, with just 11 miles having passed under its oversized, well, everything. Or is it? Its selling dealership—in flashy Miami, FL—has it listed as “used.” Now the text of the Monroney—a.k.a. the “window sticker”—is too small to read, but I’m willing to bet that those were some seriously expensive miles, even with a $400k-plus sale price. Depreciation, you see, is the quickest non-damage-related killer of ANY new car’s resale value, and it starts its vampiric value-sucking the instant you sign on the dotted line. And, naturally, the more the vehicle costs, the worse the depreciation will be. Now some cars can be “flipped” for quick profits—the latest ultra-limited-edition, high-performance cars, for instance—but they are the exception that proves the rule. The best way to counter this, in my opinion, is to buy the car when it’s new enough to still be very desirable but late enough down the ownership line that someone else took the depreciation “hit.” This buyer seems to have been on the same wavelength, as he or she got what is for all intents and purposes a brand new, brand-new-model Phantom II at an appreciable, and, more important—completely invisible—discount. Kudos.

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