Auction Results: May 2024

The classic and exotic car market is experiencing a period of steady stability – making it a great time for both buyers and sellers. In May 2024, we didn’t see any big shifts compared to May 2023. Market stability has been consistent throughout 2024 so far, with prices and overall volume maintaining a similar level since 2023 (and still down from the peak we saw in the post-pandemic years of 2021-2022). Below is an overview of key metrics over the past 6 years:

When reviewing these numbers, it's important to note that in May 2022, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe was sold for $142M, making it the most expensive car ever sold. This slightly skews the Dollar Volume and Average Price data for May 2022.

May Breakdown

Overall, Dollar Volume at auctions increased just 3% year-over-year. This was led by a 6% growth in sales at online auctions, while live auction volume remained basically unchanged.

The 5% overall growth in Sold Listings was also carried by the online auctions. Sold Listings in live auctions actually decreased by 4%, whereas online auctions grew by almost 11%.

Live auctions continue to experience higher Average Price and Sell-through Rate compared to online auctions. While both metrics are stabilizing industry-wide, they notably remain substantially higher in live auctions compared to online.

As noted previously the $142M sale of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe in May 2022 slightly skews the Average Price data for that year.


Notable Sales

Top 10 Sales in May 2024

The live auctions in Monaco topped the leaderboard in May – claiming 9 of the top 10 spots. The only non-Monaco sale in the Top 10 came in at #4 from Bring a Trailer - who sold this Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport for $4M. There was 1 other online sale over $1M this month - this Ford GT Carbon Series came in #23 on the list, also from Bring a Trailer.

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Top 10 Flips & Flops in May 2024

Each month, we track "Flips" and "Flops," which we define as cars with documented previous sale records. This enables us to calculate the net gain or loss and the time elapsed since the last sale. While some purists argue that a genuine Flip/Flop occurs only within a 12-month timeframe from the previous sale, we believe this list offers entertainment and valuable insights that a narrower window would overlook. Admittedly, it's plausible that cars have changed hands in private transactions between these public listings; nonetheless, this data provides valuable insights into which cars have realized significant gains or losses compared to their previous sales. Enjoy this data at your own discretion.



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Market Busters in May 2024

While most statistics and reviews tend to concentrate on the upper echelon of the market, noteworthy examples are consistently emerging across all segments of the industry. Our "Market Busters" chart showcases listings that broke records within their respective market segments and across all value tiers.

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Results are included from the following auctions in May 2024:

Header image courtesy of Gooding and Company / Michael Furman / The Mullin Automotive Museum

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