A COLLECTION OF EUROPEAN SPORTING CLASSICS HEADS TO THE DESERT AS RM SOTHEBY’S KICKS OFF 2023 AUCTION SEASON
- A private five car collection of European sporting classics heads to auction, headlined by a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti and a 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina
- Other Ferrari offerings include a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 1992 Ferrari F40, and a 1995 Ferrari F512 M
- Famed German marques include a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster in Medium Blue Metallic over Dark Red leather with upgraded disc brakes, as well as significant Porsche selections, including a 1993 Porsche Turbo S ‘Lightweight’, a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S X85 ‘Flat-Nose’, a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT
- Headlining the pre-war examples is a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
With only days left until RM Sotheby’s hosts their first auction of the 2023 calendar, the world’s premier auction house returns to Arizona with an assortment of offerings and an incredible collection of carefully curated European sporting classics.
A Private Collection:
Being offered alongside 83 other automotive lots, the five examples of this private collection are united by their tasteful color schemes and high desirability. Two grand touring models from Maranello, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000) and a 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina (Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,800,000) both feature a high degree of originality and are accompanied by extensive documentation. A one-of-150 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone comes fully restored by Bobileff Motorcar Company with its V-12 engine rebuilt by Lamborghini legend Bob Wallace (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000). The collection concludes with two German-built examples, an Ocean Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S (Estimate: $550,000 – $650,000) and a 1958 BMW 501-8 (Estimate: $90,000 – $100,000), the timeless “baroque angel” sport saloon, which will be offered without reserve.
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – Full restoration completed in 2012 by Alte Sterne Manufaktur in Stuttgart, Germany, with further updates completed in 2023 by Classic Performance Restorations in Gilbert, Arizona, with a concours-quality bare-metal respray. Meticulously maintained by the current owner and sporting Medium Blue Metallic paint over Dark Red leather interior, this numbers-matching Mercedes-Benz is a fantastic example of one of the era’s most collectible sports cars. This road-ready 300 SL has been upgraded to disc brakes for maximum usability, though the original drum brakes accompany the sale (Estimate: $1,700,000 – $1,900,000).
1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by LeBaron – Formerly owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum and California-based connoisseur Aaron Weiss, this Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Certified Category 1 classic is certain to attract attention from pre-war collectors in Arizona (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,300,000).
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari – The only LaFerrari in existence with the striking combination of Blu Elettrico over Crema leather. Showing a mere 3,186 miles at the time of cataloguing and having just been issued its Ferrari Classiche “Yellow” Book, this unique chassis is a most tasteful example of the quintessential modern Ferrari halo vehicle (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $4,500,000).
1992 Ferrari F40 – This example of the famed F40 recorded just 19,697 kilometers on its odometer at the time of cataloguing. This Ferrari F40 comes with a short ownership chain consisting of two prior owners and a no-expense-spared service completed in December 2022 by Ferrari of Newport Beach (Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,800,000).
1995 Ferrari F512 M – According to marque experts, as few as ten Ferrari F512 M examples were finished in colors other than Rosso Corsa, metallic black, or yellow. This example was ordered in a scintillating Canna di Fucile Metallizzato over a Beige leather interior color combination, shared with only one other chassis. For Ferrari fans searching for a flat-twelve driving experience in a subtly beautiful colorway, this is a lot to watch (Estimate: $625,000 – $700,000).
1993 Porsche Turbo S ‘Lightweight’ – One of only 86 examples reengineered by Porsche to weigh 400 pounds less than the standard Turbo S. With its numbers-matching, 3.3-liter, type M30/69 SL powerplant producing 61 horsepower more than the already potent Turbo S, this is a rare example optioned with air conditioning and power windows (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,300,000).
1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S X85 ‘Flat-Nose’ – Offering extreme distinction for an air-cooled car, this is the only X85 Turbo S finished in Speed Yellow. Features hand-fabricated X85 “Flat-Nose” bodywork. The option incorporated 968-style retractable „flounder“ headlamps, asymmetrical 959-style air intakes on both rear quarter-panels, a special front air-splitter, and a louvered rear wing enclosing the intercooler, among other upgrades (Estimate: $800,000 – $1,000,000).
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Tastefully specified in Grand Prix White over dark blue leather and serviced as recently as October 2022 (Estimate: $1,600,000 – $2,000,000).
2005 Porsche Carrera GT – Wearing a Seal Grey over Terracotta color combination, this Carrera GT represents the pinnacle of Porsche collecting (Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,400,000).
15 cars with estimates at or over $1M
28 cars with estimates at or over $500K
Top 10 Cars
|2014 Ferrari LaFerrari||$4,000,000 – $4,500,000|
|1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra||$3,000,000 – $3,600,000|
|1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti||$3,000,000 – $3,500,000|
|1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone||$3,000,000 – $3,500,000|
|1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL-1 Convertible||$2,600,000 – $3,000,000|
|1992 Ferrari F40||$2,200,000 – $2,800,000|
|1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina||$2,200,000 – $2,800,000|
|1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||$1,700,000 – $1,900,000|
|1994 Bugatti EB110 GT||$1,600,000 – $2,000,000|
|1987 Porsche 959 Komfort||$1,600,000 – $2,000,000|
Arizona Sale by RM Sotheby’s
Wednesday, 25 January 2023
PREVIEW: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday, 26 January 2023
PREVIEW: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
AUCTION: 2:00 pm