On the 26th of January, RM Sothebys Arizona will auction a stunning collection of European sports cars from some of the world’s most renowned marques. Eighty-three cars will be going under the hammer, including an exceptional private five-car collection, which has caught the attention of Jeremy Webb.
Two superb examples of Italian flare and passion showcase the five European sporting classics from the decade that arguably produced the most significant cars of all time. They are a a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti and a 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina
There are other Ferraris to bid on and plenty of German cars from Porsche mixed with different models from yesteryear. These include a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster and a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by LeBaron (main image).
The five lots in the private collection are united by their tasteful colour schemes and high desirability. You see two fabulous GTs from Maranello: the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000) and the 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina (Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,800,000). The Ferraris have extensive documentation and a high degree of originality.
A fully restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone, which is one-of-150 of, had its V-12 engine rebuilt by Lamborghini legend Bob Wallace (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000).
Two German-built classics make up the collection, one from Porsche, the other from BMW. a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S in Ocean Blue Metallic (Estimate: $550,000 – $650,000) and a 1958 BMW 501-8 (Estimate: $90,000 – $100,000), the timeless “baroque angel” sport saloon, which has no reserve.
A few other cars that caught my attention as personal favourites of mine start with the elegant 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Medium Blue Metallic paint adorns the coachwork, and the interior is dark red leather. The Full restoration was completed in 2012 by Alte Sterne Manufaktur in Stuttgart, Germany, and then further updates were finished in 2023 by Classic Performance Restorations in Gilbert, Arizona.
The brakes have been upgraded to discs to enable the sublime 300 SL to be driven with increased safety, but the sale comes with the original drums for authenticity. (Estimate: $1,700,000 – $1,900,000). a road-ready example, it will be highly desirable.
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
This LaFerrari is unique with its colour scheme combination of Blu Elettrico and Crema leather interior. Only 3,186 miles on the clock at the time of cataloguing, it has been issued its Ferrari Classiche “Yellow” Book. This one-off chassis is a tasteful example of the quintessential modern Ferrari halo vehicle (Estimate: $4,000,000 – $4,500,000).
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort
The model is Grand Prix White with an interior of dark blue leather. Serviced in October 2022, the 959 from Porsche was the start of the Hypercar. Estimate: $1,600,000 – $2,000,000).
1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
This Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) was owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum and California-based connoisseur Aaron Weiss. It is Certified Category 1 and will attract pre-war collectors’ attention. (Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,300,000).
If you would like to see more details about the auction and the vehicles up for sale, please visit https://rmsothebys.com.
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