BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (July 18, 2005) – When it comes to that magic million-dollar mark for collector car auctions, no other company can match RM Auctions’ success at selling the world’s finest vintage automobiles in excess of seven figures. This success is especially prevalent at RM’s annual Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction that has seen numerous cars sell under the gavel for more than a million dollars and establish record auction prices. The 2005 auction will surpass all other previous sales with ten outstanding automobiles with million-dollar potential up for bids as well as rare offerings of other important American and European marques. The Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction will be the largest single offering of vintage automobiles in the history of the Monterey weekend with more than $40 million in collectable vehicles crossing the auction block over the two-day sale.
“We always strive to find the most exceptional examples available; automobiles that are one-of-a-kind or so desirable that serious collectors from around the world dream about adding them to their collections,” says Rob Myers of RM Auctions. “We have had great success selling investment quality consignments, which is why sellers feel comfortable entrusting us with their vehicles and why buyers look to us for the cream of the current collector market.”
The “Top Ten” million dollar automobiles offered at RM’s Monterey auction include:
1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS Figoni et Falaschi Teardrop Coupe – A one-of-a-kind beauty that epitomizes the best of French coachbuilding with its seductive teardrop shaped body and fenders, this example (chassis #90034) represents the successful union of Talbot-Lago’s winning T150 racing chassis and the handcrafted automotive artwork of Figoni et Falaschi’s incredible coachbuilt design. This car has remained in Europe since new having enjoyed an early racing career including a class win at the 24 hours of Spa in 1948 and represents the first time a Teardrop Coupe of this caliber has come to auction in the United States.
(Est: $3,000,000 – $4,000,000)
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – One of only 19 ever built, this impressive Zagato (chassis #DB4GT 0199/L) is the second car that was hand-built and completed in Italy by famed coachbuilder Ugo Zagato. The special alloy bodied Zagato features a more powerful engine than the standard GT producing 314 bhp and impressive performance figures even for today. Finished in Italian racing red with a deep black leather interior and carefully maintained by the same owner for the last 30 years. (Est: $2,900,000 – $3,200,000)
1953 Ferrari 375MM Spyder – The only example of the 375 Mille Miglia to be bodied by Scaglietti out of a total of twelve built. Chassis #0366AM features an outstandingly powerful 340bhp, SOHC V12 engine mated with a four-speed fully synchronized gearbox, driven by a multi-plate clutch. Known racing history includes the Sweden and Portugal Grand Prix of the 1950’s. A unique and rare pedigree respected for its brawn and its beauty. (Est: $2,900,000 – $3,200,000)
1964 Ford GT 40 Prototype – This is the car that won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1965 with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby behind the wheel. Noted drivers Masten Gregory, Ritchie Ginther and Phil Hill first introduced this particular car as a 1964 Ford Factory entry at LeMans, Reims and Nassau. Sold to a private racing entrant in 1966, this GT 40 (chassis #103) has been owned by the same individual for the last 38 years and is painted in its 1966 racing livery. (Est: $2,300,000 – $2,600,000)
1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B Monoposto – Representing one of the featured marques at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours, this incredible Alfa Romeo open wheel racer was the pride of the legendary Scuderia Ferrari racing team. The car became known simply as the “P3” (chassis #5006) as it obliterated its competition throughout the 1932 Grand Prix season, winning all three championship races at Monza, the famed 14-mile Nurburgring, and Rheims. One of only six P3s built for the season. (Est: $2,000,000 – $2,500,000)
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta – One of the most attractive, powerful and significant Ferraris of its time, this 250 GT possesses a beautiful Scaglietti body designed by Pinin Farina. This car is the last Tour de France built in 1959 (chassis #1161GT) and competed at the Lime Rock and Bridgehampton race tracks. With a documented history since new, this particular 250 GT also has competed in the Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge and the Monterey Historics. (Est: $1,400,000 – $1,700,000)
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – This stunning example of German perfection received a high quality re-body to Special Roadster configuration, employing correct 540 K matching numbers mechanical components and correct 5.4-liter supercharged engine. The centerpiece of the Berlin Motor Show in 1937, it was the automobile of choice of royalty and international celebrities. A stunning automobile finished in a handsome burgundy coat with a supple beige leather interior. (Est: $1,000,000 – $1,400,000)
1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta – A colorful history of ownership includes first owner Tommaso Sebastiani and Charlie Chaplin’s son Sidney. This hot rod of sports racers is powered the venerable 4.1 litre V-12 and features a very rare, factory competition dry sump system. Of the twenty-three 340 models built and one of only two closed Berlinettas to receive Tourings superlight coachwork. (Est: $950,000 – $1,100,000)
1962 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car – Recently restored Ex-Chuck Jones/Team Meridian Chaparral driven by Skip Hudson in 1963. Chapparals were the last of the classic front-engined sports racers and were successfully raced by top drivers including Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Harry Heuer, and Roger Ward. Most importantly – this is chassis #004 the only Chaparral of five built currently available for sale.
Offered Without Reserve. (Est: $650,000 – $950,000)
1969 Ferrari 512S Spyder Sports Racing Car – Chassis #1006 began its illustrious racing career at Sebring in March of 1970 for Luigi Chinetti’s North American Race Team. Its 550bhp, 4,496cc double overhead camshaft V12 made this the fastest car Ferrari had ever built to date, capable of 235mph plus. The car took a 2nd place victory at Daytona in 1971 and participated in 24hrs of Le Mans, 12hrs of Sebring, 1000kms of Buenos Aires and Donnybrook. 1006 found a succession of caring owners shortly after its competitive career ended. It remains the single most original and unmolested 512S ever completed and certainly one of the finest examples out of four original “S” configuration cars remaining in the world. (Estimate available on request)
RM Auctions’ Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction will be held in the Monterey Conference Center adjacent to the elegant Portola Plaza Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California. Activities are held on August 18, 19 & 20th with auction previews daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The auction sale times are Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Celebrating more than 25 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions, Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook and Pebble Beach Concours. For the latest information on this event and RM Auctions, Inc., please call toll-free (800) 211-4371, or visit the corporate web site at www.rmauctions.com
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