After a phenomenal end to 2017, RM Sotheby’s 2018 European auction calendar will open again in Paris with an auction offering that features stunning sports, racing, and performance lots, including a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy (photo Scott Pattenden (c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s), a one-of-five 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and a rare Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet.
Held during the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s has amassed more than 70 collector cars for its prestigious Paris sale on 7 February. The star of the auction is an exceptionally rare long-nose, alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. Benefitting from over forty years of single ownership in the United States, chassis no. 08069 has recently undergone a ground-up restoration, returning the matching-numbers car to its original factory colors of Argento Metallizatto over a Nero interior, whilst also boasting certification by Ferrari Classiche. One of a mere 60 alloy-bodied 275 GTBs ever made, and widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of the 1960s, this is one of the finest 275 examples to be offered for public sale (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000).
Lining up alongside the Ferrari is one of the rarest sports cars ever made, a 1954 OSCA 2000 S, chassis no. 2005. This example is one of five cars built and sports gorgeous Morelli coachwork. Winner of the 1954 12 hours of Messina and raced at a handful of other events in Italy, the OSCA benefits from a four-year restoration concluded in 2003 and is ready to be enjoyed and driven on road or track by a discerning new owner (Est. €875.000 – €975.000).
Dirk de Jager (c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
At the other end of the rare collector car spectrum is a 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet. One of just nine left-hand-drive examples made of a mere 14 that ever left the Porsche Exclusive factory, chassis no. 8509 has been carefully used and has covered just 32,000 km from new. A unique and appealing mix of narrow-bodied ‘993’ Carrera bodyshell and ‘964’ Turbo running gear, this drop-top Porsche was a special edition, paired with a desirable ‘G50’ manual gearbox and, unlike the production 911 Turbos of the era, is rear-wheel drive. This example is the second-to-last car ever made and is fitted with a unique electric clutch produced by RUF and installed by Porsche Exclusive. It comes with a comprehensive history file, and a fresh service (Est. €625.000 – €725.000).
Dirk de Jager (c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
Joining the recently announced ‘no-reserve’ 2005 Maserati MC12 and 1992 Ferrari F40 are additional iconic supercars, including a rare Italian-delivered and registered 2014 McLaren P1. Finished in a unique paint-to-sample Porsche Grauschwartz 7A1 Gloss with Rocket Red Pinstripes by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) team – a €100.000 cost when it was ordered – the P1 has covered just 6,000 km by its sole owner (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000). It is featured alongside a prototype 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS with unique factory modifications, including a twin tank single filler system, a carbon fibre engine cover, and a revised gear selector (est. €850.000 – €1.100.000). Rounding out the modern era supercar line-up is a one-of-150, two-owner 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 in a rare colour combination of Titanium over Blue Alcantara.
(c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
And for less ‘money, money, money’ than you might imagine, the sale also features a rakish 1977 BMW 633 CSi once owned by Polar Music, the record company of ABBA—Swedish super group of the 1970s. The car was purchased new to be used by Björn Ulvaeus, an avid BMW fan, as well as fellow band member Benny Andersson, and will be sold without reserve at the Paris sale (Est. €25.000 – €35.000). Joining it is an Italian-delivered 2001 BMW Z8, which is offered from its single private owner, a successful Italian touring car driver, and has covered just 28,500 km from new (Est.€180.000 – €240.000).
Scott Pattenden (c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
Meanwhile, ahead of next year’s deliveries of the new Alpine A110, RM has secured a pair of Alpine-Renault A110s for its Paris sale; a 1974 A110 B ‘Team Vialle Autogas’ and a 1974 A110 1600 S. The former, a highly successful example, was driven by Piet Kruythof in 1977/8 in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and has been restored by its current long-term owner with historic racing in mind. The A110 1600 S participated in the 1975 Targa Florio before being placed in storage until 2000. It has since been restored and is ready to drive and enjoy, be it in vintage racing or on the open road. Both cars are exceptional examples with fascinating competition histories and carry pre-sale estimates of €140.000- €180.000 and €130.000- €140.000 respectively.
Tom Gidden (c) 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s
Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.
RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With more than 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from private treaty sales and auctions to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions.
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