To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$11,000,000 - $13,000,000 One-off custom, built exclusively for Lilian, Princess of R thy, the royal lady of BelgiumRetains its matching-numbers engine and gearboxDisplayed at the Ferrari 50th Anniversary meet, Cavallino Classic, and Pebble Beach Concours d EleganceComprehensive restoration completed in 1997Current long-term 20-year ownershipExquisite example of a unique coachbuilt Ferrari prepared for royaltyBUILT FOR ROYALTYDespite the fact that Ferrari utilized numerous carrozzerias during its first decade of production, early Maranello bodywork was usually determined by the factory rather than by the pre-war practice of selling rolling chassis to customers who then handpicked their preferred coachbuilder, a la Rolls-Royce and Bugatti. But certain preferred clients still retained input into their Ferrari s final appearance, and accordingly some very special one-offs were built during this period for customers on the par of the Aga Khan and Gianni Agnelli.One such client was the Princess Lilian de R thy, a Belgian commoner who became entwined in the house of Saxe-Colburg and Gotha, the country s royal family. Princess Lilian was born as Marie-Lilien Baels, the daughter of a prominent lawyer and industrialist, and in 1939 she was hired as a governess to the three children of King Leopold III, who was a widower following the Queen s untimely death in 1935.In what must have been a fairy-tale romance shadowed by the clouds of war, Miss Baels became a personal favorite of the King, but the family s life was soon thrown into upheaval by the onset of World War II. Leopold was head of the Belgian armed forces and was forced to capitulate in the face of the German blitzkrieg (holding out long enough, however, to contribute to the now legendary salvation of the British forces stranded at Dunkirk). In 1941, while the royal family remained prisoners in their homeland, the King married Miss Baels in a private religious ceremony, and she was titled the Princess Lilian de R thy (the title of queen was not permitted under the circumstances of her non-royal lineage).Upon the resumption of civilian life after the war, King Leopold once again began to indulge his love for sports and luxury cars, and in 1953 he acquired a Pinin Farina-bodied Ferrari 342 America (chassis no. 0234 AL), which the princess undoubtedly drove, as well. The royal couple s importance as preferred Maranello customers increased over the years, taking a big step with the King s 1955 purchase of chassis no. 0488 AM, the last of eight 375 Plus examples built, and the only one finished as a road car with Pinin Farina cabriolet coachwork.From the admiration later expressed in his book My Great Joys, it was clear that Enzo Ferrari held King Leopold in high esteem: He seemed to me to be a man who would have made a good engineer, a man gifted in technique and who bitterly regretted not ever having been able to follow his inclination. . . . At the wheel, I found him courageous and able to confront danger with resolution and skill. The relationship between Il Commendatore and Princess de R thy was truly sealed, however, during the 1955 racing season, when Pirelli unceremoniously announced that it would no longer provide tires to Ferrari. As Ferrari s racing budget was not funneled from road car sales, but rather depended on materials from sponsoring suppliers, the withdrawal of the tire company in mid-season was nothing short of disastrous. To Enzo Ferrari s great fortune, he happened to mention the scenario to Princess Lilian and she quickly made an inquiry with the Belgian tire company Englebert, which began sending fresh rubber to Maranello that very night. The relationship proved to be quite fruitful, as Englebert tires eventually came to be mounted on a great many of the era s important competition Ferraris.Given the Princess s facilitation of a fresh tire supplier for the Scuderia, it was only appropriate that upon ordering a Ferrari coupe in early 1957 she was afforded something truly unique. The series coachbuild of Ferrari 250 GT coupes was at that time contracted to Carrozzeria Boano, so it was a singular choice to dispatch her car to Pinin Farina for one-off coupe coachwork, but the royal couple clearly had a predilection for the designer s work.THE PRINCESS SPECIALEChassis no. 0751 GT was the second of three Ferrari Speciales that the Princess eventually acquired. In early September the type 508 C chassis arrived at Pinin Farina s workshop, and the coachbuilder soon crafted a distinctive body that employed elements of concurrent Ferrari designs while presaging the forthcoming series-built Pinin Farina coupe. The Speciale s long nose featured covered headlamps like the 250 GT Tour de France racing berlinettas of the time, while the front fenders were notable for large chromed and louvered vents, reminiscent of those found on the California Spider. Further, bumperettes, nose, and hood scoop treatments borrowed touches from the recently released Series I cabriolets. The coupe s overall proportions and stance, particularly the rear glass and fender treatment, would soon be integrated on the series-based 250 GT Pinin Farina coupes that went into production by the year s end.Finished in Grigio Fumo Max Meyer and trimmed with naturale Connolly Vaumol leather, the one-off coupe was delivered to the Princess de R thy at her Waterloo home in January 1958, and registered with Belgian diplomatic tags. Nearly 10 years later the Princess ordered a third coachbuilt Ferrari based on a 330 GTC, and in consequence she sought to bequeath the 250 GT Speciale to a worthy successor. As part of her charitable work around the country Princess de R thy sponsored a cardio-vascular specialty hospital, and on one particular visit to the establishment she met a visiting American surgeon named Michael De Bakey. Dr. De Bakey s brother Ernest (another doctor who received much more attention a decade later for performing surgery on the Shah of Iran) happened to be visiting as well, and when it became known that all three were Ferrari enthusiasts, the Princess insisted that Dr. Ernest De Bakey accept the 250 GT Coupe Speciale from her as a gift.Despite Dr. De Bakey s attempt to politely refuse the gift, he found a bill of lading waiting for him upon return to his home in Mobile, Alabama, and by the end of 1967 the Ferrari was unloaded at port in New Orleans from the freighter Witmarsum, as depicted by a period photograph. In 1968, the doctor sold the 250 GT to Dr. John Ochsner, the founder of an eponymous clinic in New Orleans, and he modified the wheels to 15-in. units, and installed disc brakes.In 1970, the Pinin Farina coupe was acquired by the well-known dealer and collector Kirk White of Philadelphia, and by the end of the year he sold the car to John Delamater of Indianapolis. Briefly passing to Ken Hutchinson of Tower Lake, Illinois, the Speciale was re-acquired by Delamater, who then began a restoration in conjunction with Alan Powell of Mishawaka, Indiana.In July 1973, the Ferrari was sold to Norman Silver, the owner of Silver Craft Furniture, at which point the body remained unpainted and the engine required some work. Shortly thereafter, Silver sold it to Powell in January 1974, and he in turn sold it three years later to John Wilson Clinard of Farmington Hills, Michigan.Mr. Clinard s ensuing seven years of ownership marked an upturn in the car s fortunes. An executive for the Ford Motor Company, Clinard initially undertook a cosmetic freshening, repainting the exterior in rosso and re-trimming the interior with beige leather. He also retained the esteemed marque expert John Hajduk to rebuild the engine as needed. The owner was a fixture in the Ferrari s documentation, as well, eventually connecting with owners past and future to help establish a written record of the car s ownership history.In 1984, Clinard sold the 250 GT to John Carmack of Carmel, Indiana, who retained possession through the end of the decade. Passing to the respected New York-based Ferrari collector Anthony Wang in 1991, the Speciale was purchased five years later by Gregory Noblet, son of the better-known French racing driver Pierre Noblet. Noblet sold the Ferrari in 1997 to the esteemed Philippe Lancksweert, a former partner of Jacques Swaters at the Garage Francorchamps in Belgium, and he commissioned Bachelli & Villa of Bastiglia to conduct a full cosmetic restoration, including a high-quality refinish in grigio metallizzato (metallic grey) paint, and re-appointment of the interior in beige leather. Autofficina SAURO in Bologna was retained to perform much of the mechanical refurbishment. Following completion of this work, the Speciale was presented at the Ferrari 50th Anniversary meet at Rome and Maranello in May 1997.By the end of 1997 Mr. Lancksweert sold the 250 GT to dealer and enthusiast Todd Morici of Clifton, New Jersey. After displaying the Ferrari at the Cavallino Classic in January 1998, Morici sold the car to the current owner, where it continued to be domiciled in the U.S., even being presented in the Pininfarina class at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance. Now offered for the first time in 20 years, this phenomenal 250 GT Coupe Speciale offers extreme rarity and the illustrious provenance of ownership by royalty. As such a unique and significant one-off, the car has been featured in numerous factory journals and enthusiast books, including Angelo Tito Ansel
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$50,000 - $70,000 One of the last FJ25 Land Cruisers builtStoried service in Costa Rica on coffee and banana plantationsSuperb restoration by renowned Land Cruiser restorerGorgeous original color combination of Lily White over CoralIn 1955, Toyota refined its basic BJ model to appeal to a wider market than Japan s National Police. The BJ25 was launched as the point vehicle to extend the marque into a global civilian market. The B-type motor was then replaced by the F series, a six-cylinder engine producing 105 hp. The new Land Cruiser became known as the FJ25. In 1958, the Land Cruiser came to the U.S. and quickly became a popular feature among off-road enthusiasts.This short wheelbase, all-wheel-drive, soft-top version is one of the very last FJ25 models ever produced. It was originally sold to a banana plantation in Costa Rica where it served for over 40 years, before it was purchased by a coffee farmer and remained in Central America until 2017, when it was acquired by the current owner. Imported Stateside, this matching-numbers FJ25 underwent a 12-month, frame-off restoration by Elite Land Cruisers of Katy, Texas.Superb in every aspect, this FJ25 was redressed in its original Lily White with period-correct Coral vinyl upholstery on the front split bench and rear jump seats. The frame was blasted and painted black, and all exterior components were refurbished or replaced. The driveline, four-speed manual gearbox, hubs, brakes, differentials, and transfer case were professionally restored, and the electric harness, fuse box, and connectors replaced. The original 3.9-liter F 135 inline six-cylinder engine was rebuilt using hydraulic cylinder honing and engine crank blueprinting to the original specifications. This exceptional Land Cruiser comes with the unique FJ25 steel wheels painted to match the body, a new olive-grey canvas top with soft doors and zip closure windows, plus a restored tool kit.This final production model is not only stunning to behold, but an entertaining drive, ready for its next adventure on the open road or preferably off-road. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Offered from the Youngtimer CollectionComplete with original Fahrzeug-Daten, 1969 German registration, and service bookDescribed as the greatest sedan in the world upon introductionPowered by Mercedes-Benz s venerable 6.3-litre engine, the 300 SEL was certainly worthy of the three-pointed star. An engine born and bred on the race track, it could catapult a car that weighed nearly two tons to a top speed of over 130 mph and to 60 mph from a dead stop in under seven seconds respectable numbers for modern automobiles and an extraordinary feat for a luxury saloon in 1969. Adored with the finest luxury fitments of the time, this was a car for those who were looking for the very best. Ordered in Stuttgart, this 300 SEL 6.3 Saloon retains a copy of its original data card, which lists a host of desirable options. Fitted with heat-insulating glass, front safety-belts, electrically heated rear window and air conditioning, this Mercedes-Benz would have been an absolute luxury to drive. The data card also reveals that the 300 SEL remains in its original colour of Beige, with a dark brown interior a subtle colour combination that highlights the elegance of this particular model. Offered with a host of original documents, including the original German Kraftfahrzeugbrif stamped from Stuttgart and a well-stamped service book, this 300 SEL would serve as an excellent show car or daily driver.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Highly original example; rare automatic transmissionPrevious long-term ownership for over 35 yearsRetains its original engine; only 85,000 original milesIncludes original manuals, tool kit and jackThis highly original 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 c sedan is one of few delivered with an automatic gearbox a particularly rare option. Desirably finished in black with a red leather interior, the 300 C was sold new to W. L. Jay of New York. From the 1970s, the car belonged to the proprietor of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Princeton, New Jersey, and was often displayed in the showroom. While visiting the dealership, the Mercedes was seen by an enthusiast, Dinos Constantouris. Constantouris had fond memories of a similar such 300 he often saw as a young man on Cyprus. It left such an impression on him that once he could afford one, he only ever drove a Mercedes-Benz. Constantouris spent several years trying to buy the 300 c and finally, in 1981, the service manager, Bob Mallon, called and offered him the car. He would then own the car for over 35 years.Acquired in 2017 by the current owner, and imported to Europe, the 300 c has recently benefited from some mechanical attention and minor sorting. Today it shows just 85,000 miles and is thought to retain its factory finishes throughout. As a testament to the car s originality, under both front and rear seats one will find the factory chalk markings indicating the body number. Upon close inspection, numerous, original factory details can be found throughout. This Mercedes-Benz is complete with the original owner s manual, original service book, pouch and Becker radio documentation as well as the jack and original tool kit. The service confirms that the car also retains its original engine.This lovingly preserved 300 c sedan is likely one of the finest original examples surviving today.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$1,200,000 - $1,400,000 One of the most iconic sports cars of all timeFeatures early bolt-on wheel arch eyebrows with body color weltingAttractively aged and well maintainedIncludes set of fitted luggageMercedes-Benz won the Carrera Panamericana in 1952 with a W194 300 SL coupe driven by Karl Kling. The number one importer of European brand cars into the U.S. at the time was Max Hoffman, based in New York City. Mercedes-Benz racing success prompted Hoffman to approach the company with the idea of using the tube frame of the W194, along with its high-performance three-liter engine and unique roof-hinged doors to create a road car based on it. It was a radical proposal, but Hoffman had a highly developed sense for the U.S. market and backed up his suggestion with his checkbook. He placed an order for a thousand luxury high-performance coupes based on a more refined version of the W194.What Hoffman proposed was a relatively direct transformation of the multi-tube framed W194, retaining its roof-hinged doors, tall, wide sills, 45-degree canted triple-carbureted single overhead camshaft inline six, and fully independent suspension with more civilized accoutrements. The engineers at Mercedes-Benz improved the car further with the addition of the first direct mechanical fuel-injection system ever offered in a production automobile. Introduced at the February 1954 New York Auto Show, the 300 SL was enthusiastically received by the public and the automotive press.The sensational curved doors of the 300 SL soon brought it the nickname Gullwing, which has stuck for well over half a century and been mimicked by many lesser automobiles hoping to emulate the 300 SL s mystique. The body design was refined for the street and added eyebrow moldings over the wheel wells to signal an association with Mercedes-Benz s later race cars. The driving position, steering wheel location, controls, and instruments visibility were carefully refined by Mercedes-Benz engineers to make the driving experience of the 300 SL most rewarding.Mercedes-Benz would go on to produce 1,400 300 SL Gullwings over the next three years. The majority were sold through Max Hoffman in North America, validating both the reality of his vision and returning many times over the confidence he showed in backing its development.Documents reveal that this 300 SL, chassis no. 5500154, was originally delivered in March 1955 to Brussels, Belgium. This car is somewhat unusual in that it is equipped with a number of features that were primarily found on the earlier 1954 models, but as the changes were gradual, some 1955 cars were built with earlier features. Most notable for this car are the bolt-on wheel arch eyebrows with body color welting, as the later style were welded in place and the seams filled with lead. This car also features the early-type Bendix Treadle-Vac brake booster, and it is optioned with items such as bumper guards, Becker radio, and SWF windscreen washer. Other desirable accessories include fitted luggage and dual Hella reversing lights.According to the Mercedes-Benz data card and the 300 SL Registry, 5500154 was originally finished in DB180 silver-grey over a blue fabric interior. Importantly, it retains its original engine, no. 5500154. Little is known of the car s earliest history in Belgium, though records indicate that in the 1970s it was registered to Mr. Richard H. Grant of Dayton, Ohio. A copy of Mr. Grant s title shows he purchased the SL in 1975 from Herbert E. Von Fragstein, also of Dayton. Mr. Grant owned the SL for a number of years, and it is believed that during his stewardship, the 300 SL was cosmetically restored and the color changed to DB534 Red, which was a factory-offered color. Grant ultimately sold the Gullwing in 1993, when it joined the collection of the next long-term owner, where it has remained until recently.The interior was restored some time ago using factory-style natural tan leather and correct-type square-weave carpeting, all of which presents in good condition. It includes fitted luggage, a side window storage pouch, original-type Becker radio, and correct original ivory Bakelite steering wheel. Driven sparingly in recent years, it has been properly maintained and possesses a faint but charmingly elegant patina. Original chrome bumpers wear optional over-riders which, along with the rest of the brightwork, remain in very good order both front and rear. Wheels are the correct factory original bolt-on magnesium/alloy wrapped in Avon Turbosteel tires and fitted with correct color-keyed hubcaps. This legendary Mercedes-Benz is ideally suited for rallies, touring, or club events. The 300 SL Gullwing is widely considered one of the cars every collector must own and experience. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$1,100,000 - $1,250,000 Finished in its stunning original colors of Graphite Grey over red leatherRetains its original matching-numbers engineRestored by CB Restorations in 2009Sparingly driven since, though properly maintained and exercisedIncludes tool set and spare tireThe introduction of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was a hugely important moment for Mercedes-Benz and served to further cement the company s position as the market leader in race-bred, performance automobiles. Massively ahead of its time, the 300 SL utilized an innovative space-frame chassis coupled with a highly advanced, fuel-injected engine, the first of its kind fitted to a production car. It was crowned the fastest performance car in the world upon its introduction and could handedly outrun any other car on sale at the time.The car was conceived by American Mercedes-Benz importer Max Hoffman, who believed that a road-legal version of Mercedes-Benz s successful W194 racer would be profitable and that the unique style and performance of such a car would resonate well with his American clients. Mercedes-Benz took Hoffman up on his idea, and so it was only natural that the new 300 SL would premiere at the New York Auto Show in 1954. The 300 SL coupe quickly earned the nickname Gullwing for its distinctive roof-hinged doors, and the public fell in love with the car, not only for its breathtaking design, but also for its earth-shattering performance.Looking to expand upon his success with the Gullwing coupe, Hoffman thought that a convertible version of the 300 SL would also sell quite well, and the 300 SL Roadster was introduced in 1957. Of course, as the 300 SL would lose its top, engineers had to reinforce and modify the space-frame chassis to fit conventionally hinged doors. Through lowering the height of the chassis, this simultaneously allowed for greater ease of entry. Cosmetic changes were minor and included a smaller grille opening and dual chrome strips along the side sills, giving the car a more streamlined and glamorous look. At the rear, the spare tire was repositioned below the trunk floor, necessitating a smaller fuel tank but also maintaining reasonable luggage space. These revisions to the roadster added some 250 lbs. to the total weight of the car, mostly due to the convertible top.Looking to keep the speed and performance of the closed 300 SL for the new roadster despite its gain in weight, Mercedes-Benz fitted the more sporting NSL engine of the coupe to all roadsters as standard equipment. This made the roadster capable of top speeds that ranged from 133 to 155 mph, depending on the final drive ratio specified. However, the stunning performance and design of the 300 SL Roadster did not come cheap, at a list price of $11,000; but it was worth every penny. Ownership of a 300 SL implied an exquisite taste in engineering and aesthetics, and it was the ultimate automotive statement. Naturally, many found homes in the garages of celebrities, racing drivers, and other successful individuals with an appreciation for fine automobiles.This beautiful roadster was originally finished in very desirable Graphite Grey over a red leather interior, the same combination it sports today. The Gull Wing Group s Roadster Register notes the first owner as Donald J.G. Leek of Hammonton, North Dakota. In 1974, the 300 SL passed to Arthur S. Kleimer of Edison, New Jersey, at which point the roadster is noted as having been repainted blue. Kleimer retained the roadster for over two decades before selling it to Russell Moran in Wheatridge, Colorado, in 1998. Moran then sold the car shortly thereafter to John P. Herrlin in Mendham. At this time the car was noted as having been refinished in red. Herrlin maintained the 300 SL for approximately 10 years before it was acquired by CB Restorations, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, on behalf of the current owner. CB Restorations proceeded to completely restore the car, including refinishing the SL in its original and arresting color combination of Graphite Grey and red leather interior. Since completion, the roadster has been sparingly used though routinely and properly maintained while stored in their private collection. The owner notes that they have driven their roadster for approximately 1,000 miles since acquiring it in 2009. However, it has always been maintained in a climate-controlled facility and properly serviced and exercised as needed. Included with the car is a correct reproduction tool set and spare wheel and tire. The 300 SL Roadster has become every bit as desirable as its famous Gullwing sibling, and similarly to the Jaguar E-Type, no enthusiast s stable is complete without one. This very early example, long treasured by enthusiasts and maintained as an excellent driver, would be an ideal acquisition for the lady or gentleman who thrills in the sport of driving.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$140,000 - $160,000 Rare American Italian sports carOlder restoration that continues to present wonderfullyOne of only 90 produced from 1962 1965The Apollo was a short-lived American automobile company that produced cars from 1962 to 1965. The cars were engineered by Milt Brown who sought to create an American GT to compete with the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, and even Ferrari. It featured a design by Ron Plescia and Franco Scaglione. The coachwork was done in Italy, carried out by Frank Reisner s Carrozzeria Intermeccanica. Upon completion, the Apollos were shipped to the U.S. for final assembly by Brown s International Motor Cars of Oakland, California. The Apollo featured breathtaking Italian coachwork with a ladder type tubular steel frame and powered by a reliable American powerplant. The 3500 GT was powered by a Buick 3.5-liter V-8 engine and the later 5000 GT models receiving the 4.9-liter V-8. As with many other independent firms, financial difficulties proved too much, and the company ceased production in 1965, having built only 90 cars.This 1963 Apollo 3500 GT, chassis no. 1004, is a very early production model and is believed to have been delivered new to the West Coast. Presented in a deep burgundy, it shows in excellent condition, wearing an older lovely restoration. The car rides on gorgeous, polished alloy Borrani wheels, wrapped in period-correct Michelin X radial tires. It is powered by a Buick 3.5-liter V-8 engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, and is very well presented under the hood.The Apollo cabin is remarkably comfortable, with room for two and generous luggage capacity. This example s interior remains faithful to the original, with door cards, interior panels, and headlining upholstered in the factory-correct heavy-grain vinyl. The dash and seats are trimmed in black leather and floors covered with high-quality Wilton carpet. The Jaeger tachometer and speedometer are ideally situated ahead of the driver, while auxiliary dials are arranged neatly in the center of the dash giving it a classic layout. A wood-rimmed steering wheel completes the interior.The Apollo s powerful and reliable Buick running gear paired with its breathtaking Italian coachwork combine to create a genuinely outstanding GT, one worthy of taking on the thoroughbred counterparts from Europe.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$280,000 - $340,000 Desirable early production example with three twin-coke Weber carburetorsSympathetic restoration of a very original carElegant coachwork by Carrozzeria TouringStrikingly attractive color schemeMaserati had built a highly successful reputation in the racing world; however, their success was not without a price. By the mid-1950s, the cost of maintaining a factory race team was straining the small company s bank account. Wanting to refocus their efforts on road cars that would earn a potential profit, the factory racing program was temporarily put on hold in 1958. Though they would continue to support privateers.Development of Maserati s first purpose-built road car, the 3500 GT, took place starting in 1956. Introduced at the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, the first few completed cars were delivered at the very end of 1957. Featuring an elegant 2+2 design by Guilio Alfieri, the Superleggara hand-formed aluminum over tubular frame coachwork was created by Carrozzeria Touring. Maserati s 3,500-cc race-bred engine was converted to wet sump and tuned for street use. The 3500 GT was a success, and the handsome grand touring car helped the company turn a profit, staying in production until 1964 after a little under 2,000 coupes were made, paving the way for the great GT models for years to come.According to Maserati Classiche, this example was produced on 25 July 1959, finished in the attractive grey-green color of Grigio Verde and delivered to Milan. Two California brothers acquired the car in the 1970s, intending to use it as a driver. However, a problem with transmission resulted in the car being parked, stored in a garage for over three decades. By 2009, the brothers decided it was time for a proper restoration. Driven sparingly and kept in dry storage, the Touring coachwork was in excellent original condition with no significant corrosion or damage. Brian Moore Restoration stripped and painted the car in its current elegant blue color. The gearbox was shipped to ZF in Germany for final assembly and testing before being reunited with the rebuilt engine, and the braking system, suspension, and ancillary systems rebuilt as well. Upgraded and improved insulation, stainless steel exhaust, a period-correct Autovox radio, and Koni shocks were also installed. The interior was beautifully reupholstered with Wilton carpets. Many original and unrestored features were retained wherever possible, including the distinctive quilted trunk liner.This attractive and sporting Italian 3500 GT is ideally suited for concours exhibition, rallies, and touring, embodying the style and elegance that only Italian sports cars of this era possess.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$2,800,000 - $3,200,000 Ferrari Classiche certified; matching numbers throughoutRare and stunning color combination of Blue Sera over Pelle BleuRecent full service completed by Rare Drive One of only 330 examplesTHE FOUR CAMSome would argue that the 275 GTB boasts the best design ever penned for a production Ferrari berlinetta. The car is perfectly proportioned, with a long hood line and a short yet spacious boot, just one look at it is enough to make enthusiasts go weak at the knees. But, if the 275 GTB was the best-looking berlinetta, then the 275 GTB/4 was definitely the best iteration to drive and enjoy.The GTB/4, introduced in 1966, added little to the already brilliant design of Ferrari s 275 simply exterior-mounted and chromed rear trunk hinges and a slight bulge in the hood. However, it was that bulge that hinted at the updates underneath. Namely it was the addition of a second overhead camshaft to each cylinder bank, making the 275 GTB/4 the first Ferrari road car to boast dual overhead camshafts. This provided the already potent V-12 engine with an additional 20 hp.With only 330 examples produced before Ferrari transitioned to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the Four-Cam s rarity, looks, and spectacular driving characteristics make it one of the most celebrated grand touring Ferraris of all time, and a must-have for any collection.CHASSIS NUMBER 10051This 275 GTB/4 was delivered new in July 1967 to the proprietor of Tecnotele S.p.A, a Milan-based company. The car was finished new in the unique but striking color combination of Blue Ferrari (20-A-185) over Pelle Bleu (VM 3015), colors seldom seen on Ferraris both then and today. This Four Cam remained in Italy for the following six years, before it was imported to the U.S. by Bart J. McMullen, a Ferrari enthusiast and resident of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Chassis 10051 would then move to Greenfield, Indiana, with its second American owner, Jerry D. Leonard, with whom it shared garage space with another 275 GTB/4, chassis 10675. It was noted that during this time the car was driven regularly by Leonard during the warmer months of the year. The car subsequently changed ownership, and by August 1976, it was described as being blue with blue leather, wire wheels, and super low mileage. The car was purchased later that year by Jim Hunter, a Ferrari enthusiast and the co-owner of FAF Motorcars, which was, at that time, the official Ferrari dealership in Atlanta, Georgia. Hunter sold the car in 1982, but it would remain in the Atlanta area, as it was purchased by another local collector, Bruce Vineyard, who owned several Ferraris, including a Daytona Spider and a 512 BB LM. Vineyard drove and enjoyed the car, always ensuring that it was properly maintained and serviced.After many happy years of driving and enjoying this GTB/4, Mr. Vineyard decided in the late 1990s that the car deserved a complete and no-expense-spared restoration. He commissioned Mike Gourley s Continental Coachworks to manage the project, and they contracted the mechanical work to FAF (now known as Ferrari of Atlanta) and the cosmetic details to Charlie Kemp s Ferrari South. The restoration took five years, and when it came time to select colors, Mr. Vineyard opted to go with Giallo Fly over a Nero interior. Chassis no. 10051 remained in Mr. Vineyard s stable for several more years, until he finally decided to part with the car after nearly 25 years of ownership.In the spring of 2008, chassis no. 10051 was purchased by Larry Alderson, who subsequently showed the car at both the Concorso Italiano and the 2009 Dana Point Concours d Elegance, where the car won Best in Class. In 2011, the car was refinished to its current and original Pelle Bleu interior, with a Blue Sera exterior, which is a stunning period-correct Ferrari hue that is very similar to 10051 s original Blue Ferrari finish. Following the completion of this cosmetic restoration, the car was shown once again at the Dana Point Concours d Elegance in June 2011, where it won 1st in Class yet again and was also voted Best Closed Design.The car was purchased in August 2011, joining the well-known Pinnacle Portfolio collection. During its time in the collection, the car was regularly exercised and attained the desirable Classiche certification from Ferrari; its accompanying red binder confirms that it is matching numbers throughout. In 2015 the car was purchased by its current owner. Its restoration still presents extraordinarily well, and it would surely attract lots of attention at FCA and concours events, as it has in the past. Under current ownership the car has been thoroughly enjoyed and well maintained, benefitting from new carpets and a recent full service completed by Rare Drive. The car retains its manuals and tools, as well as a proper jack.As captivating to drive as it is to behold, the 275 GTB/4 is truly one of the greatest grand touring berlinettas ever built. It stirs the soul not only with its stunning design but also with its fabulous V-12 engine. Chassis no. 10051 is a remarkable example, as it retains all of its original mechanical components, as certified by Ferrari Classiche, boasts known ownership from new, and is finished in a unique color scheme seldom seen in today s market. The 275 GTB/4 is among the most desirable of the road-going Ferraris and arguably the most attractive. Today, it is safe to say this car, chassis 10051, remains one of the finest examples of the 330 that Ferrari produced.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$100,000 - $125,000 One of 5,793 Super Eights built for 1937Documented restoration by Glenn Vaughan Restoration of IdahoClassic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic Eligible for all CARavans and club eventsPackard s 15th Series was introduced on 3 September 1936. An incredible 50 models were available for 1937! Packard produced a record 109,518 cars, a number the company had never attained before, nor would ever achieve again. Ninety percent of its sales, however, were concentrated within its lower-priced Junior lines the new Six and 120 models. Just 5,793 Super Eights were produced for 1937, which included independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes for the first time. Packards continued to be owned by notables like Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Jean Harlow, Al Jolson, Dick Powell, Irene Dunne, and President Franklin Roosevelt.This Packard Super Eight is finished in Regatta Blue over a light grey fabric interior. Power is supplied by a smooth 135-hp 320-cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission. Restoration was reportedly completed in the early 2000s under the previous owner and done by Glenn Vaughn Restoration of Idaho. It has been in the possession of the consignor for the last 10 or so years, and he is believed to be just the third owner. In addition to having been repainted during restoration, the interior was re-fitted with lovely grey upholstery and door panels replete with matching carpets and headliner. The engine and gearbox are said to have been rebuilt at the time of restoration. The odometer was set to zero at the time and currently shows just 700 miles confirmed by the clean underhood area and undercarriage. A factory radio is installed, as well, although currently inoperative. Photo documentation of the restoration is provided and receipts for any work done by the consignor are available for review.As a CCCA Full Classic, it is eligible for all CARavans and club events. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$2,200,000 - $2,500,000 Offered from the famed Skip Barber CollectionFerrari Classiche certified; original engine and gearbox71st of only 100 rare and exclusive examples producedEquipped rare optional factory air conditioning Includes Classiche Red Book and manualsShowing only 33,750 original kmIn 1966 the 330 GTS debuted at the 1966 Geneva auto show. Enzo Ferrari wanted to create a new model that would fit between the sporting 275 GTB and the grand touring-oriented 330 GT 2+2, calling once again on Enzo s preferred automotive clothier, Pininfarina. The 330 GTC would utilize the chassis of the former and the engine of the latter, creating a comfortable yet still sporty two-seat experience. Sergio Pininfarina, working with his engineer brother-in-law Renzo Carli, created an elegant design that incorporated many successful elements from past designs. The new model borrowed the tail of the 275 GTS in its entirety, a nose modeled on that of the 500 Superfast, and front fenders from the 330 GT 2+2. The resulting 330 GTC personified elegance, style, and speed in the great Italian tradition of sporting automobiles.Following the 300 GTC introduction, Ferrari unveiled the GTC s open-air variant, the exclusive, GTS spider. As with the 330 GTC and the 275 GTS, the new 330 GTS featured the same mechanical layout that included a fully independent suspension, four-wheel Girling disc brakes, a rigid torque-tube driveline, five-speed transaxle, and Campagnolo alloy wheels or optional classic Borrani wire wheels, if the customer preferred. Lurking under the sleek hood was the Ferrari s famous four-liter, twin-cam V-12, delivering a genuine 300 bhp at 6,600 rpm to answer its driver s beck and call. All these components deliver a symphony of power, propelling the Italian thoroughbred to speeds approaching 150 mph, making it one of the fastest open two-seat sports cars of its time.This stunning 1967 330 GTS was purchased new by Warren Heller, an American living in Paris. Heller took delivery of the car at the Ferrari factory and drove it back to France. Heller enjoyed the 330 GTS for many years until it was reported stolen in Paris in the summer of 1981. In 1983 it surfaced in Southern Florida, where it was sold to an unsuspecting buyer. At the time it had been repainted a dark grey color and showed 19,000 km, according to the Ferrari Market Letter archive. Later the car was tracked down by Gerald Roush and Steve Barney who notified Heller of their discovery. By 1994, after more than a decade separated from its original owner, the GTS and Heller were reunited in Paris. Heller died in 1999 and passed it to his estate, who sold it to Frank Gallogly of Englewood, New Jersey. Gallogly commissioned a high-quality repaint of the car, selecting the attractive deep red color the car wears today. In 2000 it showed only 26,151 original kilometers when it was acquired by Skip Barber, who added it to his carefully procured collection. Mr. Barber has driven the 330 GTS sparingly, but regularly, keeping this classic Ferrari always serviced, properly sorted, and ready to drive and fully functional, including the rare, original factory-installed air conditioning system. The car is currently showing only 33,750 original kilometers. The well-preserved original black interior, replete with three-spoke wood steering wheel, fine wood veneer dash trim, and classic white on black Veglia instruments, welcome the driver into a comfortable place of old-world craftsmanship and elegance. A black soft top complements the interior. Accompanying are a Ferrari Classiche certification, service receipts, and manuals.The 71st car out of just 100 examples produced, this rare, powerful, well-preserved 330 GTS is ideally suited for the Ferrari enthusiast that enjoys spirited driving as well as FCA events.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Amelia Island event, 9 March 2019. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$175,000 - $250,000 Recently completed comprehensive restorationUpdated with modern Mercedes-Benz drivetrain, suspension, and brakes Stunning triple-black color schemeAccompanied by soft top and Pagoda hardtopIf ever there was a sheep in wolf s clothing, this 1970 280 SL is it. Lurking under the skin of this striking triple-black classic is a contemporary Mercedes-Benz drivetrain that transforms this car s performance from pedestrian to exciting. The current owner of this 280 SL desired the power and handling capabilities of a late-model Mercedes-Benz without altering the original classic esthetics. To this end, the car was brought to a Mercedes-Benz specialist to merge the old with the new. The project started with a complete disassembly of the 280 SL and the acquisition of a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430. Much more than just an engine swap, the transformation of this car s modern mechanical metamorphosis took over two years to complete. The original inline 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 168-hp engine was removed and replaced with the CLK 430 s powerful 4.3-liter, 24-valve V-8 producing 275 hp at 5,750 rpm and 295 foot-pounds of torque delivering power to a five-speed automatic transmission. The suspension system was significantly upgraded, including utilizing the rear sub-frame of the 430 CLK and related suspension components. In an effort to retain the original look of the 280 SL, a set of custom-made 16-in. rims were created, allowing the use of the factory wheel covers while making use of the 430 CLK s effective four-wheel disk brakes. The refurbished interior features sumptuous black leather, modern air-conditioning, and Bluetooth-enabled stereo system that retains the classic look and feel of the 280 SL. Both the Pagoda removable hardtop and a soft top are included with the car.The result is an exceptional Mercedes-Benz that artfully blends the old-world charm of the original 1970 280 SL with the modern performance and reliability of a newer car. This uniquely crafted Mercedes-Benz is ideally suited for daily use, touring, and long-distance road trips that can be enjoyed in style, comfort, and confidence. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$175,000 - $225,000 Rare factory ZF five-speed manual gearboxRestored in 2008 at a cost of over $80,000Mechanically sorted in 2018, including new clutch and machined flywheelMercedes-Benz had a tough act to follow after it phased out its immortal tube-framed 300 SL in 1963. A new, unit-body model, designated the W113, appeared as the 230 SL in 1964 and continued through 1971 with the larger-engined 250 SL and 280 SL. This classic Paul Bracq-penned luxury two-seat touring convertible offered a modern and angular look, often accentuated with a tall, airy Pagoda hardtop that could be removed in fair weather. The 250 SL was both expensive and rare, with only 5,196 sold between 1966 and 1968.Mercedes-Benz was justifiably proud of this modern new car, declaring in period advertising that its road manners were superior to that of the 300 SL. The 250 SL stands a mere 4 ft., 4 in. high, yet overall width is almost six feet. Its track is so wide-stanced that those chubby 14-in. radial-ply tires seem to bulge out from the body sides to straddle the pavement. After discussing the fully independent suspension with its low-pivot rear swing axle borrowed from the 300 SLR, the ad goes on to declare that the 250 SL is only stretched to its peak when its speedometer needle nudged 124 mph. The 250 SL was offered with either a soft top, hardtop, or both.This 250 SL was originally delivered to France on 25 April 1967. The car left the factory finished in dark green with a light-yellow MB-Tex interior, black carpet, black soft top, and body-color hardtop with garnish moldings. Additionally, the car featured the rare five-speed ZF manual gearbox and 1:4.08 rear axle. It is currently presented in blue with a richer, metallic paint job over an attractive light beige interior. The transmission makes this car very special, as it is believed that only 882 Pagodas were fitted with five-speed ZF gearboxes in period.The French license plates accompanying the car are original from when it was in France. It is believed to have been originally purchased by a U.S. officer stationed there. When he returned stateside, he brought the car with him to Washington State. He later sold it to a friend who then sold it on to a collector in Fresno, California. Arriving in Fresno in 1990, the SL was used as a driver for many years before the decision was made to completely restore the 250 SL in 2008. The restoration took four years to complete at a cost of over $80,000; the work is documented in a binder of receipts that accompanies the car.In 2015, the 250 SL was purchased by a Portland, Oregon-based collector from Cooper Classic Cars in New York. While in Portland, it was serviced by Burback Motors Inc. and stored every winter. It was purchased by the current ownership in the summer of 2018 and has since been gone through mechanically. This included receiving a new clutch, and having the flywheel machined with the work completed by Coachwerks Restorations. Additionally, the 250 SL received a complete detail, polished in a three-stage process with the paint exhibiting a mirror finish.Proudly wearing the famed three-pointed star, this elegant 250 SL would be a perfect candidate for either the show field or spirited wind-in-the-hair weekend cruising.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$175,000 - $225,000 Matching-numbers examplePresented in beautiful light green over red The automotive world was turned upside down when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the 300 SL Gullwing coupe and 190 SL in prototype form at the New York International Motor Sports Show in February 1954. Both cars had been conceived by American auto importer Max Hoffmann to appeal to the growing appetite for fashionable sports cars in the U.S., and they were designed by Mercedes-Benz only after Hoffmann guaranteed to buy a sufficient number to justify production. While the Gullwing would figure in the dreams of schoolboys for years to come, it was the less expensive and more practical 190 SL, with its comfortable seats, well-tailored convertible top, and roll-up windows enveloped in lines that echoed those of the Gullwing, that promised something different from the sports cars coming from Europe. Both cars were in production by the end of 1955, and Grace Kelly was driving a silver 190 SL on the movie screen, with Frank Sinatra as her passenger in the movie High Society.According to the data card on file, this 190 SL was delivered to Capt. Richa of the 7th Army of Wurzburg, Germany, on 18 January 1960. Presumably an officer of the United States Army, Captain Richa ordered the 190 SL through the NATO affiliated dealership. Although delivered to Germany, due to his nationality, this model was originally a Special Version for the U.S., as noted on the data card. Originally delivered in Feurrot (DB 534) with ivory leather upholstery, the 190 SL now presents beautifully in Hellgrun over red leather. Presented in a beautiful and classic color scheme, this Mercedes-Benz 190 SL is primed and ready for its next owner.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Fort Lauderdale event, 29 - 30 March 2019. 390 hp, 427 cu. in. V-8 engineFour-speed manual transmissionPresented in Safari Yellow with black vinyl interiorAM/FM radioPower brakesCheck back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/fl19.
Price:$210,000 Very nicely presented examplePowered by the legendary Columbo V-12One of only 505 examples produced from 1971 1972Accompanied by Marcel Massini reportWith superb looks and a striking resemblance to the legendary Daytona, the 365 GTC/4 offers both exceptional comfort and stunning performance. With more cabin space due to its elongated chassis, the 365 GTC/4 can accommodate four passengers and their luggage and whisk them all away in quintessential Italian style. Impressively outfitted with ZF power steering, power brakes, a radio, and sumptuous Italian leather, the 365 GTC/4 was purpose-built to carry people across the continent at speed and in total comfort. One of only 505 examples produced from 1971 1972, this Ferrari is much rarer than both its predecessors.According to marque historian Marcel Massini, this 365 GTC/4, chassis no. 14969, was the 130th example built. It was delivered new to Bill Harrah s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, in U.S. specification and fitted with power windows, air conditioning, and instrumentation in miles. Though originally delivered in the eye-catching Verde Medio Niyinsky, it has been repainted in its current shade of Nero. The paint remains in excellent condition overall, while the interior appears to be largely original and shows a beautiful, inviting patina throughout. It wears highly attractive Cromodora wheels shod with Michelin tires and has been fitted with an aftermarket Blaupunkt stereo system. Included in the sale is its Ferrari tool kit, jack, and manual.Considered by many to be the most practical iteration of the famed Ferrari Daytona, the 365 GTC/4 combines aggressive Ferrari beauty and the iconic Colombo V-12 with exceptional practicality. Easily capable of taking to the open road for long-distance tours at speed, this particular 365 GTC/4 is a wonderful and highly usable example of the breed.To view this car and others currently available, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/home/private-sales/.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Fort Lauderdale event, 29 - 30 March 2019. Owner reports it to be an all-original steel truck, no fillerViper Red with a tan ostrich leather interior360 hp ZZ4 350 cu. in. V-8 engine; Muncie four-speed manual transmissionNew Mustang II front end with a four-link in the rear20-inch low profile tiresCustom cherry wood bedOwner reports its been driven sparingly since completionCheck back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/fl19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$600,000 - $800,000 Ferrari Classiche certifiedStunning Junior Conway paintwork and Tony Nancy interiorThe first-ever 330 GTC invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d EleganceTwo-time Platinum Award winnerComplete with tools, books, and restoration recordsFilling a gap in Ferrari s line-up between the four-seat 330 GT 2+2 and the high-performance 275 GTB, the two-seat 330 GTC was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966. It was essentially a coupe version of the 275 GTS. Pininfarina s elegant coachwork combined elements of the latter at the rear, with the 500 Superfast influencing at the front. It would be hard to argue with Car & Driver s assessment that the GTC is a tasteful blend of the mean-and-low look of Ferrari competition GT cars, with the elegance of super-luxury street Ferraris of the past. Detail work, finish, panel fit every aspect is superlative. Under the 330 GTC s hood is the 4.0-liter, 300-bhp version of Ferrari s famous twin-cam, 60-degree V-12, as used in the 330 GT 2+2. Broadly similar to that of the concurrently produced 275 GTB, the short (2,400-mm wheelbase) chassis followed Ferrari s established practice of tying together sturdy oval-section main tubes in a steel space-frame, while the suspension was independent all round by wishbones and coil springs. First introduced on a road-going Ferrari (the 275 GTB) in 1964, the rear suspension incorporated the five-speed gearbox in a transaxle, an arrangement that created a better-balanced car and one that gave its driver the wonderful sense of knowing just exactly what s going on between one s posterior and the pavement. Ferrari devoted a generous amount of development work that concentrated on interior noise reduction, which with its slim pillars and large glass area, grants the occupants excellent visibility and a sense of spaciousness. The 330 GTC was luxuriously equipped in the finest Gran Turismo style, with leather seats, electric windows, and heated rear glass as standard (radio and Borrani wire wheels were optional). With a top speed in excess of 150 mph, superior ride comfort, and sure-footed handling, Ferrari could justifiably claim the 330 GTC to be the finest of high-speed touring machines available for two people and their luggage.Originally delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut, this 330 GTC was first sold to well-known Ferrari customer John Messore of Miami, Florida. The car remained in Florida until the mid-1980s before making its way to San Francisco, California, where it would eventually be exhibited at shows. This 330 GTC became the first production Ferrari to be invited to the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance in 1998, a testament to the high quality and authenticity of this car.Junior Conway of Junior s House of Colors painted this striking Fly Yellow Ferrari in 2005 and, as is typical of his renowned perfectionism, the quality of paintwork is exceptional. The bodywork is excellent and the chrome, rubber, and glass are all highly presentable. Renowned automobile upholsterer Tony Nancy expertly trimmed the interior and, to this day, it continues to look amazing. Fitted with the classic AM/FM radio, leather bucket seats, and wood-rimmed steering wheel, the interior embodies the elegance of a 1960s Gran Turismo.The beauty of this 330 GTC is more than just skin deep. The exacting mechanical restoration is a testament to the work of Norbert Hofer s Gran Touring Classics of Los Angeles, and upon inspection, it is clear that the engine bay and undercarriage are all prepared to the highest standards of authenticity and finish. The engine bay features the correct crackle-finish texture, copper tubing, hoses, and clamps. It is tidy, correct overall in appearance, and shows little use. Even the stance is perfect as it is fitted with the optional Borrani wire wheels and correct XWX tires. At the time of its restoration, the car had covered approximately 60,000 miles and was said to be in excellent condition. The authentic restoration has earned this 330 GTC a bevy of 1st place prize awards at such venues as Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Torry Pines, and Concorso Italiano. It has also received two Platinum Awards, one each in Monterey and the 2005 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach. It has been properly maintained and driven sparingly in recent years, maintaining a high level of quality of appearance and drivability. A head-turning, exciting color scheme matched with an impressive provenance and quality restoration and care make this Ferrari exceptional among others.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$90,000 - $120,000 Offered from the Torque CollectionBeautiful 911 T coupe in a great color Only 23,889 original miles from newRetains its original engine and gearboxRestored by marque expertsPorsche Certificate of AuthenticityThe 1969 model year marked the first important changes to Porsche s well-received 911 series. The wheelbase was lengthened by 2.4 in., which served to greatly enhance the car s handling characteristics. The fenders were slightly flared to make room for larger wheels and tires, and the interior heating and cooling system was improved, as Porsche made steady improvements on the design. Three models were offered: the base 110-hp 911 T, the 140-hp 911 E, and the 170-hp 911 S. The lower-priced T was fitted with a magnesium-cased, cast-iron-cylindered engine with Weber carburetors, while the E and S used Bosch mechanical fuel injection. This very attractive 911 T coupe left the Karmann plant 14 April 1969, painted Polo Red with a black leatherette interior. It was delivered to its first owner with options including a five-speed manual transmission, five-gauge instrument package, front and rear bumperettes, a Becker radio and antenna, and Pirelli tires. The car is believed to have spent its early years with two owners in dry and sunny Phoenix, Arizona, after which it was sold in 1984 to an Ohio resident, with its odometer reading just 20,645 miles. At that point it received a full mechanical overhaul, and then moved on to its fourth owner in Missouri. At only 23,105 original miles, the car was given a full cosmetic restoration, which included a high-quality repaint in its original color. In 2014, this car was acquired by a noted Southern California enthusiast who had a full new black leatherette interior and new headliner installed. The respected Porsche restoration shop Coachcraft, in Fillmore, California, then brought the paint to what the owner described as show condition. At that time, the car had been driven just 23,696 miles and it has accrued just a few hundred miles more.This outstanding 911 T is supplied with a set of forged Fuchs alloy wheels, tool kit, jack, service records, and manuals. Here is a well-restored, extremely low-mileage 911 perfect for Porsche club events or enjoyable touring.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$80,000 - $110,000 Freshened highly original car Documented ownership historyAmerica s favorite woodieFord was the first U.S. automaker to resume production at the end of World War II. The assembly lines commenced operation on 3 July 1945, before hostilities had ceased completely in the Pacific. The company had the advantage of being authorized to restart civilian truck manufacture in April 1944. Still, it took time to reach satisfactory production levels, and the more complex styles like station wagons took even longer. The Iron Mountain plant had produced glider parts during the war, but had kept a stock of 1942 wagon parts on hand for the day that assembly could resume. Because engineering and development work had halted during the war, all 1946 Fords and Mercurys were very slightly restyled and re-trimmed versions of their 1942 counterparts.Most significant was the fact that all V-8 Fords now used the Mercury-derived 239-cu. in., 100-bhp engine. Slight changes from 1942 involved the ignition system and a new casting for the cylinder block, the latter taking its 59A designation from the Ford project code.Equipped with radio, heater, and electric clock, this 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe station wagon was formerly owned by James J. Angleton, a young officer in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Joining the Central Intelligence Agency after the War, he became Chief of Counterintelligence in 1954, serving until 1975. The car was kept at his vacation retreat in Superior, Wisconsin, for many years, stored carefully in a red brick garage. After Angleton s passing in 1987, it was discovered by the estate s caretaker. Highly original, it is finished in maroon with brown artificial leather upholstery. The car is in excellent condition throughout and has received restoration as required. A history of Mr. Angleton and a letter from a prior owner documenting its history are included with the car.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$125,000 - $150,000 Believed to be one of only 32 U.S. examplesOriginally sold through Luigi Chinetti MotorsComprehensive restoration in the 1990s by Mike RegaliaWhile it is well known that Enzo Ferrari insisted that road cars bearing his name should have 12 cylinders, the desire to expand his income stream to support its core racing activities led Ferrari to develop a small displacement engine in 1959. The finished engine, chassis, and prototype car, nicknamed Ferrarina, were shown at the Turin Auto Show in 1961 with a body by Bertone. Into the scene came racing drivers Gerino Gerini, Lorenzo Bandini, and Giancarlo Baghetti, who created a company called Autocostruzioni Societa per Azioni, or ASA. They recruited the Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini to join them, along with Oronzio and Niccolo de Nora, father-and-son Ferrari clients who owned a company manufacturing electromechanical components. At the 1962 Turin Show, the ASA 1000 GT appeared. Production began in 1964, and in a three-year period, less than 100 ASA 1000 GTs were built. Ultimately, the car, while well engineered and beautifully styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was far too expensive.The stunning ASA 1000 GT was originally sold through Luigi Chinetti Motors on 16 March 1967. The original invoice notes that this car, chassis no. 01196, was purchased by Ms. Ruth Lesson of Duanesburg, New York, at a cost of $5,967, trading in her 1964 Mercury Comet Cyclone in the process for a credit of $1,570. Lesson retained the car for nearly 20 years, though it had apparently been off the road since the 1970s. She sold the car in 1986 to William G. Inglis, a noted Ferrari enthusiast from California. The ASA remained with Mr. Inglis for many years, and in the 1990s he commissioned the highly respected restorer Mike Regalia to perform a comprehensive restoration. The ASA was repainted to a very high standard in the red it wears today, the drivetrain fully rebuilt, and the interior fully restored to original specifications using correct style black upholstery. The car traded hands in 2004, joining Ed Brown s collection in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brown enjoyed the ASA for several more years before selling it, at which point it became part of a large collection of rare Italian sports cars. Today, the ASA presents in beautiful condition, the restoration having matured nicely with some careful use and enjoyment. The paintwork remains in very good condition, and the delicate chrome bumpers and trim are straight and beautifully presented, as are the factory original knock-off alloy wheels made for ASA by Borrani. Under the bonnet is the original 1,000-cc four-cylinder engine. Fully rebuilt as part of the restoration, it features a wrinkle finish valve cover and Weber 40DCOE carburetors. Records show the original flywheel was lightened during the engine rebuild, making the already eager little engine even happier to rev. The ASA is accompanied by a history file with numerous receipts and records, original invoice, magazine articles, and photos, as well as original manuals and brochures. Eligible for numerous driving events and concours worldwide, this exquisite automobile is an outstanding example of the rare and charming scaled Ferrari, a car that was worthy of praise from Enzo Ferrari himself.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Arizona event, 17 - 18 January 2019. Estimate:$65,000 - $75,000 Offered from the Torque Collection1 of 954 E coupes produced by Reutter for the 1969 model yearFully restored with upgraded suspensionElegant and attractive original color combinationPorsche Production Specifications certificateThe desirability of early 911s has been growing steadily, with collectors searching out good examples of these light and nimble sports cars. The handling characteristics of the first 911s were vastly improved when Porsche stretched the wheelbase by 2.4 in. for the 1969 model year. The wheel openings received slight flaring to accommodate wider wheels and tires. Heating and ventilating systems were also improved as Porsche steadily upgraded its production cars. The 911 E was introduced by Porsche to replace the more powerful 911 S in 1968; it featured all the luxury features of the S but was fitted with a slightly lower-horsepower engine to meet increasingly stringent U.S. emissions standards. The E s suspension utilized an unusual Boge hydro-pneumatic system and 14-in. wheels for driving comfort, but over time this arrangement proved troublesome and most owners replaced the Boge suspension with standard McPherson struts, tubular shocks, torsion bars, and 15-in. wheels.Offered here is a very attractive 1969 911 E coupe delivered 18 March 1969 in special-order Blue Metallic (6853) over black leatherette upholstery and charcoal carpets. It was factory-equipped with U.S.-specification sealed-beam headlamps and a speedometer reading in miles per hour, tinted glass all around, and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt stereo radio package. The consignor states that this 911 E spent most of its early life in California, but has been under long-term mid-west ownership since the early 1980s. The original Boge suspension was replaced in 2012. This 911 E was then acquired by the Torque Collection in Wisconsin and enjoyed a full cosmetic restoration in 2016, including a high-quality respray in its original color. The engine was replaced in June 2017 with a fresh 2.4-liter, 140-hp flat-six from a 1973 911 T. The Type 915 transmission was also rebuilt. This elegant 911 E is accompanied by extensive service documentation and receipts dating from the early 1980s, along with early registration records. The correct jack and tool kit have been freshly cleaned. It is rare to find an early 911 this fresh, with just enough improvements to make it more pleasurable to drive.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Paris event, 6 February 2019. Converted to GT-spec in period and with extensive race history, including the Tour AutoRestoration work by Harald Hackenberg, Paul Ernst Str hle and Karl HlochAccompanied by a copy of its factory KardexAfter first being delivered to Rabe Graf von Oehnhausen, Grandfather of Marcus Graf von Oehnhausen, founder of the private race track Bilster Berg, this 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS Coup was then pressed into a much more exciting life. This car s second owner converted the Carrera 2 to GT-spec during 1967, racing the car at Zandvoort and the Osnabr ck Slalom. Its fourth owner, Heribert K ke of K ke Motorsport , also took to the track, racing at Brands Hatch and the N rburgring.This car s fifth and present owner acquired the car in 1998. It still retains its original engine and gearbox and has participated in many events, including the Tour Auto and Gran Premio Nuvolari. An accompanying history file contains a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and extensive maintenance and restoration documentation. Body and engine restorations were undertaken by Harald Hackenberg and Karl Hloch, respectively two of the most renowned Porsche restorers in Germany. From 2008 to 2010, the car was fully restored at Classic Boxers in Erkrat, Germany, which included a paintjob to the highest standards. On the button , this car represents an excellent opportunity for the new owner to take to the track and add to its interesting history.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Amelia Island event, 9 March 2019. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.