Arguably one of the most glamorous auctions on the calendar, the RM Sotheby’s biennial Monaco sale coincides with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. We’ve selected 30 of the finest lots for your perusal. If you fancy placing a bid, the auction takes on 14 May 2016.
Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider: €19,000,000 – €23,000,000 (£15,000,000 – £18,250,000)
When RM Sotheby’s sold a Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider at its Monterey sale in 2013, the auction closed at $27,500,000 (£19,000,000). A similar price is expected for this 1968 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, the only one of its kind to be sold in Europe. Whatever happens, it’s likely to be one of the star lots on the 2016 auction calendar.
Ferrari 340 America Barchetta: €7,500,000 – €9,000,000 (£6,000,000 – £7,150,000)
In many auctions, this would be the star lot, but in the Monaco sale it plays second fiddle to the 275. This actual Ferrari 340 America Barchetta entered the 1951 and 1952 Le Mans 24 Hours and is one of only eight bodied by Touring.
Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution: €2,700,000 – €3,000,000 (£2,150,000 – £2,400,000)
If you’d rather spend your euromillions on something German, this Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution could be the car for you. It’s the only road-legal 911 GT1 in the world and a three-time Canadian GT Championship winner. Its six-cylinder engine is mated to a pair of KKK turbochargers to produce a mighty 600hp.
Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider: €2,400,000 – €2,800,000 (£1,900,000 – £2,220,000)
Is this the most elegant Ferrari ever built? It’s one of only 18 original left-hand drive European-spec Spiders, with a mere 27,000 kilometres on the clock. Spend a couple of million and immediately take this for a very long drive along the French coast.
Ferrari 330 GTS: €2,100,000 – €2,400,000 (£1,665,000 – £1,900,000)
Here’s a Ferrari colour you don’t see everyday. This 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS was recently restored in its original Nocciola over Nero combination and is one of only 99 examples produced. The GTS was launched at the 1966 Paris Motor Show and featured the same V12 engine found in the 330 GTC.
Ferrari 275 GTS: €1,650,000 – €1,850,000 (£1,300,000 – £1,500,000)
The Ferrari 330 GTS was actually a replacement for the 275 GTS, the Pininfarina-designed version of the 275 GTB. It was launched at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, wearing wire wheels, rather than the alloys of the GTB. The 1966 275 GTS available at the RM Sotheby’s sale has covered a mere 24,000 miles since new.
Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso: €1,550,000 – €1,800,000 (£1,250,000 – £1,430,000)
We’d humbly suggest that this the most beautiful Ferrari ever created by Pininfarina. But the beauty of the 250 Gran Turismo Lusso was more than just skin-deep, because it also featured a wonderfully sumptuous interior. Dark brown over beige is a winning combination, too.
Tucker 48: €1,350,000 – €1,850,000 (£1,070,000 – £1,500,000)
Preston Tucker had a dream to build an American luxury car brand, but his dreams were shattered by an alleged fraud. Although he and his team were later acquitted, the public had lost confidence in the Tucker Car Corporation and the company folded after 51 Tucker 48s had been built. This is the only one in Europe.
Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet by Vignale: €1,250,000 – €1,500,000 (£990,000 – £1,190,000)
Had your fill of million pound Ferraris? Stay with us, because this one is rather special. It’s one of four Inter Cabriolets bodied by Vignale and features a triple-carb V12 engine. Curiously, it was originally delivered in right-hand form to an Englishman living in Paris. He refused to accept the car and demanded it be switched to left-hand drive.
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans prototype: €1,200,000 – €1,600,000 (£950,000 – £1,270,000)
“Firing up and running this vehicle calls for specific equipment, third-party software licences, and skills. The seller commits to providing the necessary technical support for a period of two years. This service will be provided at Peugeot Sport’s normal rates for technical support.” Whoever buys this Peugeot 908 HDi Le Mans car is buying into something rather special. It finished second overall at the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’: €1,100,000 – €1,300,000 (£875,000 – £1,030,000)
RM Sotheby’s calls this a “priceless opportunity”, but given the pre-auction estimate, we beg to differ. Indeed, a million pounds should secure this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. It has been owned by the Agusta family since new.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato: €950,000 – €1,200,000 (£754,000 – £950,000)
This is one of only 101 examples produced and boasts an extensive competition history. It was built in 1965 and originally finished in blue paint over a black interior. The Giulia TZ has been in the same ownership for 33 years.
Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ Stage II: €900,000 – €1,250,000 (£714,000 – £990,000)
Delivered new in Germany, this Porsche 959 is one of just three examples finished in black and is believed to be the only example with a matching black interior. The 1988 car was upgraded to Stage II specification by the Porsche Classic Centre in Stuttgart and has covered just 10,000 kilometres from new.
Ferrari 599 GTO: €700,000 – €1,000,000 (£555,000 – £793,000)
The final Ferrari, we promise. Amazingly, this 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO has travelled a mere 180 kilometres since being delivered to its owner in Switzerland. A unique opportunity to buy what is essentially a factory-fresh 6.0-litre V12 legend.
Lamborghini 350 GT: €700,000 – €850,000 (£555,000 – £674,000)
Lamborghini’s first production car still manages to turn heads, some five decades after it was launched at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show. Just 131 examples of the 350 GT were ever built, some of which were upgraded to 4.0-litre specification.
Citroen 15CV Roadster: €650,000 – €1,100,000 (£515,000 – £875,000)
This is the very first Citroen 15CV Roadster ever built. It was assigned to Mrs Anna Michelin, the widow of Pierre Michelin and daughter of tyre baron Edouard Michelin. It’s one of only 15 built and the only one verified by the factory.
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution I: €600,000 – €800,000 (£475,000 – £634,000)
This very car won the Rallye Monte-Carlo and Swedish Rally in 1985, driven by none other than Ari Vatanen. That alone should be all the provenance you’ll ever need, but it’s also one of only 20 Works 205 T16 Evolution I Group B rally cars. You know something? This could be one of our star lots.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring: €580,000 – €680,000 (£460,000 – £539,000)
Others will probably select this Porsche as their star attraction in Monaco. This is a late 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, finished in Light Yellow and featuring the likes of an electric sunroof, two-stage heated rear glass and a Recaro sports driver’s seat. With 30,000 kilometres on the clock, the pre-auction estimate looks a tad pessimistic.
Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet: €550,000 – €800,000 (£436,000 – £634,000)
Prince Aly Khan was an international celebrity and playboy who received his literal weight in gold and gems from followers once a year. He dated many beautiful women and was married to the actress Rita Hayworth. Aly Khan bought this Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS new, but sold it when he and Hayworth divorced.
Porsche Carrera GT: €700,000 – €850,000 (£555,000 – £674,000)
Porsche’s first mid-engined supercar and one of the most desirable cars it has ever produced. It’s number 261 of 1,270 built, spending most of its early life in a private collection without being driven. Just the 3,500 kilometres on the clock…
Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Supergioiello: €490,000 – €580,000 (£389,000 – £460,000)
This is one of only 18 believed to have been built, of which three are known to have survived. The Alfa Romeo took part in the 1955 Rallye Monte-Carlo and is the final example built by Ghia.
Porsche 911 Carrera RS: €375,000 – €450,000 (£297,000 – £357,000)
Fancy a Porsche 964 Carrera RS in Guards Red? Of course you do, which is why we’ve chosen to showcase this 12,088-kilometre car.
Lancia Rally 037 Stradale: €335,000 – €355,000 (£265,000 – £282,000)
If you fancy buying a kidney, we may have to sell one in order to raise funds for this rally legend. It’s one of only 207 Stradale examples built and has covered a mere 33,000 kilometres since it was new in 1982. Crucially, it has never been modified.
Renault 5 Turbo Group 4: €250,000 – €350,000 (£198,000 – £278,000)
Earlier, we said that the Peugeot 205 T16 might be our star lot, but this Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 could change things. It’s the 1982 French Rally Championship winning car and the first two-wheel drive car at the 1984 Rallye Monte-Carlo. Just look at it.
Alpine-Renault A110: €240,000 – €280,000 (£190,000 – £222,000)
One of two A110s at the RM Sotheby’s sale, this one caught our eye. It’s one of only nine Works cars driven in the 1974 season and has recently been restored to its 1974 Tour de Corse livery. Given the rebirth of the Alpine brand, interest is certain to be high.
Porsche 911 ‘007’ by Peter Klasen: €200,000 – €300,000 (£159,000 – £238,000)
Fancy getting behind the wheel of an Art Car? This Porsche 911 – entitled ‘007’ – was completed by Peter Klasen in 2009 and signed by the artist, just above the driver’s door. The 1965 car is said to be presented in race-prepared condition, so you’re guaranteed to make a statement on the track.
MGC GTS Sebring: €150,000 – €250,000 (£119,000 – £198,000)
Not all MGs are created equal. This is one of just six genuine GTS Sebrings ever built and features a 2.9-litre six-cylinder engine fed by triple Weber carburettors. Thanks to a super-lightweight construction, this MG race car weighs a mere 900kg.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SL: €100,000 – €120,000 (£79,000 – £95,000)
Given the way 300 SL and 190 SLs have surged in value, we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices of the ‘Pagoda’ following a similar trend. We adore the Tobacco brown paint and créme-coloured canvas convertible roof, supplemented by the ‘Pagoda’ hardtop. So much elegance and charm for less than £100,000.
Alfa Romeo RZ: €70,000 – €85,000 (£55,000 – £67,000)
The styling is pure Marmite – you’ll either love it or hate it – but you can’t deny the Alfa Romeo RZ is different. This 1993 car is finished in Giallo Fly and has never been driven in the wet. One of only 284 built.
Fiat 500 Mare by Holiday: €20,000 – €30,000 (£16,000 – £24,000)
We finish with one of the more ‘affordable’ lots in the RM Sotheby’s sale and the one most suited to the Monaco surroundings. About 20 years ago, Giovanni Vernagallo’s Carrozzeria Holiday (now Vernagallo Stile) began converting vintage Fiat 500s into the Mare, a beach car in the the style of the Jolly. This tradition continues to this day.