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RARE 1955 PORSCHE 550 SPYDER TO STAR AT RM SOTHEBY’S PARIS SALE DURING RETROMOBILE WEEK

Paris

 

  • Wonderful Porsche 550 Spyder, shown at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show, takes the spotlight at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale
  • Desirable 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing also joins auction highlights
  • RM Sotheby’s returns to Paris on 3 February, 2016, for its third annual sale during the Retromobile week
  • Frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

LONDON (25 November, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce two significant new entries for its Paris sale, returning 3 February, 2016 during the world-famous Retromobile show week.

 

The new star of the sale is a wonderful and rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, chassis no. 550-0068, which is significant for having been the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show car. The 550 Spyder is one of the most iconic of all Porsche sports racing cars, and was based on the legendary 356. Designed specifically with competition in mind, the 550 Spyder was originally revealed at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, wowing the public with its low-slung, aerodynamic body and potent mechanicals. The model enjoyed an illustrious competition career on the international racing scene, and the car on offer by RM Sotheby’s boasts racing history in North America during the 1950s (Estimate: €2.200.000 - €2.600.000).

 

The 550 Spyder will be joined at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale by another iconic German car from 1955. Beloved by international collectors, any Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ is always an auction highlight, and the example secured for the Paris sale, chassis no. 5500272,  is no exception, presented in restored condition and stunning in its white paintwork (Estimate: €1.000.000 - €1.400.000). Both cars will be among a handpicked roster of approximately 60 of the world’s finest automobiles slated for the evening sale on 3 February.

 

“Porsche 550 Spyders are extremely rare at auction, so it is a real delight to be able to offer this important Frankfurt show car at our Paris sale,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s Europe.  “In addition to these latest entries, we are also excited to feature a selection of very affordable classic cars, ideal for anyone wishing to get involved with the hobby for the first time or for anyone looking for quality on a more limited budget. For those new to the hobby, our team of specialists will be on hand to guide participants through the auction process and assist with expert condition reports.”

 

RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, 3 December 2015 to 31 January 2016. This exciting event will gather a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pay tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on the Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.

 

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please contact RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmsothebys.com.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more