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HISTORIC RACING GREATS JOIN THE STARTING GRID FOR RM SOTHEBY'S MULTI-MILLION EURO MONACO SALE

Monaco

 

  • RM Sotheby’s prepares for biennial Monaco sale, 14 May, during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend
  • Latest highlights led by the only road-registered Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution in existence, and Niki Lauda’s first Formula One car - a 1971 March 711
  • Handpicked roster of blue-chip automobiles also features a 1948 Tucker 48, a rare addition to any European sale
  • Further sale information and a frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

LONDON (8 March, 2016) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce a fantastic collection of historic competition cars and one very rare American classic - a group that collectively spans more than five decades of leading automotive development - as the latest highlights for its upcoming Monaco sale, 14 May, during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend. In keeping with the sale’s location, RM’s biennial Monaco auction always attracts fabulous racing machinery, and this year, every major racing discipline from Formula One to Group B and endurance racing, is represented.

 

The upcoming RM sale, unquestionably one of Europe’s most eagerly-anticipated auction events, has already grabbed headlines with the previously announced 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta. The Ferrari will be joined at the May sale by another racing great of a different era: the 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, chassis no. GT1 993-117. The only known road-registered example, GT1 993-117 is one of just 14 GT1 race cars in private hands and has never before been offered for sale publicly. With over 13 wins to its name from 31 starts, this 993-based GT1 Evolution not only won the Canadian GT Championship three times (1999-2001) but also participated in the Daytona 24 Hour race. Believed to be the only ex-race car with road registration in existence, it is a vehicle that will wow crowds wherever it goes (Estimate: €2.700.000 - €3.000.000).

 

A Monaco sale without a Formula One car is unthinkable, and just as RM offered the iconic, ex-James Hunt, Hesketh 308 in 2014, this year will see RM present the first car that three-time World Champion, Niki Lauda, drove in Formula One. One of the most distinctive GP cars of the era, the 1971 March 711 was driven by Lauda at the Austrian Grand Prix, although the car was originally built for Ronnie Peterson, who took podium finishes in ‘711-02’ at both the Monaco and Hockenheim Grand Prix. Offered out of single-ownership since 1973, it is perceived to be one of the most significant and original pieces of Formula One history (Est. €550.000- €650.000).

 

Away from the European competition cars, RM’s upcoming Monaco auction features road-going innovation of the American sort. ‘Rare’ doesn’t begin to describe a 1948 Tucker 48. Just 51 Tucker 48s were ever built, and chassis no. 1049 is the only one currently in continental Europe. The Tucker 48 was the only car made by well-respected automotive industry veteran Preston Thomas Tucker. Although the marque’s demise still remains controversial, the Tucker remains a rolling symbol of the American dream, and is still regarded as one of the most advanced early post-war automobiles produced. The late production example slated for RM’s Monaco podium has long-term provenance with respected enthusiast ownership to its name, including Nick Jenin, Gene Zimmerman and Bob Bahre. Presented in period-correct Waltz Blue paintwork and offered fresh from a restoration by its current owner, its pre-sale estimate of €1.350.000 - €1.850.000 reflects its condition and rarity.

 

Held at the glamorous Le Sporting, home to some of the principality’s most prestigious events, RM Sotheby’s exclusive biennial Monaco event will lift the gavel on approximately 100 blue-chip collector cars.  For further sale information or to view a frequently updated list of entries please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

 

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RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 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. As a company, RM Sotheby’s has established numerous auction benchmarks, including the current record for the highest-grossing collector car auction of all time, with $172.9 million in sales at its 2015 Monterey event. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. For further information, visit www.rmsothebys.com.  

Alexander Weaver

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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