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Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona

$2.5 Million Dollar Aston Martin DB4 GT “Zagato” Coupe to Headline 6th Annual Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona Sale at Biltmore Resort, January 28, 2005

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (October 5, 2004) –RM Auctions once again brings significant cars with record-setting potential to the auction block at its 6th Annual Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona sale on January 28, 2005. Hosted at the magnificent Arizona Biltmore Resort in Scottsdale, the one day auction is expected to generate spirited bidding, possibly eclipsing the excitement that produced last year’s $500,000 world record price paid for a 1948 Tucker Sedan.

One of the 2005 auction headliners is a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT “Zagato” Coupe. One of only 19 ever built, this particular car is the 1962 Brands Hatch race winner, driven by sports car legend Roy Salvadori, who three years earlier won the 24 Hours of LeMans in another Aston Martin with Carroll Shelby.

The most unique of the 19 built by Italian coachbuilder Zagato, this car has many features specially requested by its original owner, including thicker gauge alloy panels, chromed brightwork, and glass in place of the traditional Perspex windows. It also sports a unique grille configuration and late DB4-style rear lights. Chassis #DB4 GT, Serial #0190/L has a pre-auction estimate of between $2,500,000 and $2,800,000.

Another of the auction’s million dollar offerings is a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Competition Coupe. A fabulous ex-Franco Rol early V12 competition coupe complete with ACCUS and FIA papers, this car ranks among the world’s finest vintages. In 1998, this stunning Ferrari competed in the Mille Miglia Retrospective following a full restoration by a leading expert in the marque. Its auction estimate is $1,100,000 to $1,500,000.

RM is also honored to offer one the most historically significant American cars ever sold at auction. This 1962 Lincoln Continental Limousine was designed by Ford Motor Company’s Advance Vehicle division and built in 1961 by Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, Ohio, for use by U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the first lady, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, world leaders and other visiting dignitaries.

Specially ordered for the presidential fleet, the “Kennedy Bubbletop” is the only Lincoln Continental sedan in existence with this unique see-through top option. Although this car is not armored, it is designed with a transparent roof over the rear-seat compartment covering to protect its occupants from the elements and allow them to still be visible to the public. The coachbuilders Hess & Eisenhardt are also known for building the tragically famous JFK Lincoln limousine in which he rode in on that fateful day in Dallas in 1963.

The hallmark of German automotive design is represented by a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster expected to bring between $280,000 and $310,000. Designed by Raymond Loewy protégé Count Albrecht Graf Goertz, and first introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor show, this BMW Roadster is one of only 225 built. Its powerful 3.2-liter all-alloy V8 engine and lightweight aluminum body make it one of the most desirable BMWs in the history of the company and a fine hand-built example of German engineering and beauty. The car was marketed to affluent sport car enthusiasts including Elvis Presley who purchased a white version while stationed in Friedburg, Germany in 1958.

“We are excited about the historical significance of the cars we have consigned to open the 2005 auction season,” says Rob Myers of RM Auctions. “We've always had a few surprises at the Biltmore sale and this year will be no exception.”

For collectors of the quintessential British classic, RM Auctions offers a distinguished 1929 Bentley 4.5-liter VDP Tourer. This beauty is one of only 658 Bentley 4.5-liter cars ever built, and one of only 10 that were delivered from the factory with a 9-foot, 9.5-inch extended chassis. This particular chassis (#DS3533) was delivered to noted coachbuilders Freestone and Webb and fitted with exclusive Saloon bodywork expressly designed for the car’s original owner, Mr. M. Wolfe, in October 1929.

Following WWII, the rare Bentley chassis was shortened and refit with a 4P open body and a 6-liter radiator. Subsequently, the car was acquired by a noted Bentley enthusiast who restored the Tourer to full Le Mans racing specifications, using many period and rare original parts.

Today the car appears in an original Vanden Plas body, rescued from another original car. This powerful vintage Bentley sports an oversized LeMans-style fuel tank, D-type gearbox, bonnet straps, split pinning and B.A.R.C. exhaust system with asbestos and wire guards at the gas tank and exhaust. Ready for vintage racing anywhere in the world, it is expected to bring between $275,000 and $325,000.

RM Auction’s 6th Annual Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona Auction will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, January 28th, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Vehicles can be previewed beginning Thursday January 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $30 per person with children under 12 admitted free of charge. An auction catalog is available for $50 (U.S.) including shipping and handling within North America, by calling 800-211-4371.

Celebrating 25 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world's rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook and Pebble Beach Concours. For additional information on RM Auctions Inc., please call (800) 211-4371 or visit the corporate web site at

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