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The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Rare European 1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop Coupe Sells for $3.6 Million Highlighting Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction at Portola Plaza Hotel

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (August 23, 2005) – RM Auctions completed another outstanding sale at its 20th annual Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction totaling $31 million and topping all other auction events. The 2005 auction event held August 19-20, 2005 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA, was the largest single offering in the history of the famed Monterey weekend and a new world record for a two-day auction of vintage automobiles. The sale saw an outstanding 91 percent of cars sold and included seven cars that sold for more than $1 million apiece.

Headlining the auction was a stunning 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe that sold for $3,685,000. The one-off car had spent its entire life in Europe – making its first North American appearance on the RM auction block. The Teardrop Coupe, named for the seductive shape of the car’s pillarless windows and sculptured body, is recognized as the pinnacle of French Art Deco design.

Excitement also built around the North American debut of the super-luxury 2006 Maybach 57 S which was driven on stage by Tonight Show host Jay Leno and a surprise “hitchhiker” - the legendary racer Sir Stirling Moss and sold for $550,000 to a Texas collector. With encouragement from Leno and a special appearance by Ulrich Maybach, great-grandson of founder Wilheim Maybach, charitable proceeds from the Maybach 57 S and the generosity of RM's clients raised funds for the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“We are more than pleased with the results of our Monterey event which was the most exciting and largest sale in our company’s history and set a new world record for a two-day auction of vintage automobiles,” said Rob Myers, Founder of RM Auctions. “We saw strong prices across the board on the sports and racing cars, muscle cars and even the more popular classics – sure signs of a healthy market.”

Joining the Talbot-Lago in the million dollar plus category were six other incredible automobiles:

• 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype – the actual car that won the 1965 Daytona Continental Race, driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby, splendid in its 1966 racing livery. ($2,502,500) • 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B Monoposto – one of three remaining examples out of 6, this ex-Scuderia team car won the 1934 Monaco Grands Prix in additions to finishes at Monza, Nurburgring and Rheims ($2,100,000) • 1970 Ferrari 512S Spyder Sports Racing Car - 550bhp, 4,496cc dual overhead cam V12 made this the fastest car Ferrari had ever built to date, capable of 235mph plus ($1,947,000) • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta – a Scaglietti-bodied, Pinin Farina design was the last Tour de France built with a storied racing provenance. ($1,457,500) • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder – Known to collectors as one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built, it is as graceful standing still as it is at top speed. ($1,320,000) • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - The centerpiece of the ’37 Berlin Motor Show, it was the automobile of choice of royalty and international celebrities. ($1,017,500)

Other notable highlights from the two-day RM Monterey auction included:

• 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta - this hot rod of sports racing Ferraris and one of only two closed Berlinettas to receive Touring’s superlight coachwork. ($973,500) • 1971 Porsche 917 Spyder – formerly from the famed Harrah Collection and considered to be one of the most desirable of all vintage Porsche racers. Recently restored to its former glory. ($863,500) • 1962 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car, a revolutionary design by legendary Jim Hall that would dominate its class in the 1960’s. One of five built of the original first series. ($577,500) • 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra “Dragonsnake” – born into the prime of the drag racing era, this Cobra successfully defended Carroll Shelby’s legacy, winning countless events. ($451,000) • 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Prototype - the first XK120 prototype ever built (Chassis 67001) was the world's fastest production car and launched the Jaguar sports car dynasty. ($440,000) • 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda - the holy grail of muscle cars today. This factory original, with less 30,100 miles was one of only two finished in Autumn Mist Metallic, out of only 108 built. ($412,500)

Final results from Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction can be found at:

Celebrating more than 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 the latest information on this event and RM Auctions, Inc., please call toll-free (800) 211-4371, or visit the corporate web site at

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