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The world’s largest collector car auction house presents a star-studded cast of automobiles at its Monterey sale, August 17–18 in California.

BLENHEIM, Ontario (August 13, 2012) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will lift the gavel on an exciting series of celebrity vehicles at its highly anticipated Monterey, California sale this week ( August 17–18).

Headlining entries boasting celebrity provenance are no less than four vehicles linked to the “King of Cool,” Steve McQueen, including a multi-million-dollar 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/ Mirage Lightweight Racing Car. Leased by McQueen’s film company, Solar Productions, in 1970, the competition-bred GT40 was used extensively as the camera car in McQueen’s epic Hollywood film Le Mans. Also featured in the same movie and set for RM’s auction spotlight is a 1956 Fiat Series 306/2 Grand Prix Transporter. Commissioned by the Maserati Grand Prix team, it was subsequently used by both Lance Reventlow’s and Carroll Shelby’s race teams before earning a supporting role in Le Mans. The Fiat hauler played three roles in the movie: team transporter for Ferrari, Renault/Mirage, and Porsche.

Other auction lots boasting McQueen provenance include a 1961 Cooper T-56 Mark II Formula Junior Racing Car, owned and successfully raced by McQueen in California in 1962, and an unrestored, extremely well-documented 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan, which was in McQueen’s possession at the time of his passing in 1980.

Another “star” attraction with top-billing for the RM sale is a coveted 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta 14-Louver ‘Tour de France’ that enjoyed a memorable Hollywood turn in the 1960s. Exceptionally rare—it is the first 14-louver Tour de France of just nine examples built—the stunning Tour de France competed in some of the world’s most prestigious events before coming into the possession of Walt Disney Studios. It then co-starred in the 1966 classic The Love Bug alongside “Herbie,” the racing VW Beetle with a soul. The catalogue also includes a 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra, which also enjoyed a brief Hollywood spin in the sixties. Rented by MGM British Studios in early-1966, it was used as a camera car and appeared in many scenes of the hit Formula One film Grand Prix, starring James Garner.

A tradition spanning more than 25 years, RM’s Monterey sale is held during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week. In total, the two-day sale will lift the gavel on 120 blue-chip automobiles before a global audience. For full event details, including RM’s digital Monterey catalogue and feature videos, visit or call +1 519 352 4575.

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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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

Donnie Gould

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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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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

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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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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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Paul Darvill

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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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Shelby Myers

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