Media Release


RARE, INTERNATIONAL SELECTION OF AUTOMOBILES SET TO WOW COLLECTORS AT RM'S LONDON SALE THIS MONTH

London

• Anticipation builds ahead of RM Auctions’ central London sale, 31st October, 2012
• Auction features an exceptional collection of more than 90 automobiles and two motorcycles selected from the world’s finest makers
• Offering comprises a wonderful selection of the finest and rarest Italian, British and German marques, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche amongst others
• Complete digital catalogue available online at rmauctions.com


LONDON (19 October, 2012) – Anticipation is running high as the two week countdown to RM Auctions’ annual London sale begins. This year’s auction presents a treasure trove of more than 90 mouthwatering cars and motorcycles, each specially handpicked for the sale and representing the most iconic brands and models coveted by collectors around the world.

The broad selection of marques and values represented in this year’s London sale is what really sets it apart from other collector car auctions,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. “RM always succeeds in bringing together some of the world’s finest automobiles, and this year we have a large number of lots that represent a broad cross section of the collector car market and which have been drawn from every corner of the globe. This international capability is what really sets us apart in the market place.”

It is fitting that a premier London sale will feature some 27 fine British automobiles, including examples from such celebrated marques as Aston Martin, AC, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. A total of 11 Aston Martins are poised to go under the hammer, ranging from a delectable 1960 DB4 through to an exceptionally rare 2001 Vanquish Prototype, the second produced by the factory and the subject of much publicity at the time of the car’s launch. DB4s, DB5s and DB6s have become highly desirable in recent years, with values reflecting their popularity. The London sale will feature no less than seven cars representing these models. Amongst highlights is a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, delivered new that year to Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney. The car is accompanied by a heritage certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirming this fact and includes a Philips Auto-Mignon record player, the perfect amenity for a professional recording star (estimate: £300,000 – £380,000). Another super-rare Aston secured for the sale is a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake. One of just two and commissioned new by racing legend, Innes Ireland, the fully restored car has not been seen in public since 1995 (estimate: £325,000–£375,000).

No RM sale is complete without an exclusive selection of rare Ferraris and the upcoming London sale is no exception. Matching the Aston Martins car for car, a total of 11 examples from the Prancing Horse will be offered during the evening sale on the 31st October. In addition to the previously announced 250 GT LWB ‘Tour de France’, the catalogue also features a beautiful, Ferrari Classiche certified 1964 250GT Lusso Berlinetta, chassis 5101 GT (estimate: £550,000 - £650,000) while collectors and motorsport fans will be offered an exceptional opportunity to purchase a 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula One Racing Car, chassis 183. This wonderful Scuderia Ferrari team car was built for the 1998 season during which Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine were teammates and for whom this car intended to be used as a race day ‘spare’ (estimate: £440,00 - £520,000).

Other exceptional Italian automobiles on offer include two important pre-war Alfa Romeo sports racing cars. The 1930 6C 1750 GS ‘Testa Fissa’ is not only one of the world’s finest pre-war sports cars, but this particular example boasts an incredible period provenance having been piloted to victory in the 1930 Tourist Trophy by racing icon and legend, Tazio Nuvolari. One of only 12 ‘Testa Fissa’ specification cars believed to have been constructed, it is also notable for having been the 1930 London Motor Show car (estimate: £750,000 - £900,000). It will be joined at the sale by another eminently desirable pre-war Alfa Romeo, a 1934 6C 2300. With stunning open competition coachwork and a meticulous restoration by one of the world’s leading marque experts, this glorious UK registered car is estimated to fetch between £280,000 - £350,000.

No auction featuring exotic Italian machinery would be complete without Maseratis. The London sale will feature two cars led by an ultra-exclusive 2005 Maserati MC12, one of only 50 built from 2004-2005. Boasting just two owners and 2,500 kms from new, it is capable of sprinting 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed exceeding 205 mph (estimate: £680,000 – £780,000).

The undoubted star lot of the German marques is the rare, alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, one of only 29 cars built by the factory. Chassis 198043-5500786 is a dream purchase for any collector of blue-chip automobiles and in its fully restored silver paintwork with stunning red leather interior, there is no doubt that it is a stunning car from any angle. An exclusive video of the car is available online here: http://bit.ly/Vd8P9W.

In addition to the automobiles, the upcoming London sale will lift the hammer on two very rare and ultra-desirable motorcycles. The highlight is a 1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports, one of the world’s rarest and most collectable motorcycles. The machine, chassis 820A, was dispatched by the Brough works on 21st January 1926 to Frank Hallam, the Brough Superior agent in Birmingham, United Kingdom and it was first registered on 22nd August 1926. This totally correct and fully documented motorcycle has a complete recorded history from the 1920s and boasts only four owners from new. It has undergone a recent full restoration and is the recipient of many prestigious awards and is the first time a Brough of this precise specification has been offered for sale at auction (estimate: £250,000 - £300,000). Another significant bike on offer is a 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow. This award-winning, fully restored, matching numbers machine was first registered in October 1952 and has also enjoyed only four owners from new (estimate: £65,000 - £75,000).

A full list of auction offerings, along with a digital copy of the auction catalogue is available online at rmauctions.com or by calling RM’s London office on +44 20 7851 7070. For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and all the auction action will stream live at rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.

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