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The cars of the 2015 7 September London RM Auction sale.

A walk around the cars of the London RM sale. Or two geeks who love cars chatting aimlessly about ones they like. You decide which!

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New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

Questa macchina è nata sotto una buona stella !

Valentino Balboni behind the wheel of the Miura SV chassis no.5014, following the first shake down of the car in Modena following the restoration.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Valentino Balboni

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Driven by Disruption: Janis Joplin’s Groovy Porsche 356

A rock and roll icon rolls into New York City. Janis Joplin’s 1964 Porsche 356 C will cross the auction block in our “Driven by Disruption” sale on December 10th. Featuring a psychedelic hand painted design and fresh from the rock and roll hall of fame, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Cutting-edge design: The idea behind the 2006 Lamborghini Concept S

Luc Donckerwolke discusses the idea behind his unique design for the 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, offered at our Driven by Disruption sale in New York City, December 10th.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Zagato Video

RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to add one of the most beautiful cars of all time, a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato to its Manhattan event.

The 14th of only 19 built, the Aston is a heady mix of the powerful DB4 clothed in Zagato’s extraordinarily attractive lightweight aluminum bodywork. An automobile with few peers, it boasts a successful period racing career and an impeccable, award-winning restoration undertaken by Carrozzeria Zagato itself. This is truly an opportunity that presents itself once in a generation.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
SCUDERIA FERRARI: 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti

Ferrari’s sports-prototype racing cars are among the most legendary in motorsport history as they epitomize the desire, passion, and mechanical brilliance that the Maranello team could bring to bear on the track. Most significantly, each and every design had Enzo’s personal handprint upon them. However, some cars are more special than others, and it is the Works cars that are considered the “Holy Grail” of Ferrari motoring.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Gullwing TdF

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Driven by Disruption: 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial

Though Ferrari is best known for its prodigious front-engine V-12 road cars, the manufacturer actually produced several models of four-cylinder sports/racers during the 1950s that are every bit as breathtaking as their more muscular siblings.

New York - Driven By Disruption 2015
Driven by Disruption – 1954 Siata 208S Spider by Motto

The Siata 208S of the mid-1950s represented a milestone in automotive concept and practice, combining cutting-edge engineering, while displaying breathtaking coachwork in a svelte package designed by Michelotti.

Following a momentous debut in 2013, RM Sotheby’s returns to New York City for the second iteration of its watershed Art of the Automobile exhibition and auction. Previously slated for November, the 2015 event will now take place December 10 in the Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries, - coinciding with one of the most spectacular times of the year in New York City.

London 2015
Bugatti EB110 SS - Chris Harris on Cars

A drive of the EB110 SS that will feature at the RM Auctions London sale 7 Sep 2015. Cannot tell you how much I want this car!

Monterey 2015
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione by Scaglietti

Monterey 2015
1950 Ferrari 275S/340 America Barchetta

The highly significant Ferrari 275S/340 America; born as one of only two 275S barchettas built, this car had a demanding racing career in Italy through 1957. It was then sold to the United States where it remained in single ownership for over thirty years, before eventually making its way back to Europe, where it has been a frequent sight at such prestigious historic racing events such as the Mille Miglia Storica.

Monterey 2015
1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder Prototype Coachwork by Ghia

Take a look at the stunning 1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Prototype, which recently emerged from nearly thirty years in storage. This example is well-documented as the first Ghibli Spyder ever produced, and the first example ever shown to the public, as confirmed by Maserati Classiche. Striking in bright Giallo with aTesta di moro interior – the same color combination it wears today – and featuring sublime styling by Ghia, it was shown at the 1968 Turin and 1969 Geneva Auto Shows to rave reviews.

Monterey 2015
Made for Mulsanne: A Very Special Jaguar C-Type

“If you had told me when I was 16 years old that someone would throw me the keys to their works Lightweight Le Mans Jaguar C-Type, I would have told you that you were absolutely crazy…but that’s exactly what happened,” says David Swig, an RM Sotheby’s car specialist.

This 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works finished fourth overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953, and is the second of only three “Works Lightweight” cars built by Jaguar.

To be offered by RM Sotheby’s at the company’s Monterey sale in August, Swig recently had the opportunity to take the car out to gather some on-road driving impressions. 

“No less than five Le Mans-winning drivers of this period have sat behind the wheel of this car,” Swig says, “which almost give you goosebumps.”

“What I love about these cars is how communicative they are on the road,” he says. “How when you’re going through a corner, you feel in the seat of your pants and through the steering wheel every little movement, every little pebble that you drive over.”

“The exhaust note is one that makes you just want to rev it and rev it,” he says.

This car is very much a piece of history, and even though it featured groundbreaking technology like four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and lightweight aluminum bodywork, it’s still a usable, drivable classic even today. 

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Monterey 2015
Monterey 2015: A Legend Comes to Auction - 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

RM Sotheby’s will present one of the most legendary racing cars in existence, a 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, chassis no. XKC 052, at its flagship Monterey sale, August 13 – 15. The second of just three factory lightweight C-Types built and clothed entirely in thin-gauge aluminum, XKC 052 boasts an incredible period racing history, including a fourth place overall finish at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans, piloted by the famed Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart. Catch a glimpse of RM car specialist David Swig behind the wheel of this motorsport achievement before it makes it way to the Portola Hotel & Spa later this summer. XKC 052’s offering at Monterey is an exceedingly rare opportunity not soon to be repeated, and represents the first ever offering of a Works Lightweight C-Type at public auction. Check back soon for the full video.

Monterey 2015
Le Mans, 1953

BBC coverage on the 1953 Le Mans. 60 starters 26 classified finishers. A young Sterling Moss among other other racing names of the time. Keep a look out for #39, Lawrence Mitchell, who came 13th overall in a Fraser Nash.

Monterey 2015
Monterey 2015: ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FERRARI COMPETITION CARS OF ALL TIME

Villa Erba 2015
The Perfectly Musical Ferrari 212 - Chris Harris on Cars

Off to the Italian hills in a perfect 212 Export Barchetta by Touring. Listen, watch and prepare to fall in love

Villa Erba 2015
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione by Scaglietti

Villa Erba 2015
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

For most motoring enthusiasts just mentioning the words “California Spider” stir up emotions of la dolce vita and the finest motoring experience that one can imagine.

 
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Villa Erba 2015
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scagliettii

For most motoring enthusiasts just mentioning the words “California Spider” stir up emotions of la dolce vita and the finest motoring experience that one can imagine.

 
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The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: J. Verbeeck 40-Key Organ with Cart

100 in. x 63 in. x 29 in.

 
This organ is a contemporary piece that is in virtually new condition. It was built by world-famous mechanical music expert Johnny Verbeeck, and it features an excellent assortment of custom-arranged book music, including whimsical examples from The Looney Tunes.

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: Weber Brabo Orchestrion, 1927

Gebr. Weber (Waldkirch, Germany)

65 in. x 103 in. x 33 in.
 
The Brabo was one of several medium-sized orchestrions built by the Weber firm. It contains the same fine-quality wooden violin pipes used in all Weber orchestrions, which provide realistic violin solos. It also includes a piano, which has an expression and mandolin attachment, and a xylophone. It plays Weber Brabo and Otero rolls, a supply of which is included, and the cabinet bears the name “Super-Creational,” which seems to reflect the excitement of when it was first sold. It was restored by Jerry Biasella in 1993 and then acquired by the Milhous Collection in the late 1990s. Several years ago, it joined the Andrews Collection.
 

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: Wurlitzer Style 157 Band Organ, 1924

Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. (North Tonawanda, New York)

150 in. x 105 in. x 44 in.
 
Among large models of Wurlitzer band organs, the Style 157 model is a rare prize. An idea of its elusive nature can be gained from the fact that Hathaway & Bowers Inc. and its successor, American International Galleries, handled only one of these, in comparison to three of the large Style 165.

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: Mortier 115-Key Dance Organ, c. 1900s

Theofiel Mortier, S.A. (Antwerp, Belgium)

432 in. x 228 in. x 60 in.
 
This exceptional dance organ was formerly part of the collection of Roy Hofheinz, the former mayor of Houston. Judge Hofheinz visited Hathaway & Bowers Inc. in California and was impressed and determined to buy, then and there, what amounted to a world-class display of coin-operated pianos, orchestrions, and organs. These were destined for the new Astroworld amusement complex; although, in time, the direction of the project changed and the park’s ownership went into other hands. This beautiful Mortier subsequently joined another Houston private collection before being acquired by the noted Milhous Collection, for whom it was restored and expanded by master organ specialist Johnny Verbeeck in Belgium prior to its acquisition for the esteemed Andrews Collection.
 

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: Gavioli 110-Key Fairground Organ

Gavioli & Cie. (Paris, France, and Waldkirch, Germany)

300 in. x 228 in. x 90 in.
 
The acclaimed Gavioli & Cie. was the largest and most successful of the French fairground organ builders, as it had 300 employees in the main factory in Paris and branches in both New York City and Waldkirch, Germany. Their organs feature gleaming ranks of brass clarinets, trumpets, and piccolos, along with the many ranks of wooden pipes.

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: Functional Ferrari Engine Dynamometer

300 bhp, 3,967 cc SOHC V-12 engine with three Weber carburetors. 126 in. x 51 in. x 59 in.

 
    - A true Ferrari factory engine dynamometer
    - Fitted with a 4.0-liter V-12 from a 330 GT 2+2
    - Fully functional and operable
 
This engine dynamometer was obtained from the Ferrari factory by Garage Francorchamps in 1953. It had been used for a further 30 years before it was acquired from the Francorchamps Collection by the previous owner in 2008. It was then subsequently purchased for the Andrews Collection, where it has been a popular focal point of their automotive display.

The Andrews Collection 2015
Andrews Collection: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Demonstration Stand

327 cu. in. V-8 engine, M-20 four-speed transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers. Wheelbase: 98 in. Used on the 1965 show circuit to demonstrate features of the new Corvette Built for GM and Chevrolet from an authentic, road-ready 1965 Coupe Fully functional display piece; sure to be a hit in any collection


The 1965 Corvette Sting Ray sitting atop this demonstration stand was not originally purpose-built for this use. It actually began its life as a road-ready early-production example that was finished in Le Mans Blue and had a white interior. When new, it was shipped to a specialty company that produced dramatic and attention-grabbing exhibits for commercial and industrial shows. There, the car was fully disassembled and rebuilt as this one-of-a-kind display stand for use by General Motors and Chevrolet on the auto show circuit.

Amelia Island 2015
Lot 160: 1988 Jaguar XJR-9

Amelia Island 2015
Lot 160: 1988 Jaguar XJR-9

Amelia Island 2015
Lot 167: 1955 Austin-Healey 100S

Amelia Island 2015
Lot 196: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Amelia Island 2015
Lot 196: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Paris 2015
Lot 153: 1969 Porsche 911 S Ex-Works

Arizona 2015
Lot 143: 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

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