Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to dream a little, and there are certainly plenty of dream classics set to be offered as part of RM Sotheby’s next two auctions
RM Sotheby’s kicks off its 2023 sales in Arizona on January 26 with an eclectic mix of high-end classics ranging from pre-war vehicles to modern, era-defining supercars, followed on February 1 by its 10th anniversary Paris sale at the new location of Salles du Carrousel in Louvre Palace, right in the heart of the French capital.
Clearly these are sales for those with deeper pockets; in Arizona, 15 cars carry estimates at or over $1,000,000, with 28 estimates at or over $500,000. A 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra is expected to sell for as much as $3,600,000 (£2,950,000), with a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV close behind with a top estimate of $3,500,000 (£2,900,000).
However, it’s a quartet of modern-era supercars that really stand out, with a 1992 Ferrari F40 that’s covered a mere 12,239 miles carrying an estimate of $2,200,000-$2,800,000 (£1,800,000-£2,300,000), and a fellow Italian in the shape of a 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition showing only 155 miles set to make $750,000-$1,000,000 (£600,000-£850,000). In addition, a 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT could sell for as much as $2,000,000 (£1,650,000), with a stunning 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort set to do likewise. In contrast, a short-chassis 1931 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan by LeBaron represents pre-war prestige, and is estimated at $1,000,000-$1,300,000 (£850,000-£1,050,000).
At the other end of the price scale, there are several rather more modest no-reserve entries. These include a 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9, a 1936 MG NB Magnette and a 1975 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia, though all are expected to go for more than $50,000 (£41,000).
In the Paris sale, headliners include a 2020 McLaren Senna LM, a 2022 Bugatti Chiron and a 1991 Ferrari F1 car driven by Jean Alesi, but there’s a host of older classic exotica too. These include a quartet of Italian-designed beauties: a 1972 Iso Grifo Targa Series II, a 1964 Lamborghini 350 GT by Touring, a 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder by Ghia, and a 1963 OSCA 1600 GT by Zagato.
However, it’s not just Italian marques set to star, with an ex-Works 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 being offered at an estimated €350,000-€400,000 (£310,000-£340,000). You’ll also find an iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 in the ‘007’ specification Silver Birch over black, estimated at €680,000-€780,000 (£600,000-£650,000), plus a delightful 1951 Porsche 356 ‘Split-Window’ Coupe that could make as much as €550,000 (£470,000).
The no-reserve entries this time out include a 1975 Range Rover, a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, amongst others. For both auction catalogues, see rmsothebys.com – even if it’s just to ponder what you might spend a lottery win on.