Enthusiasts and discerning car collectors now stands an exceptional opportunity to grab some of the rarest, best of category examples, and hand-picked selection of approximately 80 automotive icons, classics that have actually transcended the collector car hobby, at the RM Auctions’ Arizona sale on 18th January, 2013, held annually at the beautiful and majestic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Headlining early entries is a
1). 1965 Ford GT40
Price Estimate: $2,400,000-$3,000,000
One of 31 GT40 Mark I road cars whose construction was completed in 1965, this well-documented vehicle with competition modifications has been sympathetically restored and beautifully maintained. It’s described to be an important benchmark in the development of the modern mid-engine supercar, and is known for its racing supremacy over Ferrari’s dominant Scuderia.
Finished in Pine Green color, this ultra-rare 1965 Ford GT40 that actually revolutionized America’s stance in the supercar segment is expected to fetch as much as $3 million at the sale.
2). 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster
Price Estimate: $1,220,000-$1,600,000
With coachwork by Derham, this real and original 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster is being offered from the collection of John Pascucci. Known to be Gordon Buehrig’s favorite Duesenberg, this tourster with engine #J-423 comes with 8-cylinder engine, 3-speed manual transmission, beam type front and live rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and vacuum assisted 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
3). 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 R
Price Estimate: $750,000-$950,000
Known to be one those rare automotive icons that have transcended the collector car hobby, the 1956 Shelby Mustang GT350 R which is one of 34 production R-models built, and comes with known ownership history and multiple SAAC awards will be offered with an estimated price tag of $750,000-$950,000.
Described to be minimally raced and a very original example, this car also comes faithfully restored and serviced by a noted marque expert.
4). 1962 Shelby ‘Factory Competition-Speciffication’ Cobra
Price Estimate: $750,000-$950,000
Originally owned by Grand Prix driver and Scarab founder Lance Reventlow, this 1962 Shelby ‘Factory Competition-Speciffication’ Cobra with chassis no. CSX 2032 comes with known ownership history from new, and boasts superb, concours quality presentation with numerous purposeful upgrades.
5). 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Convertible Roadster
Price Estimate: $550,000-$750,000
With coachwork by Lebaron, this 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Convertible Roadster is only one of the nine ever built and one of six known to exist, is a consistent award-winner including 2000 Pebble Beach Best in Class. This magnificent LeBaron Convertible Roadster comes with meticulous 100 point restoration by Stone Barn Restorations, and is eligible for all CCA concours and CARavans.
6). 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Corto Spider
Price Estimate: $500,000-$700,000
With coachwork in the style of touring, this 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Corto Spider built for showing and touring with ease and style. Described to be ex-Bill Jacobs and Gene Ponder, this classic Alfa Romeo with beautifully executed coachwork to concours standards with engine no. 823203 is expected to fetch as much as $700,000, and will bring pride and satisfaction to owner.
7). 1953 Allard Jr ‘Le Mans’ Roadster
Price Estimate: $350,000-$450,000
One of only 7 Allard Jrs ever built, this historic 1953 Roadster, registered NLN 650, was notably one of the two factories entries to the 24 Hours Le Mans in 1953, and was driven 145.35 mph by Zora Arkus-Duntov down the Mulssane Straight. Described to be the epitome of early fifties sports car design with their slim alloy bodywork, cycle fenders, flash knock-off mounted wire wheels, and huge power plants.
8). 1968 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2
Price Estimate: $275,000-$375,000
One of the 247 examples produced from 1966-1968, this 1968 Lamborghini 40GT 2+2 in elegant black-on-black combination which has been recently detailed and mechanically sorted will be offered by RM Auctions with a pre-sale estimate of $275,000-$375,000. With coachwork by Carrozzeria touring, this 400GT shows minor signs of aging, and is described as an attractive example of Lamborghini’s 2+2 tourer.
9). 1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine
Price Estimate: $120,000 -$150,000
The American Presidential limousines are quite well known in the collectors circle. And, this 1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine offered by RM Auctions is also expected to fetch handsome prices.
This limousine in remarkable original condition was for the Mamie Duod Eisenhower, First Lady of the 34th President of the U.S., and notably served both as a formal and parade vehicle.
10). 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe
Price Estimate: $300,000-$350,000
Regarded as the most desirable luxury Mercedes luxury car of the 1950s, the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe being offered at the sale is notably one of only 98 coupes produced. With single ownership from the last 15 years, this example comes with factory installed radio and original engine, and is a big, cushy, comfortable means of high speed transport for four people.
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