Refuelled and top gear selected, 2018 has now planted it’s metaphorical right foot firmly into the expensive, and rather extravagant shag-pile.
Bidders from 30 different countries will scrutinise the forthcoming RM Sotheby’s 2018 Arizona sale (18-19 January), which will attract more than 100 blue-chip automobiles from the world’s most iconic marques.
Approved and cherry picked by RM Sotheby’s international team of specialists, the catalogue showcase will cover everything from pre-war classics and contemporary super-cars to important sports and racing cars.
Being inquisitively congenital, we decided to cast our watchful eye over the lavish 2018 Arizona auction lots, and bring you some of the awesome examples that can be yours.
1954 Jaguar D-Type Works
For those with $12,000,000 – $15,000,000 lying dormant, there is a exquisite 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works. This particular curvy example was the lead car of the three Works entries prepared for Le Mans in 1954. Built with engine no. E 2003-9 and dressed in British Racing Green, it was registered as OKV 2 and delegated to the famous Jaguar drivers Stirling Moss and Peter Walker.
1965 Shelby GT350 R
A slice of classic history can be snapped up for the princely sum of $1,000,000 – $1,200,000. This knight in shining white armour was given a role by Shelby American, who assembled a high octane six car touring pack. This 1965 Shelby GT350 R was part of the now famous Cobra Caravan, held between mid-1965 and early 1966. The caravan was Shelby’s brainchild, designed to stimulate public attention.
1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimac
Classic auctions would be incomplete without the obligatory Rolls-Royce, this ‘century of sports cars auction in Arzona’ is of course no different. This Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimac ($250,000 – $300,000), has all the class any exclusive hammer could wish for.
Sotheby’s report that this Pall Mall tourer was one of 179 produced on the Springfield Silver Ghost chassis. The Rolls arrives complete with original, numbers-matching chassis / engine, with only seven owners since new. It was originally delivered on Christmas Eve of 1924 to Edward M. Winslow of Lynn, Massachusetts, descendant and namesake of a Mayflower passenger, whose palatial home on Lynn Shore Drive still stands.
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter
No show without punch, or in this case Porsche. This stunningly simple 1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter ($175,000 – $250,000), has elegance and style in more spades than your local garden shop. Early 50’s and even utilising some of the bits and pieces designed for the humble VW Beetle, it’s difficult not to fall head over heels in love with this little aerodynamic heavyweight.
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