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RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the largest auction house in the world specialising in collector cars. As market leaders, since their foundation in 1976 they have transformed the global market for automobile auctions, raising their status to premium events to compare with auctions of fine art. In February 2015, RM Auctions formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s to become RM Sotheby’s.

They host auctions across North America and Europe, attracting buyers and sellers from around the world, representing over 60 countries. The locations of their American auctions span the United States and include Monterey, California; Hershey, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; and Amelia Island, Florida. Since 2007, RM Sotheby’s has held sales in Europe, in locations ranging from London to Maranello. Their European calendar now includes auctions in Monaco during the weekend of the Grand Prix de Monaco, and at Retromobile week, Paris.

RM Sotheby’s employs the world’s largest team of dedicated car specialists, who combine over 530 years of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring prestige automobiles. RM holds four of the top ten all-time records for the most valuable motor cars to be sold at auction.

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1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe

First year of the 911 SNumbers-matching; fully restored in its original colorsExtensive Porsche Club Racing history Porsche Certificate of Authenticity Completed on 13 June 1967, this 911 S was factory-equipped with the optional Webasto heater, an outside rear-view mirror, a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio with the speaker/antenna package, and fitted with Dunlop tires. Finished in Slate Gray over black, the Porsche was then delivered to Joan Ruggiero of Hollywood, California, on 18 August. The desirable short-wheelbase coupe passed through several West Coast owners, during which time it was converted to a race car, entering vintage and Porsche Club of America Club events. The interior and trim were removed, and a full roll-cage and safety fuel cell installed. Dale Thero of Denver, Colorado, bought the car in 1995, painted it Viper Green, and would race it in this form for more than 18 years, competing with Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, PCA Club Racing, and autocrosses. In 2012, described as being very straight, the 911 was purchased by its current owner, who commissioned a complete restoration back to its original form by a local Porsche specialist. The rollbar was carefully removed, the fuel cell replaced with a correct gas tank, and a full new interior from Autos International was installed. Since many hard-to-find parts had been removed during its conversion, a 1967 912 donor car was acquired to obtain some of the trim, radio, and other critical detail components. All the instruments were rebuilt by North Hollywood Speedometer. Offered in its highly desirable original factory color combination of Slate Gray over Black leatherette, this nicely restored first-year 911 S is supplied with new period-correct tires, Blaupunkt radio, correct Weber 40IDS3C triple-throat carburetors, and extensive records and documentation. A Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the original Kardex are also included on file. It is ready for club-level concours as well as entertaining driving enjoyment.Read more

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Porsche’s largest-displacement normally aspirated 911One of only 600 examples Offered from the first ownerJust over 4,500 miles recordedRecent major service in September 2016 Porsche’s GT3 RS 4.0 was the last 911 based on the original 996/997 platform and is the most powerful normally aspirated flat-six ever offered by the German automaker. The four-liter, four-cam engine produces 500 bhp at 8,250 rpm and tremendous torque, a whopping 339 foot-pounds. A new intake manifold, new higher-flow air filters within carbon-fiber housings, less-restrictive catalytic converters to reduce exhaust back pressure, Variocam-Plus variable valve timing, and a two-stage variable induction system all help produce a stunning 125 hp per liter. Porsche put the existing GT3 on a diet, trimming an additional 22 lbs. through the use of carbon-fiber front fenders and trunk lid, titanium connecting rods, and lighter interior trim. There are a multitude of sophisticated electromechanical systems aboard that can control traction and adjust suspension settings almost instantaneously. This beautiful example is finished in Carrara White with a black and red leather interior, accentuated by numerous additional carbon-fiber interior trim pieces and distinctive 4.0 trim. It is fitted with six airbags, automatic climate control, a security system, and a high-end entertainment system. Exclusive options include sun visors trimmed in Alcantara, carbon rear center console, and an aluminum driver’s footrest. The car was also optioned with the Front Axle Lifting System to help prevent scraping the front spoiler on steep driveways. Capable of astounding over-the-road performance, this GT3 RS 4.0 also features Porsche’s optional track-proven PCCB carbon-ceramic brakes with power assist, applied through six-piston alloy calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The 19-inch-diameter multi-spoked light-alloy wheels are 9 inches wide up front, and a full foot wide in back. They have been powder-coated white to match the body; this is the only cosmetic change from new. The Porsche was originally delivered to McKenna Porsche in Norwalk, California, in December 2011. The current, and first private owner acquired the car in 2013 with only 116 miles and had the RS 4.0 titled in New York in October of that year. Today, the odometer shows just 4,543 miles. Although this car was originally built without Porsche’s comprehensive navigation system, an OEM unit was installed by Manhattan Motorcars in New York City, which also recently performed a four-year service that included all filters, fluids, and spark plugs at a cost of $4,400. Properly maintained and garaged since new, the Porsche has never been tracked or abused. It is supplied with a its original radio, car cover, trickle charger, additional rubber floor mats, as well as a Certificate of Authenticity, original factory documentation (including its original window sticker), and service records from Manhattan Motorcars. Only 600 examples of the GT3 RS 4.0 were built, and many were quickly acquired by private collections. Here is a rare opportunity to acquire a very desirable high-performance Porsche, the last of the free-breathing 911s.Read more

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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

Offered from the original owner; only 1,188 miles One of 918 built and 294 delivered to the U.S.Optioned with the Front Axle Lift SystemRecent service by Porsche of Walnut Creek, California The 918 Spyder was Porsche’s second production sports car (the Carrera GT being the first) whose chassis was almost entirely constructed of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composite, creating an extremely strong and rigid structure. However, it is what is beneath the skin that makes the 918 one of the most desirable sports cars ever created. The 918’s drivetrain consists of an exotic and very compact all-alloy water-cooled engine nominally based on those used in the company’s hugely successful RS Spyder LMP2 Le Mans racing prototypes. The normally aspirated 90-degree V-8, capable of spinning to more than 9,000 rpm, features a flat-plane crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, four valves per cylinder, and dry-sump lubrication. The unusual top-exiting exhaust system reduces operating temperatures. Porsche’s patented Variocam intake system and direct fuel injection help produce an impressive 608 hp, which works out to a mind-boggling 133 horsepower per liter of displacement. If that is not enough power, bringing the 918’s two electric motors into the fray – one partnered with the V-8, the other providing drive to the front axle – brings an additional 284 horses to the party, for a total of 887 hp and 944 pavement-melting foot-pounds of torque. Power is transmitted to the ground through Porsche’s innovative dual-clutch (Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or “PDK” for short) seven-speed transmission that can be operated manually or automatically. The driver can select from among five drive choices via a switch on the steering wheel: The liquid-cooled 312-cell 6.8 KwH lithium-ion energy storage system alone yields a range of about 18 miles in E-drive; “Hybrid” activates an economical combination of electric and the combustion engine; “Sport Hybrid” makes the V-8 engine the primary power source, and “Race Hybrid” provides maximum performance. There is also a “Hot Lap” option for brief bursts of extreme power. Zero to 60 mph arrives in less than 2.5 seconds, and the top speed is a claimed 211 mph. Stopping power is immense; Porsche’s huge carbon-ceramic disc brakes with Acid Green-painted calipers behind special light-alloy center-lock rims – 20 inches by 9.5 in front, and 21 inches by 12.5 in the rear – are among the best, if not the best, on the planet. The 918 also features Porsche’s Active Aerodynamic system of adjustable aerodynamic elements, including a rear wing, a pair of under-floor flaps in the nose, and flaps in the headlamp area. Their positions vary from optimal efficiency to maximum downforce, all linked electronically to the operating modes of the hybrid drive system. Ordered from Porsche of Walnut Creek, California, on 23 March 2011, this incredibly sophisticated high-performance Porsche is the 89th to leave the factory and one of the first 918 Spyders sold in the United States. It is believed to be the first delivered in California. Finished in stunning Basalt Black Metallic paint (Z4) with an Onyx Black interior, highlighted by Acid Green piping (53) and Acid Green seat belt accent stripes (XGX), it was also ordered with Porsche’s optional electro-pneumatic front-end lift system (474). The car was delivered on 13 August 2013 to its first and only owner, a resident of the Bay Area, then was displayed at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This wonderful 918 has been properly maintained since delivery almost three years ago and was last serviced by Porsche of Walnut Creek in April of 2017. It is supplied with all its original tools, accessories, and documentation. With fewer than 300 examples having been sold in the United States, this 918 Spyder presents a rare opportunity for the astute collector to acquire a brilliant example of Porsche’s 21st century engineering expertise – an automobile offering the utmost combination of performance, comfort, and style.Read more

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1965 Shelby GT350

A Shelby American company car and Western dealer demonstratorRemarkable original, unrestored condition, including original drivetrainFilled with amazing preserved detailsFormerly part of several noted private Shelby collectionsThe ideal GT350 for the connoisseur of original muscle Completed by Shelby American on 29 June 1965, this GT350 was assigned as a company car to Jack Khoury. It was subsequently shipped through Shelby’s famed Hi-Performance Motors of El Segundo, California, to Kansas City dealer Broadway Motors as their demonstrator, then to the Horn-Williams Motor Company of Dallas, reportedly for the same use and now equipped with a radio. The car was subsequently purchased by its first private owner, an Army officer, then passed to Harry M. Strawser Jr., of Arkansas, and in 1969 to Ray Kitten. The car has a “#13” decal in the rear window, reportedly from an exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1964, where the Army officer purportedly bought the car. After known further Arkansas history, the car was purchased in 1991 by Bob Gaines, returning it to Kansas City. Len Perham of Saratoga, California, was the GT350’s next owner, passing it in 2006 to Shelby historian Colin Comer, in whose ownership it won the Chairman’s Award in Division 3 Concours at SAAC-31 in Virginia that same year. It was then sold to Howard Cox of Southlake, Texas, then passed in 2008 to Chad Odom, before joining its current owner’s noted Shelby collection, having been sourced by his good friend, Carroll Shelby. The car remains remarkably original, including at least 80 percent of its factory Wimbledon White paint, with a spectacular patina, on all of the original undamaged sheet metal. The original Shelby “confidential number” on the right front fender well is among the clearest that has been seen, and appears elsewhere throughout the car, with all numbered components matching. Even the original hood is in remarkable condition. Further, the car retains its original engine and properly date-coded T10 aluminum transmission, as well as the original master cylinder, valve covers, intake manifold, carburetor, fan, and radiator. Correct tires are mounted on the 15-inch Cragar wheels. The seats were reupholstered some years ago, and the rear package tray is a reproduction, as are the oil pressure gauge and line. Otherwise this Shelby is much as it left the factory, with originality that is, if not unparalleled, almost impossible to match, down to the Shelby decal on a rear quarter panel and the Detroit Locker installation sticker inside the trunk lid. It is among the most pure GT350s on the market today, and an ideal car for the Shelby enthusiast who knows originality when he sees it.Read more

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1963 Shelby 289 Cobra "CSX 2075"

Reportedly one of three cars independently built to Dragonsnake specificationOne of the very first Cobras to be equipped with a 289 V-8Long period history in SCCA competition on the West CoastWonderful patina, inside and outA driver’s Cobra, to be used and enjoyed with pride According to the World Registry of Cobras and GT40s, Francis Ford Motors of Portland, Oregon, delivered Shelby Cobra no. CSX 2075 to local customer Chet McFallo. McFallo promptly converted the Cobra into what the Shelby factory referred to as a “Dragonsnake,” a Cobra built for drag-racing rather than a circuit track, with fender flares, a soft top, single four-barrel carburetor, and cheater slicks. Initially raced in the SCCA B/Sports-Production class, it was progressively modified over time to compete in other classes, including eventual passes in C/Altered runs that reportedly set unofficial records. One of the car’s engines during this period was a 289 V-8—actually taken from a Gurney-Eagle!—making this one of the very first Cobras (reportedly the second) to have a 289 dropped under the hood . . . and probably one of the most powerful. Jim Kirby acquired the car in May of 1971 and converted it back to street specifications. Three years later, it was owned briefly by Stephen Monaco, next passing to Gary Kadrmas of Portland, Oregon, who performed a full restoration. The car was finished in black with smaller rear fender flares, while the hood scoop, roll bar, and five-spoke American Racing wheels of its competition days remain to this day. The 289 was fitted with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, and a Hurst shifter was added to the interior. The current owner acquired CSX 2075 directly from Shelby American, through his friendship with Carroll Shelby. Today, CSX 2075 wears its years of driving enjoyment with pride, with charming patina to its 1970s repaint and its original black interior, showing that many thrilling miles have been traveled behind the wheel. It is an evocative presentation, similar to how many of these cars appeared during their competition days, down to a Hurst transmission line-lock. Under the hood, the chassis number stamping is still visible on the frame rail. The dashboard contains correct Stewart-Warner gauges, and bears Carroll Shelby’s famous signature, while what appears to be the original spare wire wheel is mounted in the trunk. A Cobra to be used and enjoyed, this car looks as much fun as it is. It is ready for the next road rally or tour that its new owner wishes to undertake, savoring American grunt on the open road or a quarter-mile at a time.Read more

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1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible
Specifications:\n\n164bhp, 260 cu. in. V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108"\n\nIntroduced in 1964, the Mustang created an overnight nationwide sensation. It offered a winning combination of sporty performance, personal luxury, and fresh styling that spawned a new ‘ponycar’ market and encouraged stiff competition from Detroit’s other major automakers. Part of Mustang’s appeal – in addition to its trim size and sparkling performance – was the broad options list. A buyer could specify anything from a relatively tame six-cylinder coupe to a fully equipped convertible with one of three high-performance V8 engines. While Ford projected first year sales of around 100,000, this mark was reached in a mere four months, making the Mustang’s introduction the most successful in automotive history. By 1966, one million Mustangs were being driven on American roads and to this day the Mustang is the only one of the original ponycars, Camaro and Firebird included, to have remained in continuous production since its introduction.\n\nWhile relatively little is known of this particular Mustang Convertible’s history, it received a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration to a high, professional standard and as supported by its serial number, is powered by a 260 cubic inch V8 engine. In keeping with the balance of the Davis Collection, the cosmetic and mechanical quality and condition of this Mustang is highly presentable and thoroughly impressive. The car is attractively finished in red with a white convertible top and matching interior. Virtually every element, from the exterior trim to the engine compartment exhibits a period-correct finish with proper detailing. With the exception of the wheel covers with simulated knock-off hubs, relatively few options are present.\n\nLee Iacocca, the ‘father’ of the Mustang, once remarked, “for me, the excitement in the automobile business is to do something different; to pioneer a new concept and to win”. In championing the Mustang project, Iacocca had certainly produced something entirely different – a new American car that has remained a consistent winner in every conceivable competitive and road-going venue. This example stands as testament to this pioneering spirit and, as a handsomely restored ‘641/2 Convertible, offers the enthusiast an authentic, original glimpse of the Mustang’s formative years.\n\nChassis no. 5F08F129084 RM Sotheby's
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Convertible
148 bhp, 2,912 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 91.7"\n\n- Low-mileage example\n- Recent restoration, fully detailed\n- Complete with factory-installed electric overdrive\n\nDonald Healey’s four-cylinder Healey Hundred was a sensation at the 1952 London Motor Show, impressing Austin’s Leonard Lord, who promptly put it into production as the Austin-Healey. Successively upgraded, it received six-cylinder power in 1956, but it was the three-liter 3000 Mark III of 1964-1968 that became the archetypal “Big Healey.”\n\nCompleted on June 1, 1964 and dispatched from the works two days later, this 3000 Mark III convertible was built to left-hand drive North American specification and consigned to Donald Healey & Company in Warwick, UK. As supplied, it was painted in Colorado Red, with red upholstery and a black convertible top. Options included the adjustable steering column, black tonneau cover, a heater and electric overdrive.\n\nA former owner had it restored by the Rolls-Royce dealer in New York. Within the last three years, the current owner has upgraded and detailed it, changing to a negative-ground electrical system and installing solid state electronic components like a fuel pump, MSD ignition and an automatic pre-lube system. A new top was fitted in tan Stayfast, and the trunk was lined in carpet matching the interior. An Optima battery is installed, and the factory tool kit is with the car. The original black top and tonneau cover were retained and are in good condition. The mileage shows as 38,000, believed to be correct based on examination of wear-prone components, but this cannot be confirmed with certainty.\n\nThe car is immaculate, inside and out. Showing no rust, it is as clean underneath as on top, and the engine compartment is sanitary and well detailed. White side coves provide a nice accent to the red body, nicely set off with chrome wire wheels. First in Class at the June 2010 CP of Colorado Concours d’Elegance, it is offered with a Heritage Certificate and full documentation. Big Healeys are addictive. The low moan of a straight six and spirited motoring just inches off the ground give a rush to drivers of all ages.\n\nPlease note that this vehicle was built in 1964 but titled in 1965. Addendum Please note this vehicle was built in 1964, but titled as a 1965.\n\nChassis no. H-BJ8-L/27063 RM Sotheby's
This rare example is in good condition, and appears to be complete and intact. It features an opening hood, detailed engine compartment and undercarriage, working headlights and brakes, crank windows and a leather interior. RM Sotheby's
1971 Porsche 911T RSR Conversion
Specifications:\nEst. 125 hp at 5,800 rpm,\n2.2-liter engine, Zenith carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension,\nfour-wheel Ate solid disc\nbrakes. Wheelbase: 87.1"\n\nThe Porsche we have the pleasure of offering here features a custom made RSR body similar to the Van Lennep Le Mans race car successfully campaigned in the period. Utilizing the original 911 chassis, molded coachwork adorns what was a 70,000-mile original example that retains its matching numbers original 2.2-liter engine, five-speed gearbox and rear end. We understand that most of those miles were also put on prior to the current owner acquired the Porsche in the early 1980s; since then it has been driven only sparingly and shown on limited occasions.\nRecent work in preparing the Porsche for the auction included new stainless steel brake lines, new rear shocks, new plugs, new spark plug wires, air and fuel filters. The vendor reports that the Porsche displays no cracks in the bodywork whatsoever, and that it has a beautiful exterior finish as shown in the dramatic Porsche “Signal Red”. The interior is related to be in equally presentable condition with the carpet in excellent condition and matching the original RSR interior panels very nicely. An additional feature includes the rare Millennium racing steering wheel similar to Peter Greg’s wheel from when he raced for Brumos Porsche. While not pictured on the car presently, the owner relates that a set of Fuchs Alloy wheels will accompany the car in its sale.\nThe enthusiast owner, a PCA member for over 35 years, has shown it at many classic Porsche Concours events and Historic Rallye events; however, the RSR Conversion has never been raced on the track. Despite this, it is complete with the very rare Recaro seats and “Sabelt” harness and FIA Approved roll bar.\nWhile it could participate in historic racing, it has never been track raced, having been made as a show car for historic display purposes only. Truly, a “must have” car for the collector, vintage racer or Porsche enthusiast.\n\nChassis no. 9111102440 RM Sotheby's
Two Original Mille Miglia Route Markers
Original markers include a Club della Mille Miglia and an XX Mille Miglia (1953).\nOriginal, shows some losses to paint.\n\nFRENCHTEXT\n\nDEUX PANNEAUX ROUTIERS MILLE MIGLIA ORIGINAUX\n\nPanneaux originaux d’époque dont un Club della Mille Miglia et un XX Mille Miglia (1953)\nEtat original, légère déperdition de peinture. RM Sotheby's
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