RM Sotheby's

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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Record-breaking sales for Porsche at RM Sotheby's
RM Sotheby's sale on 7th September, featured a record-setting single-owner Porsche collection along side their stellar lot of the sale, an Aston Martin DB4GT.
Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type most expensive British automobile ever be sold at auction
A Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type became the most expensive British automobile to ever be sold at auction, as the model reached a staggering £16.63 million ($21.78 million) at RM Sotheby's on 19th August, 2016.
Over 90 collectable cars at RM Sotheby's 18th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance sale
RM Sotheby's, the largest collector car auction house, will be celebrating their 18th annual sale at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on 12th with a catalogue of over 90 blue-chip collector cars.
Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster set to sell for $10 million at RM Sotheby's Arizona Biltmore auction
RM Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles is set to lift the gavel on some 149 hand-selected motor cars from some of the world's most iconic automotive marques when its 17th annual Arizona sale returns to Phoenix, January 28-29.
2015: A golden year for auction records
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1968 Ferrari 330 GTC by Pininfarina
Retains its original engine and gearbox\nFerrari Classiche certified\nPresented in original colour scheme of Grigio Argento over Nero leather interior\nIn receipt of a comprehensive full mechanical and bodywork restoration in 2011\n\nThe mid- to late-1960s arguably represented the zenith of Ferrari road car design, with the performance and poise of sporting models such as the 275 GTS and 275 GTB contrasting with the comfort and practicality of long-distance tourers such as the 330 GT 2+2 and 500 Superfast. The 330 GTC represented a compromise between the two extremes, philosophically sitting somewhere between the 275 GTB and 330 GT 2+2, whilst aesthetically taking styling cues from both the 275 GTS and the Superfast.\n\nChassis number 11089 was completed at Maranello in March 1968, finished in Grigio Argento (1443030 A.It.) over a Pelle Nera Franzi (NR2) leather interior, and was dispatched to the Milanese Ferrari agent M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. shortly thereafter. While its first owner is not known, by the early 1970s, the car was in the custody of Swissair pilot Rolf Schneeberger of Dietlikon, Switzerland.\n\nIn 1977, the car was sold to Nobil Kassataly, an American living in Switzerland. Kassataly would continue to own 11089 for the next 29 years, and indeed transported the car with him when he moved back to the East Coast of the United States in 1978, and once again when he moved to Scotland in 1987. In 2006, Kassataly finally decided to part with the car and it was sold—with a newly rebuilt engine—via respected Ferrari authority Axel Urban to Dr Andreas Kunicki of Neuss, Germany, in 2007.\n\nFour years into Dr Kunicki’s ownership, the car was comprehensively restored with great care being taken to preserve the car’s wonderful patina—in particular that of the interior. Extensive bodywork, mechanical and electrical repairs were carried out, the details of which are fully documented on file and are supported by the appropriate invoices and photographs.\n\nIn 2014, chassis number 11089 was sold to England, prior to acquisition by the vendor in December 2015. Since then, in excess of £20,000 has been spent with marque specialists Thornley Kelham. Recent work carried out included a comprehensive suspension overhaul, refurbishment of the braking and clutch systems, renewal of fuel lines, extensive electrical repairs and troubleshooting, including fitment of new Carello headlights and associated wiring, and renewal of carpets throughout the car. Again, all work performed is fully documented, with copies of all invoices held on file.\n\nOne of only 600 GTCs constructed between 1966 and 1968, 11089 represents a wonderfully preserved example of this eminently usable and elegant grand tourer. Supported by Ferrari Classiche certification, original factory build sheet and historical dossier by marque expert Marcel Massini—and having benefited from single ownership for almost 30 years of its life—it is unlikely that a more correct GTC is currently available.\n\nChassis no. 11089\nEngine no. 11089\nGearbox no. 843 I/R RM Sotheby's
1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster
Specifications:\nModel 840, 120bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 140.5"\n\nPackard Motor Car Company introduced its Eighth Series cars on August 14, 1930. Manifolds and valves from 1930’s Speedster engine had been adopted across the board, resulting in a horsepower boost to 100 for the 319.2 cubic inch Standard Eight, and 120 on the 384.8 cubic inch Deluxe models. Discontinuation of the Speedster left the Roadster as the most sporting model; in the Deluxe 840 line, this was a rumble seat model using a Style 472 Packard-built body.\n\nMeanwhile, the deepening Depression took its toll. While more than 6,000 Deluxe Eights had been produced in the 1930 model year, a scant 2,016 were built for 1931, nearly three quarters of them before the end of calendar 1930. Sales, however, could not keep up with supply. When the more streamlined Ninth Series 1932 models were introduced in June 1931, the factory began producing kits to update unsold 1931s to the new look to help dealers reduce inventories.\n\nThe current owner purchased this car from John Mozart in 1994, at which time the odometer showed 14,565 miles. Mozart had acquired it from the Imperial Palace, which had in turn bought it from the McGowan brothers of Branford, Connecticut. The McGowans obtained it in 1979 from H. Ross Strohecker of New Castle, Pennsylvania, who bought it in 1945.\n\nThe car was delivered on February 23, 1931, reportedly through a dealer in Wheeling, West Virginia. At some point it received a 1932-style grille, horns and bumpers, the dealer-installed modifications Packard made available to update the appearance of 1931 cars. One account places it with the Mellon family, who also owned a Packard coupe of the same vintage.\n\nThe McGowans gave the car a complete restoration; their initials are still on its doors. The current owner had the engine and transmission overhauled in 1996-97. The carburetor has recently been replaced with a cast bronze reproduction unit. In 2004, the differential was converted to high-speed gears for long-distance touring. The speedometer has been converted to metric gearing, and presently shows 30,700 kilometers (19,187 miles). Re-conversion to miles would be a simple matter. An electric fuel pump has been added in series with the original mechanical unit.\n\nThe car comes complete with its original trunk, mounted on the luggage rack, a chrome stone guard (not presently installed), Optima battery and a single Pilot Ray driving lamp that turns with the front wheels. It has a tailor-made car cover for storage, and a canvas top, side curtains and full cockpit cover. When not in use, it has been stored in a humidity-controlled garage.\n\nRallied extensively in France, Germany and Switzerland, it participated in the 1998 FIVA Paris-Reims-Burgundy-Orleans-Paris rally. In 2003, it received a first prize at the Concours d’Elegance at the Raid Basel – Paris, where it was judged both before and during a circuitous tour through Basel.\n\nIt has attended many meetings of the Swiss Packard Club, has full Swiss papers and is registered in Switzerland as a Veteran Car. All duties and taxes have been paid in Switzerland, and it is FIVA-registered. It is an excellent example of a well-restored and cared-for car restored to original condition. Although the exterior restoration is some 20 years old, the car looks and feels new and will delight its next owner.\n\nChassis no. 188801 RM Sotheby's
1960 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
36 bhp (SAE), air-cooled, horizontally-opposed 1,192 cc four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with kingpins, transverse torsion bars and upper and lower trailing arms, rear swing axles with trailing arms and torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"\n\n- Complete, show-quality restoration\n- Complete with the original owner’s handbook and tool kit\n\nWithout a doubt, the most influential compact car to land on U.S. soil was the Volkswagen Beetle, affectionately nicknamed the “Bug” by a smitten American public. Officially known as the Type 1 Sedan, the Beetle evolved from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s prewar KdF-Wagen.\n\nConceived from the early experiments of Project 12 at the Porsche facility, engineers settled on a revolutionary rear-mounted engine layout and a simple yet effective platform chassis. The car underwent countless revisions, and 30 prototypes were built by 1935. Eventually, the Series 38 design embodied the Beetle, much as we know it today. Produced from 1938 through 2003, the Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle was remarkably similar in concept to the Ford Model T – an affordable “people’s car” of attractive design, economical operation and reliable construction.\n\nIn many ways, the years 1958 to 1964 were perhaps the greatest in VW’s history. Success in the American market, a trendsetting advertising campaign and the development of a worldwide distribution chain all contributed to the Beetle’s massive surge in popularity. During this period, the Beetle matured, becoming far more practical and user-friendly than before. Motor Trend editors and testers agreed, describing the improved Beetle as “a car that breaks sharply with tradition, and does so with undeniable competence.”\n\nThe Beetle presented here continues to benefit from a show-quality restoration of a solid and original car. Finished in Ceramic Green with a Stone Beige interior, convertible top and boot, the Beetle is powered by a correct 1,200 cc engine with a correct oil-bath air cleaner and a 6-volt electrical system. Other features include a working Sapphire AM radio as well as a new steering wheel and VW-scripted rear mudguards. Offered complete with the original owner’s handbook and tool kit, this 1960 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet is a wonderful and enjoyable example of one of the most influential automobiles ever produced.\n\nChassis no. 2916717 RM Sotheby's
The Mudlark
Vintage movie poster, 1951, 20th Century Fox, in good condition, shrink wrapped. Sheet: 41 x 27 inches. RM Sotheby's
1955 Ford Thunderbird
198 bhp, 292 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension, solid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel power-operated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.\n\nOffered from the collection of Jeffrey Day\nA high-quality restoration of a “year one” Thunderbird\nFinished in its rare original color of Goldenrod Yellow\n\nIn the early 1950s, a small team of designers at Ford Motor Company, headed by Franklin Q. Hershey, was given the green light to move forward with a bold new design. By the spring of 1952, the group became keenly aware that General Motors was designing a two-seat sports car of its own. The Chevrolet Corvette beat Ford to the punch when GM introduced it at the Waldorf Astoria’s Motorama in January 1953. It wasn’t until one year later, at the February 20, 1954, Detroit Auto Show, that Ford’s new entry was introduced. It was called the Thunderbird, and it was a “personal luxury car,” establishing a new market segment and spawning many competitors.\n\nThe first production car rolled off the line on September 9, 1954, and when enough cars were produced, Ford introduced the car to the public on October 22. Dealers reportedly received 4,000 deposits, prompting the company to revise its sales estimates upward. Standard features found on the car were power steering, brakes, and windows and a four-way seat, as well as an available radio, a heater, and the choice of a three-speed manual or Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. With a gutsy 292-cubic inch V-8 under the hood, the power to effortlessly cruise the new interstates of America was instantly available.\n\nAs a result of its clean styling, creature comforts, and V-8 engine, the Thunderbird triumphed over the early Corvette’s novel fiberglass construction, anemic six-cylinder engine, and sports car austerity. The Thunderbird trounced the Corvette in its first year of production, with 16,155 total units to the Corvette’s 700.\n\nThe car offered here was built in Dearborn, and according to its original trim tag, it was originally finished in Goldenrod Yellow with a black and yellow vinyl interior. It has been restored in those striking and very rare colors and to a very high standard of fit and finish. The paint and chrome are both in fine condition with no imperfections, aside from light scratching on the windshield post. Both of the doors line up perfectly with the body lines, and all of the panels are straight down the sides. A look at the undercarriage shows that it has been restored to concours-quality, and the under-hood finish is clean, with the addition of a 12-volt electrical system and modern hoses and clamps to improve the car’s modern drivability.\n\nOptions throughout the car include a power seat, power windows, a Ford-O-Matic transmission, a newer AM/FM/cassette radio mounted in the dashboard, rear fender skirts, Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels shod in wide whitewall bias-ply tires, and aftermarket air conditioning.\n\nThis car, presented in its original livery, which is perhaps the best color combination to find on a 1955 Thunderbird, is perfect to drive and enjoy in sunny style.\n\nChassis no. P5FH255119 RM Sotheby's
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