The 2016 RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction Week event will present more than 100 automobiles at its annual Arizona sale, to be held January 28–29 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. The two-day auction aims to build on RM’s strongest performance at the venue to date in 2015, an event that generated $63.7 million.
Early highlights for RM’s 17th annual Arizona auction are led by a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Works ‘Long Nose’, chassis number XKD 604, the first of six works long-nose examples built for the 1956 season, the final year of Jaguar’s D-Type racing effort. Throughout 1955, the Jaguar experimental department had been developing an independent, de Dion rear suspension, along with fuel injection for petrol delivery, and decided to incorporate these innovations into the first car built for the 1956 Jaguar works team.
Following testing by Jaguar’s test engineer, Norman Dewis, XKD 604’s first competitive outing came at the Daily Express Silverstone event in May 1956; with Desmond Titterington behind the wheel, the featured Jaguar competed alongside two other works team cars. While the length of the Silverstone race did not warrant using the still novel Lucas mechanical fuel injection over the tried and true Weber carbs, XKD 604 was the only D-Type raced with an independent rear axle. At season’s end, the team cars were retired and XKD 604 was acquired by Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, where it remained in storage until the team closed its doors in 1971. The Long Nose was eventually obtained by Scotsman Jim Tester in the 1970s, and later passed onto Michael Fisher of Britain, who commissioned its restoration to original fuel-injected specification in 1986. It was then imported into the U.S. in 1992, landing with the vendor in 2004.
In recent years, the D-Type has been displayed at numerous events, including the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where it was part of the Jaguar Heritage Display, as well as at the 2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance, where it received the Featured Marque Award (Estimate available upon request).
“We’re thrilled to return to the Biltmore following what has been another record-setting year for RM Sotheby’s,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division. “Arizona represents one of our strongest venues on the auction calendar, and we’re always working to secure the most desirable, fresh-to-market vehicles for this true collector car destination. The long-nose D-Type is a perfect example, as it has not changed hands in more than a decade, and offers a number of untapped historic event participation opportunities for its next enthusiast owner.”
Additional early European highlights for the 2016 RM Sotheby’s Arizona Classic Car Week auction include an array of Ferraris spanning several decades. Leading the group is a U.S.-specification 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, chassis 14819, finished in its factory-original colors of Giallo Fly over Nero, fitted with factory air-conditioning, and having traveled less than 27,000 miles from new (Est. $700,000 – $800,000). Representing two points in the Testarossa’s evolution are a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, chassis 87482, with 4900 miles on the odometer and originally owned by Luigi Della Grotta, a friend of Enzo Ferrari’s and the first importer of Ferraris into Canada (Est. $225,000 – $300,000, offered without reserve), along with a 1995 Ferrari F512 M, chassis no. 100154, one of five delivered new to the U.S. in Giallo Modena paintwork (Est. $400,000 – $500,000). The modern era prancing horse is offered in the form of a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, chassis 182788, one of examples produced and showing 1200 miles from new (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,500,000).
RM’s 2016 Scottsdale-area sale will also present two examples of Porsche’s 911 design, each offered without reserve. The pair includes an original, well-optioned and numbers-matching 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera, chassis 9306800074, a California car finished in Grand Prix White with a Cinnamon leather interior (Est. $225,000 – $275,000); and, a 1968 Porsche 911 S ‘Soft Window’ Targa, chassis no. 11850368, the recipient of a recent restoration by marque specialists, complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (Est. $200,000 – $250,000).
For further information, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities for the Arizona sale, visit rmsothebys.com or contact an RM Sotheby’s car specialist at +1 310 559 4575.
[Source: RM Sotheby’s]