Steve McQueen Ferrari 275 GTB at 2014 RM Monterey

Steve McQueen Ferrari 275 GTB4 (photo: Tim Scott)

A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 delivered new to Steve McQueen will headline the 2014 RM Auctions Monterey sale, scheduled for August 15-16 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Convention Center in California. Finished in a shade of metallic gold called Nocciola, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 on offer, chassis 10621, was special ordered by Hollywood Sport Cars for Steve McQueen in 1967, while he was filming The Thomas Crown Affair. … [Read more...]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C – Car Profile

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/Competition

Creating a replacement for the hugely successful 250 series of Ferraris was a daunting task for the engineers at Maranello. As the 250 series was highly successful both in the showroom and on the track, it effectively etched Ferrari’s name into the automotive history books. With numerous wins at Le Mans, the Tour de France, Sebring, and Daytona, the 250 LWB TdF, the 250 SWB, the 250 LM, and the 250 GTO were the gold … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Monaco 2014 – Auction Preview

1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Franay

The RM Auctions Monaco 2014 sale will be staged 9-10 May at Le Sporting on the Côte d'Azur in Monaco. More than 80 collector cars with an emphasis on historic competition will be featured at the single-day, biennial RM Monaco auction held the same weekend as the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. A total of nine automobiles offered at the RM Auctions Monaco 2014 sale are estimated to sell for €1,000,000 or more. Three … [Read more...]

1956 Maserati 450S Prototype – Car Profile

1956 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi Prototype

In early 1956, Tony Parravano, a wealthy American housing developer, commissioned Maserati to build a new large-bore V-8 for use in a Kurtis Indy chassis. The order offered Maserati the chance to develop the V-8 project, coded Tipo 54, which had been shelved since the disastrous Le Mans accident of 1955. The project also provided a natural opportunity to try the new powerplant in Maserati’s own sports-racing chassis, … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer

RM Auctions, Place Vauban, Paris, France, February 5, 2014 RM Auctions joined the fray during Paris Retromobile week this year, setting up on Place Vauban, adjacent to L'Hotel national des Invalides and much of the military history of France. The sale's highlight was the race car collection of Australian Peter Harburg, seven cars that individually and collectively could not fail to get any historic race fan's … [Read more...]

Featured Offerings at 2014 RM Monaco Sale

1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider Side

The RM Auctions Monaco 2014 sale will be held 9-10 May at Le Sporting on the Côte d'Azur in Monaco. Sports and racing cars will be featured at the two-day, biennial RM Monaco auction staged the same weekend as the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. “As a mecca of motorsport history, our Monaco auction is a consistent favourite among clients and staff alike,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. "This year, we … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Report

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster, Body by Figoni and Falaschi

RM Auctions, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 8, 2014 Highlighted by the disposition of Greenwich, Connecticut's Malcolm S. Pray, Jr. collection, RM Auctions hit a home run at Amelia Island this year, recording a record total sale for the sixteen years they're been at Amelia Island of $35.9 million, just over a third better than the previous best set last year. The top sale, not surprisingly, was the … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Results

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster

The RM Auctions Amelia Island Concours 2014 sale was held March 8th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $35,947,500 in total sales and a 97% sell-through rate. The result is a 34% increase over 2013, with bidders from 18 countries and 20% representing new clients for RM. RM Auctions assembled 91 automobiles for the single-day auction, which again served as a prelude to … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Auction Preview

1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Roadster Side

The RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 auction will be held Saturday, March 8th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. RM Auctions has gathered more than 90 automobiles for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to this year's Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. A total of nine automobiles offered at the 16th annual RM Auctions Amelia Island sale are estimated to sell for … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2014 – Auction Report

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RM Auctions, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona January 16-17, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor RM Auctions again changed its Arizona auction format this year, offering a few more cars than last year but in two separate sessions starting in the late afternoon each day. The revised schedule overcame some of the marathon aspects of prior years, ending in time for a civilized meal or even a … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2014 – Auction Results

RM Auctions Paris

The RM Auctions Paris sale was held 5 February 2014 at Place Vauban during the week of Salon Retromobile, resulting in total sales of €17,701,680 and an 80% sell-through rate. The top result at the debut Paris sale from RM Auctions went to the 1955 Jaguar D-Type, part of the Harburg Collection, which sold for €3,696,000, establishing a new world record for a D-Type at auction. … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2014 – Auction Preview

1953 Gordini Type 24 S

The debut RM Auctions Paris sale will be held 4-5 February 2014 at Place Vauban during the week of Salon Retromobile. More than 50 automobiles will cross the podium at what is set to become an annual fixture on RM's European auction calendar. Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, said, “As ever, our objective for the Paris sale has been to bring together cars of exceptional quality. We look for only the … [Read more...]

Arizona Auction Week 2014 – Summary Report

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series 1 sold for $6,160,000

While there were records set at the Arizona auctions, they were individual benchmarks. The overall auctions’ results, reduced to a combined bottom line for Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM Auctions, Gooding and Bonhams, were modestly better, $245.3 million in 2014 up from $226.2 million in 2013, an 8.4% increase in the sales’ total, but achieved by selling slightly fewer lots, 1,837 in 2014 against 2,029, a … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2014 – Auction Results

1958 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

The RM Auctions Arizona 2014 sale was held January 16-17 on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, resulting in more than $45 million in total sales and an 85% sell-through rate. A total of ten million-dollar-plus transactions and numerous auction records were set at RM's 15th annual Arizona sale, with bidders hailing from 20 countries around the world. “RM Auctions continues to prove that … [Read more...]

Early Entries at 2014 RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster originally owned by the actress Natalie Wood is among the headline consignments for the 2014 RM Auctions Amelia Island sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 8th at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. As the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the 16th annual RM Amelia sale will feature more than 80 automobiles, with an emphasis on sports and … [Read more...]