Image 1 Photo Credit: Tom Gidden ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
Monaco is the jewel of the French Riviera and every two years it is the host of the magnificent Monaco Historique in May. It is a weekend of classic car races held on the legendary street circuit. RM Auctions again return with a stunning line up of automobiles to be auctioned on May 14th.
Image 2 Photo Credit: Tom Gidden ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1968 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider
The star of the show is a stunning ‘last of the line’ Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider. The only NART Spider sold new in Europe, and the third-to-last 275-series Ferrari built, chassis no. 11057 is set to be one of the most valuable automobiles offered at auction in 2016.
The 1968 275 GTS/4 NART Spider is considered to be one of the most important road-going Ferraris in history, it is substantially rarer than virtually all of its iconic colleagues. Only ten were ever built as part of an ingenious collaboration between American Ferrari importer extraordinaire Luigi Chinetti and Enzo Ferrari, bearing the race-winning moniker of Chinetti’s North American Racing Team.
The example on offer is all the more special, as it is not only Ferrari Classiche certified and matching numbers, it is the last of the ten built, the only one delivered new to Europe, and the third from last 275-series Ferrari of any kind constructed.
The dark red metallic finish and beige interior are paired beautifully with the throaty 330-horsepower V-12 engine. The car is expected to fetch in excess of €19 million.
“It is a privilege to present this NART Spider, not only because of its importance and rarity, but also because its offering at auction is such an extraordinary event. Ownership of a NART Spider represents membership in a club of only nine other enthusiasts around the world,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and CEO, RM Sotheby’s. “If a Ferrari is the choice of car connoisseurs, then the NART Spider is the choice of Ferrari connoisseurs.”
Image 3 Photo Credit: Jonathan Green ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Ruf CTR’
If you grew up in the 1990’s you might remember a mystical video of a guy drifting a yellow Porsche around the Nurburgring Nordschleife – long before it was ‘the’ thing to do. Well that car was a Ruf CTR Yellow Bird. A title it earned after trouncing the opposition in a Road & Track magazine article titled, “The World’s Fastest Cars”. The Ruf CTR soared to a top speed of 211 mph, flying head and shoulders above the competition which included the Lamborghini Countach, Porsche 959 and Ferrari 288 GTO.
This particular CTR was born as a standard 911 Turbo in 1988 and was then immediately sent to Ruf to be upgraded to BTR specification, increasing power to 375BHP along with a 0–60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph. After three years in BTR configuration, the owner opted to further upgrade the performance to Ruf’s ultimate (and breathtakingly expensive) six-speed CTR specification in 1992.
Today, with only two registered owners, the most recent of whom purchased the CTR from its original keeper in 1994, the odometer shows just 51,000 kilometres, a guide of just €175,000 – €225,000 seems on the low side, don’t be surprised to see this sell for much more.
Photo Credit: Toby Wright ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 1 Group B
Group B is still one of the most exciting and dangerous periods of motorsports there has ever been. Huge leaps in technology created rally cars with power to rival F1 cars. Group B began in 1982 and lasted just five seasons. Arriving relatively late to the scene in 1984—the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Group B rally car was a winner from the start, winning 6 of the 11 WRC events held in 1985 alone.
This particular T16, serial number C11, was built by the Peugeot Talbot Sport team for the 1985 WRC season, to be driven by the 1981 World Champion Ari Vatanen. Ari won the 1985 Rallye Monte-Carlo and Swedish Rally with the car. One of only 20 Works 205 T16 Evolution 1 Group B cars the Turbo 16 has had only two owners since Peugeot Talbot Sport.
A reserve of €600,000 – €800,000 is about right for a car that will get you a nonstop stream of invites to car events all over the world.
Photo Credit: Tim Scott ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution
Just 41 GT1s were produced – 18 racing cars and 23 streetcars, making the Porsche GT1 one of the rarest of all Porsche racing cars. Indeed, it is even rarer than its nemesis, the McLaren F1, of which some 107 examples of all varieties were produced.
A 600+ bhp, 3,164 cc air- and water-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with two 3K turbochargers and Bosch electronic fuel injection inserted into a lightweight chassis proved a formidable partnership, the Gt1 weighted just 1050 kilograms, a little more than the McLaren F1, but as always there was good reason. By scaling 1050 kilograms, the GT1 would be allowed a larger air intake and could thus generate considerably more horsepower.
Never before offered for public sale, this exciting 911 GT1 Evolution is described as the only road-legal GT1 race car and is currently registered as such in the United Kingdom. It is supplied with a comprehensive file of restoration invoices and photographs as well as factory documents, including shop manuals. An extensive store of spare parts is available at additional arrangement. It is eligible for historic racing events such as the GT90s Series, the Daytona Classic, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as well as the race car class of any prestigious Concours d’Elegance.
An estimate of €2,700,000 – €3,000,000 may be a little ambitious, but then if the suns out, who knows what will happen in Monaco!
About the Author:
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.