World’s Top Marques to Dominate RM Auction’s Arizona Sale

By Paul Joseph

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will present a diverse roster of 127 blue-chip motor cars and select memorabilia at its 2015 Arizona sale in January.

Returning to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, entries for the 16th annual auction span the spectrum of the market, upholding the company’s reputation for presenting the finest examples of the world’s most iconic brands. The Arizona catalogue includes everything from prewar classics, through to important sports and racing cars, late-model supercars and emerging collectibles.

The offering is highlighted by a superb group of 21 Ferraris. Setting the pace is a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, chassis no. 5899 GT, delivered new to Switzerland’s most storied racing team, Scuderia Filipinetti.

Additional highlights include one of the rarest Ferraris of its era, a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS, chassis no. 12473 (Est. $3,900,000 - $4,800,000). The 17th of only 20 examples produced, 12473 was delivered new to Thomas Teves, heir to the Alfred Teves brake manufacturer, and is offered in Arizona following a fresh restoration. Presented in excellent condition, it is considered by many to be one of the greatest open Ferraris ever built.

Also not to be missed is a fully-restored, Classiche-certified 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, chassis no. 16793, arguably the finest example in existence today (Est. $3,000,000 - $3,500,000), along with a beautifully presented 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, chassis no. 10451, originally owned by film director John Frankenheimer (Est. $3,500,000 - $4,500,000).

“Our Arizona sale offers some of the most desirable models across the board. From custom coachbuilt touring cars to poster cars of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, everything is represented,” said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Auctions West Coast Division.

“While rare Ferraris of the 1960s like the 250 LM and 365 GTS continue to command high prices in response to sustained demand, we’re also expecting to see great things from emerging collectibles with important motorsport heritage such as the Audi Sport Quattro.”

RM Auction’s Arizona Sale will take place from January 15th – 16th.

By Paul Joseph