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BLENHEIM, Ontario, 11 December, 2014

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will present an incredibly diverse roster of 127 blue-chip motor cars and select memorabilia at its 2015 Arizona sale. Returning to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, January 15 – 16, 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.

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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. In line with the model’s track record, Filipinetti’s first two outings in 5899 GT posted winning results with top Ferrari Formula One drivers Ludovico Scarfiotti and Nino Vaccarella piloting the car to 1st overall finishes at the Sierre-Montana Crans Hill Climb and the XV Coppa Inter-Europa in Monza. 5899 GT remained hugely successful with its second and third owners, garnering numerous podium finishes and class wins through the summer of 1967. A complete list of 5899’s racing accomplishments will be available in the catalogue.

In more recent years, 5899 has been campaigned on the vintage racing circuit, and was granted Ferrari Classiche Certification in 2005. A surefire entrant into historic racing and concours events around the globe, it is presented in its original Scuderia Filipinetti livery, and offered with an unbroken chain of ownership from an impressively curated collection of other equally rare and important Ferraris. Estimated to fetch in excess of $9,500,000, this 250 LM is expected to be among the most valuable automobiles on offer during the 2015 Arizona auction week.

Additional highlights include one of the rarest Ferraris of its era, a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS, chassis no. 12473. 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 (Est. $3,900,000 - $4,800,000). 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,” says 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.”

Illustrating the diversity of the offering, additional highlights of the RM catalogue include:

· a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A, chassis no. 154146, one of only a handful remaining in this body style and presented following a fresh, correct restoration by marque specialists (Est. $3,400,000 - $4,000,000);

· one of Porsche’s most desirable and collectible models, a 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, chassis no. 904-107, the second-to-last example built with extensive competition history (Est. $1,500,000 - $2,000,000);

· an iconic, all original 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, chassis no. WAUZZZ85ZEA905147, the game-changing all-wheel-drive rally machine of the 1980s, offered with just 8,300 km from new (Est. $350,000 - $475,000,);

· a genuine and extraordinarily complete 1970 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R ‘Hakosuka’, chassis no. PGC10-000917, a rare and authentic first generation GT-R sedan (Est. $100,000 - $150,000);

· a terrific pair of Lamborghini Miuras, including a fully restored 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ, chassis no. 4892, one of only a handful converted by the factory to Jota specifications (Est. $2,000,000 - $2,600,000) and a late-model 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S, chassis no. 4707, with very desirable factory air conditioning, vented disc brakes and SV-spec chassis (Est. $1,000,000 - $1,400,000);

· a genuine 1932 Packard Deluxe Eight Individual Custom Sport Phaeton by Dietrich, chassis no. 193514, one of only two known examples on the 904 Deluxe Eight chassis, formerly owned by Otis Chandler and the Lyon family (Est. $900,000 - $1,200,000);

· an exquisitely restored 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon, chassis no. BC16LA, combining swiftness, agility and luxurious comfort in one built-to-order package (Est. $1,500,000 - $1,700,000); and,

· a well-known 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, chassis no. CSX 3102, most famous for its appearances in promotional pieces for menswear company, Mr. Formal Wear (Est. $1,000,000 - $1,400,000).