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“While collectors across Arizona Car Week have been selective, there were clear signs throughout the
century of cars we offered that the market is solid,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s
following the sale. “Our top lots such as the 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra S/C and the 1948 Tucker 48 show that
demand remains strong for rare, well-documented, expertly restored automobiles that are priced attractively.
The two major single-owner collections we were privileged to offer – reflecting starkly different parts of the
spectrum from pre-War classics to modern sports cars – showed the power of no-reserve lots to attract
multiple bidders and send prices over the estimate.”
RM Sotheby’s is the auction house of choice for important private collections and this week’s sale featured
two single-owner groups, highlighted by A Century of Sports Cars; eleven automobiles focused on great Italian
sports and GT cars and offered entirely without reserve. Results for the collection were highlighted by the
beautifully restored and maintained 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso at $1,682,500, a 1960 Ferrari
250 GT Cabriolet Series II offered from just two owners over the last 30 years at a final $1,407,500, and an
award-winning 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano at $1,270,000.
A selection of pre and post-war American Classics offered entirely without reserve from a private collection on
Thursday evening elicited numerous above-estimate results, undeniably led by the 1948 Tucker 48, chassis
no. 1029, the personal car of visionary builder Preston Tucker himself until 1955. Star of the 1948 promotional
film Tucker: The Man and the Car and presented with exhaustive documentation, the Tucker achieved a final
$1,792,500 (Est. $1.25-1.5m). Also fetching a strong price was the 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged
Speedster, retaining its original chassis, engine, and body, which well-surpassed pre-sale expectations at
$769,500 (Est. $500-650k).
Additional stand out moments from across the two-day sale demonstrate strong interest at all levels of the
market; a 4,540 km 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT offered out of single-ownership from new sold for a well-deserved
$967,500, smashing the previous auction record for a GT example, a 1907 Ford Model K Roadster emerging
from single-family ownership since 1957 brought a world record model price at $252,000, and a 1977
International Scout II Traveler Custom drew eyes and bids at a final $128,800.
Next up, RM Sotheby’s will open its 2018 European calendar with its fifth annual Paris sale, 7 February during
Rétromobile week. Held at Place Vauban on the stunning grounds of Les Invalides, the auction will present
more than 80 of the finest sports, racing, and touring cars from both pre- and post-war periods. The
company’s North American calendar continues with Amelia Island on 10 March, RM Sotheby’s 20th annual
sale as the official auction of the esteemed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Amelia Island is set to
feature approximately 100 of the most sought-after blue-chip automobiles at the Ritz-Carlton, ranging from
coachbuilt classics to sports and racing rarities, and late model collectibles.
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