If you’re in the market to invest in a luxury car, RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, is where you start. While some sectors have been slow to regain their full potential in the wake of a somewhat sluggish economy, the market for collectible classics remains buoyant, and RM’s upcoming Arizona sale in January is all the proof you need. The auction will showcase a selection of the world’s finest motorcars led by Shelby and Ferrari, each with a sensational series of million dollar-plus luxury cars which are expected to garner tons of interest from both U.S. and foreign collectors.
“2012 has been another terrific year for the collector car hobby, with the market continuing to show resilience to fluctuating financial markets,” notes Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM Auctions - California. “Solid results have been recorded across the board, with rare and exceptional automobiles continuing to attract great prices at auction, in turn providing a very positive forecast for the New Year. With an emphasis on ‘best of category’ examples and strong early interest received from clients around the world, [the Arizona sale] is set to be a must-attend event.”
Taking place January 18, 2013 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 80 blue-chip collector cars will be on offer, led off by a genuine, fully documented 1967 Shelby 427 ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra, CSX 3045, expected to fetch up to $1.7 million. One of just 29 S/C Cobras built, it has an extensive vintage racing pedigree and was fully restored as part of the famed John Mozart Collection. Also sure to attract a flurry of bids are an original, matching numbers 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, chassis 10195, fully restored by Ferrari Classiche in Maranello, estimated at up to $1.7 million, and a Ferrari Classiche certified, Platinum award winning 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 08697, estimated at up to $1.6 million,
Also on offer in the captivating sale: a matching-numbers 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe, chassis 0343EU, one of just 16 coupes produced and recipient of a Platinum award at Cavallino, estimated at up to $1 million; a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Cabriolet, one of just 49 examples produced and featuring coachwork by Sindelfingen estimated at up to $1 million; and a 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe, chassis 60158, displayed at the Figoni et Falaschi stand at the 1938 Paris Salon and fitted with a desirable MS racing engine, estimated at up to $1.4 million.
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