Unrivaled Success in Arizona as RM Sotheby’s First Live Auction of 2021 Exceeds $35 Million


 

BLENHEIM, Ontario, 25 January, 2021

On Friday, 22 January, RM Sotheby’s kicked off its 2021 auction calendar with the company’s 22nd annual Arizona auction, held this year at the OTTO Car Club in Scottsdale with limited, by appointment only in-person attendance, achieving $35,065,900 in total sales with 90 percent of all lots finding new homes. The one-day auction saw bidders from 35 countries around the world bidding in the room and via phone and internet.

The undoubted star of the auction was a highly original 1955 Jaguar D-Type with substantial period race history, which sold to a bidder on the phone for a final $6,000,000. Wrapped in Red with an interior trimmed to match, the car was one of a very small number of D-Types to be so finished when new.



Purchased new from Bernie Ecclestone by British racer Peter Blond and retaining many of its original components today, the well-documented example goes to its new caretaker as a worthy candidate for vintage competition at the highest and most prestigious levels.

The second highest price achieved was an elegant and extremely rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica, one of eight examples bodied by the coachbuilder and just two examples in the four-seater configuration, which brought $4,735,000. Retaining its original chassis, engine, gearbox, differential, and body, the Bugatti came to the Arizona auction with known and fascinating ownership history, including time spent in the esteemed collections of Judge North and General Lyon. Additional pre-war classics also brought strong prices, including a CCCA Full Classic 1932 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fisher, one of 14 examples ever built, of which four survive today, and one of only a handful that were built with a factory rear-mounted spare, which surpassed its high estimate and went to a new home for $1,022,500; and a multi-award winning, CCCA Full Classic 1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Sedans by Dietrich, one of two extant and a completely numbers-matching example, which brought in $819,000.

Top sales were also highlighted by several modern supercars, including a 2020 McLaren Speedtail, the first example of the marque’s most technologically advanced and fastest road car to sell at public auction. A masterpiece of automotive engineering with central driving position and three-seat configuration, the car was one of only 106 examples produced, paying tribute to the 106 McLaren F1s. Highly optioned by MSO and showing only 30 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing, chassis no. 36 went to its next owner for $3,277,500. Additional well-sold supercars include a highly optioned 2019 McLaren Senna, the 95th of 500 examples produced and wearing Dramatic Visual Carbon Fiber bodywork, at $1,044,000; a desirable 2019 Ford GT ‘Lightweight’, a special option made available only to select applicants, which brought in $967,500; a 1993 Cizeta V16T, one of just nine examples completed and ordered new by the Royal Family of Brunei, which achieved $665,000; and an exclusive factory 1998 RUF Turbo R, extensively mechanically refreshed in October of 2020, which surpassed its high pre-sale estimate of $575,000 and sold for a final $764,000.  

Also claiming spots within the top ten were three highly sought-after 1950’s sports cars. Displayed at the 1954 New York World Motor Sports Show and 1954 Geneva Motor Show, the exclusive 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale, one of just three examples bodied by the coachbuilder, sold for $2,557,000. The gran turismo came to the Arizona auction in its original and stunning burgundy and silver-grey finish over a beige interior and retaining its original 4.5-liter Lampredi V-12 engine. Another classic Ferrari, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Coupe by Boano, also caught bidders’ attention, selling for a final $1,352,500. One of just 14 alloy-bodied coupes produced by Carrozzeria Boano between 1956 and 1958, the Classiche-certified Ferrari went to its new owner equipped with its matching-numbers V-12 engine, gearbox, and differential and in exceptional restored condition. Rounding out the group, a delightful 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster presented in Light Green Metallic over dark green interior with a dark green convertible top sold for $1,066,500.

“It was tremendous to start the year off on such a positive note given that we were the sole remaining auction company to host a live event for the annual Arizona weekend. In working with the local authorities and the capable team at OTTO, we were able to safely welcome clients back to the live auction format,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “Our team worked extremely hard to ensure that the auction preview and event itself provided a safe atmosphere for clients to inspect cars in-person. Additionally, we saw that the added benefit of our preparation which included thousands upon thousands of additional detailed photographs, condition reports and documentation on all cars all available to our clients in advance of the auction truly helped make those who weren’t there feel comfortable bidding, whether via telephone, internet or absentee. With a diverse top three leading the charge—a period-raced D-Type, a beautifully presented Bugatti Type 57SC with notable provenance, and the first Speedtail to be sold at public auction—this sale proved once again that best-of-category, top-quality cars of every era continue to draw significant interest from collectors and bring strong prices.”

RM Sotheby’s continues its 2021 auction calendar with the company’s first European auction of the year, set for 13 February in Paris. The auction will be livestreamed with remote bidding options only, presenting approximately 65 of the finest sports, racing, and touring cars from both pre- and post-war periods, as well as a selection of memorabilia. The Paris sale is led by a one-of-50 factory 1931 Bentley 4½-Litre Supercharged Tourers, retaining many of its original components, alongside a phenomenal single-owner collection of Lamborghinis, each of which are presented in outstanding restored condition and Polo Storico certified.

 

 

Lot

Description

s/n

Estimate

Result
 incl. Buyer’s Premium

105

Shelby Series 1 Prototype Design Model

 

$30,000 - $50,000

$14,560

106

1954 Piaggio Ape Calessino

AB2T 18211

$20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

$33,000

107

1959 Moto Guzzi Ercolino

HFD 38

$20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

$18,000

108

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

VC56F 046783

$60,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$95,200

109

1959 Spartan Imperial Mansion

9460318140

$125,000 - 175,000
(NR)

$78,000

110

1972 Ford Bronco Custom

U15GLP61760

$120,000 - 160,000

$134,400

111

1962 Chevrolet Corvette

20867S110789

$50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$72,800

112

1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8)

H-BJ7-L/21153

$70,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$67,200

113

2001 Bentley Continental T Mulliner

SCBZU25E31CX
67517

$165,000 - 185,000

Not Sold

114

1970 Chevrolet Nova SS

114270W312450

$60,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$56,000

115

1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 52
Custom Club Berline

3075021

$175,000 - 225,000

$170,000

116

1971 Range Rover Suffix A Convertible

35501347A

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$50,400

117

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi

47191

$250,000 - 300,000

$230,000

118

1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback

8T02J115340-
00098

$90,000 - 120,000
(NR)

$112,000

119

2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello

119838

$150,000 - 200,000

$257,600

120

1954 Jaguar XK 120 SE Roadster

S 674424

$160,000 - 200,000
(NR)

$95,200

121

1991 Lamborghini Diablo

ZA9DU07P7MLA12362

$140,000 - 160,000

$145,600

122

1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1

B9471139 LRXFE

$120,000 - 140,000

$105,000

123

1933 Packard Eight Cabriolet

719-177

$160,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

124

1972 Lancia Fulvia Coupe

818.740 004012

$30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$33,600

125

1983 Audi Ur-quattro

WAUDC0850DA
900421

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$61,600

126

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide-Body

WDB1260451A
436448

$175,000 - 225,000
(NR)

$201,600

127

1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution (E30)

WBAAK07050AC
79122

$125,000 - 150,000
(NR)

$212,800

128

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II 146

WDB2010361F
735977

$175,000 - 225,000
(NR)

$268,800

129

1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale

ZLA831AB000
585110

$90,000 - 110,000
(NR)

$131,600

130

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

9113600460

$500,000 - 575,000

Not Sold

131

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

875155

$160,000 - 200,000

$179,200

132

2019 Ford GT 'Lightweight

2FAGP9CW1KH
200033

$900,000 - 1,200,000

$967,500

133

1957 Cadillac Eldorado

5770072802

$80,000 - 120,000
(NR)

$184,800

134

1932 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe

14-157

$750,000 - 850,000

$1,022,500

135

1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

5LBX76

$225,000 - 350,000

$224,000

136

1931 Cadillac V-8 Roadster

809130

$100,000 - 125,000
(NR)

$117,600

137

1965 Shelby GT350

SFM 5S047

$350,000 - 400,000

 

138

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

198.042.75.
00592

$1,000,000 - 1,200,000

$1,066,500

139

1993 Cizeta V16T

ZA9V16T00MMD
38101

$600,000 - 750,000

$665,000

140

1969 Iso Grifo

7L 930256

$500,000 - 600,000
(NR)

$406,500

141

1955 Jaguar D-Type

XKD 518

$5,750,000 - 7,500,000

$6,000,000

142

2008 Shelby GT40 Mk II 85th Commemorative Edition

GT40 P/2243

$225,000 - 275,000

$324,000

143

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano

0613GT

$1,200,000 - 1,400,000

$1,352,500

144

1959 Lotus Elite

1159

$60,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$86,800

145

2019 McLaren Senna 095/500

SBM15ACA4KW
800095

$1,000,000 - 1,300,000

$1,044,000

146

1939 BMW 328 Roadster

85351

$475,000 - 550,000

$500,000

147

2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta 092/448

124070

$300,000 - 350,000

$329,500

148

1953 Porsche 356 Coupe

50947

$150,000 - 180,000

$159,600

149

1952 Bentley Mark V

B 465 NY

$125,000 - 150,000
(NR)

$123,200

150

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC

57512

$4,750,000 - 6,500,000

$4,735,000

151

1967 Iso Grifo

GL 720134

$450,000 - 550,000
(NR)

$346,000

152

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Continuation

CSX 2616

$600,000 - 800,000

Not Sold

153

1957 Ford Thunderbird

D7FH186785

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$44,800

154

1932 Marmon Sixteen Five-Passenger Sedan

16 140 818

$300,000 - 375,000

$379,000

155

1938 Jaguar 100 Jaguar 3½-Litre Roadster

39032

$500,000 - 600,000

$415,000

156

1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante

DB5C/2305/R

$1,500,000 - 1,750,000

Not Sold

157

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

1E 13415

$175,000 - 225,000
(NR)

$123,200

158

2003 Ferrari Enzo

131319

$2,250,000 - 2,500,000

wdn

159

1987 Ferrari Testarossa

70983

$125,000 - 175,000
(NR)

$168,000

160

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster

188.015.55.
00005

$750,000 - 850,000

$775,000

161

1959 Cadillac Eldorado

59E043935

$200,000 - 225,000

$218,400

162

1954 Ferrari 375 America

0327AL

$2,400,000 - 3,400,000

$2,557,000

163

1998 RUF Turbo R

W09BD0367WPR
06017

$525,000 - 575,000

$764,000

165

2019 Koenigsegg Regera 75

YT9NN1U14KA
007175

$2,600,000 - 2,900,000

Not Sold

167

1952 Tojeiro-MG Barchetta

RMS1

$200,000 - 250,000

Not Sold

168

1933 Packard Twelve

901311

$800,000 - 900,000

$819,000

169

1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Six-Door Pullman

100.016.12.
000411

$275,000 - 325,000

$346,000

170

1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra 'Sanction II

CSX 3067

$375,000 - 425,000

Not Sold

171

1954 Buick Skylark

7A1104302

$100,000 - 120,000
(NR)

$95,200

172

1958 Lister-Jaguar Knobbly

BHL 119

$900,000 - 1,200,000

$802,500

173

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

4290089

$120,000 - 140,000

$168,000

174

1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III

LCSC35C

$200,000 - 250,000

$450,500

175

2020 McLaren Speedtail 036/106

SBM23GDG6LW
403036

$3,500,000 - 4,500,000

$3,277,500

176

1971 De Tomaso Pantera

THPNLS01841

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$95,200

177

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster

875657

$200,000 - 250,000

$224,000

178

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

WP0ZZZ96ZNS
499084

$200,000 - 250,000

Not Sold

179

2011 Tesla R80 3.0 Roadster Sport

5YJRE1A33B
1001393

$90,000 - 110,000
(NR)

$112,000

180

2015 Jaguar C-Type Replica by Proteus

SPCC42T52AC
000013

$150,000 - 190,000

$151,200

181

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo

WP0AA0954JN
165070

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$89,600

182

2012 Ford Shelby GT500

1ZVBP8FFXC
5226002

$75,000 - 100,000
(NR)

$78,400

183

1957 Chrysler New Yorker

N5721533

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$67,200

184

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 TEL Estate

WDB1260391A
551975

$30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$112,000

185

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Convertible

WDBCA45D2GA
250520

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$61,600

186

1967 Jaguar Mark II

P 181290 BW

$35,000 - 55,000
(NR)

$39,200

187

1957 Lincoln Premiere

57WA13274L

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$20,160

188

2012 Ford Shelby GT500

1ZVBP8CF2C
5228119

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$53,200

189

1961 Fiat 600D Multipla

100D 008 088640

$30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$28,000

190

1930 Ford Model A

DFR71258

$15,000 - 20,000
(NR)

$11,200

191

1968 Fiat 500 Giardiniera

120 242025

$10,000 - 15,000
(NR)

$16,800

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