Pair of 1960s Automotive Icons Take Center Stage at RM Arizona


1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 'Competizione' s/n 1905GT

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 'Competizione' s/n 1905GT

1965 Ford GT40 s/n 1034

1965 Ford GT40 s/n 1034

 

BLENHEIM, Ontario, 29 November, 2012

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce the addition of two multi-million-dollar entries to its eagerly awaited Arizona sale: an outstanding 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta ‘Competizione’, chassis 1905 GT, and an ultra-rare 1965 Ford GT40, chassis P/1034. Handpicked by RM specialists for the January 18 sale, the pair of 1960s automotive icons headlines a superb roster of more than 80 blue-chip collector cars set for RM’s Arizona auction podium.

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“Our Arizona sale boasts a strong track record for presenting automobiles of exceptional quality and pedigree,” says Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM California. “Continuing this theme in 2013, our upcoming sale at the Arizona Biltmore features the finest offering in the event’s 14-year history. With an emphasis on ‘best of category’ examples, the catalogue spans the spectrum of the market, from important and historic sports and racing cars, such as the 250 GT SWB and the Ford GT40, through to elegant coachbuilt automobiles and American muscle.”  

Widely revered by collectors as one of Ferrari’s most prized berlinettas, the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta ‘Competizione’, chassis 1905 GT, is set to be one of the star attractions of this year’s Arizona auction week. Designed by Pinin Farina and clothed by Scaglietti, 1905 GT is the 17th of just 74 Competizione-specification SWB examples produced, of which it is considered among the purest and most well-documented—a ‘no stories’ car with just four owners from new. Featuring alloy coachwork and a race-tuned Colombo V-12, its rakish design combines numerous early and mid-SWB characteristics, including non-sleeved brake cooler ducts under the front bumperettes and unadorned side and hood vents.   

Sold new to Renato Bialetti of Omegna, Italy in May 1960, 1905GT was exported to the United States in 1967, coming into the ownership of noted Ferrari collector Norman Blank, who carefully maintained the car for the next 37 years. Its current owner—its mere fourth caretaker since new—purchased the car in June 2004. Over the past eight years, 1905 GT has been exhibited at the world’s most prestigious events, including Cavallino, the Quail, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well participated in numerous vintage racing and touring events, including the Monterey Historics, the Colorado Grand, and the Tour Auto Lissac in France. A multiple FCA Platinum award winner, it was treated to a 2010 freshening by Wayne Obry and is presented for auction in extraordinary condition, both cosmetically and mechanically (Estimate available upon request). 

“There is nothing that trumps the magnificent style, drivability, and sound of the 250 SWB Berlinetta. Ultra-exclusive, it is certainly one of the most desirable Ferraris ever produced; its irresistible combination of superb design and thrilling performance make it the car of choice for gentleman drivers and racers,” comments Myers. “Outstanding in every respect, 1905 GT is, without question, one of the finest of its class. A true dual-purpose automobile, on the road it performs flawlessly while its magnificent styling has been widely admired at the world’s top events and makes it a fantastic candidate for further exhibitions. Rarely do such important cars come to public market. We expect it will be a top performer of this year’s Arizona auction week.” 

The 250 GT SWB will be joined center stage at RM’s Arizona sale by another iconic sixties sports car: an ultra-rare, well-documented 1965 Ford GT40, chassis P/1034. Finished in Pine Green, it was completed with numerous special options including a heated windscreen, reverse lights, fender mirrors, an electric clock, two fuel gauges, and mufflers.  

The first GT40 production road coupe delivered to the UK, P/1034 was initially purchased by James Fielding, chairman of Heenan and Froude, the manufacturers of the dynamometers on which the GT40s were tested. Second owner Paul Wheldon acquired the car in 1971 and immediately went about testing its ability on the track, participating in numerous events on England’s burgeoning historic racing scene, including the six-hour relay at Silverstone in 1973, as well as exhibiting the car at various events, including Le Mans. P/1034 was eventually exported to Australia in the mid-1970s, where it was frequently campaigned up until 1982. It was later presented at the inaugural Australian Grand Prix in 1985 before spending brief periods in both the US and Germany. P/1034 returned to Australia in 1999 and competed at the International Supersports Cup Race at the 2000 Melbourne Grand Prix, where Kevin Bartlett drove it to its limits, beating out a seven-liter Mark IV GT40. Today, sympathetically restored, beautifully maintained, and finished in its original factory shade of Pine Green, although now with silver Le Mans stripes as a subtle hint to its racing prowess, P/1034 is presented for auction as an excellent candidate for vintage touring and racing, as well as display at the world’s top events (Est. $2,400,000 – $3,000,000). 

“The Ford GT40 holds an important place in American racing history as the car that gave Enzo a run for his money, repeatedly, and remains highly sought after in collector circles,” says Gord Duff, Specialist, RM Auctions. “Exceptionally rare, well documented, and boasting an unblemished history from new, P/1034 is arguably one of the best road-going GT40s in existence, deserving of close inspection.”  

Other notable recent entries for RM’s Arizona sale include: 

  • a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, J-423. Found in Italy in the late 1930s, J-423 is one of just eight original Toursters built by Derham during the classic era and is offered by the Pascucci family, its caretakers for the last 45 years (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,600,000); 
  • a 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S America Spider, chassis B24S-1131, arguably the most desirable post-war Lancia in its highest most desirable specification, including  the desirable Nardi package (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000);  
  • a matching-numbers 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe, chassis 194378X419258, boasting a known ownership history from new (Est. $450,000 – $550,000); 
  • a 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT, chassis 0436, offered from expert, long-term ownership of 35 years (Est. $345,000 – $425,000); and 
  • a 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Derham Special Town Car, chassis 6343167, originally owned by Bette Davis and one of only two in existence (Est. $150,000 – $250,000). 

For full event details on RM’s Arizona sale or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit rmauctions.com .

Event Details – RM Arizona
Sale date
January 18, 2013; auction commences at 11 a.m. MST

Preview dates
January 17, 2013 (from 10 a.m. MST) and January 18, 2013 (from 9 a.m. MST)

Location
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 200 East Missouri Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, 85016

Admission
An official auction catalogue is available for $120 US and admits two people to the preview. Admission to the auction is open to registered bidders, consignors, and qualified media only. 
 

Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate in $

101

1957 Wolberg 'McNamara Special' Quarter Midget

E# AA7B532

8,000 - 12,000

102

1959 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile Series II

025184

40,000 - 50,000

103

1935 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Sedan

4100793

85,000 - 115,000

104

1935 Ford Tudor Sedan

182183440

40,000 - 50,000

105

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 Roadster

H-BJ8-L/34507

75,000 - 100,000

106

1931 Cadillac V-12 Town Sedan

4000698

100,000 - 125,000

107

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

FJ40-261406

60,000 - 80,000

108

1959 Jaguar XK150 S 3.4 Roadster

T832062DN

90,000 - 125,000

109

1930 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton

65674

80,000 - 110,000

110

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt

557555865

120,000 - 150,000

111

1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

80745

160,000 - 200,000

112

1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe

 11853

110,000 - 130,000

113

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Coupe

886547

100,000 - 125,000

114

1968 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2

 01252

275,000 - 375,000

115

1953 Allard JR 'Le Mans' Roadster

 J.R. 3403

350,000 - 450,000

 116

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Coupe

 188.014-
75-00024

300,000 - 350,000

117

1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

546218842

150,000 - 200,000

118

1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Retractable Hardtop Cabriolet

GU37651

275,000 - 375,000

119

1933 Chrysler Imperial CL Convertible Roadster by LeBaron

7803578

550,000 - 750,000

120

1947 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

14794589

90,000 - 120,000

121

1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ 4.2-Liter Roadster

1E17295

140,000 - 170,000

122

1967 Shelby 427 'Semi-Competition' Cobra

 CSX 3045

1,4mio – 1,7mio

123

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II

DB4/305/R

275,000 - 350,000

124

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 'Le Mans' Roadster

BN2-L/230129

130,000 - 160,000

125

1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe by by Figoni et Falaschi

60112

1,0mio - 1,4mio

126

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe

194378S
419258

450,000-550,000

127

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

 198.040-
5500632

800,000 - 900,000 US

128

2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 by Zagato

SCFAE62343K
800018

125,000 - 175,000

129

1933 Packard Super 8 Convertible Victoria

750055

300,000 - 400,000

130

1937 Gar Wood 25' 740 Triple Cockpit Runabout "Triple Time"

250,000 - 325,000

131

1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 R

SFM5R531

750,000 - 950,000

132

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Corto Spider by in the style of Touring

 813219

500,000 - 700,000

133

1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe by Pinin Farina

 0343EU

800,000 - 1,0mio

134

1965 Ford GT40  1034

P/1034

2,4mio - 3,0mio

135

1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S America Spider by Pinin Farina

 B24S-1131

800,000 - 1,0mio

136

1959 Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe Roadster

404/X/3022

225,000 - 275,000

137

1929 Cadillac V-8 Sport Phaeton

316547

100,000 - 125,000

138

1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster

S812042DN

100,000 - 130,000

139

1966 Lamborghini 350 GT

 0436

345,000 - 425,000

140

1969 Ferrari 365 GTC

 12059

500,000 - 600,000

141

1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster

2440

1,2 mio - 1,6mio

142

1960 Porsche 356A Roadster

87349

130,000 - 160,000

143

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

 14735

425,000 - 475,000

144

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Cabriolet

188.013.
6500077

800,000 - 1,1mio

145

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

 10195

1,4mio - 1,75mio

146

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville

3-CP-200

170,000-220,000

147

1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

812 1156H

175,000-225,000

148

1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan

902272

350,000-450,000

149

1964 Aston Martin DB5

DB5/1499/R

375,000-450,000

150

1962 Shelby 'Factory Competition-Specification' Cobra

CSX 2032

750,000-950,000

151

1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe

 AM*115/49*
2490

140,000-180,000

152

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB by Carrozzeria Scaglietti

 08697

1,2mio - 1,6mio

153

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 'SV Specification'

 3952

700,000-850,000

154

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer

95MG

300,000-400,000

155

1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan

600583

150,000-200,000

156

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

 198.042-
10-003003

750,000-900,000

157

1992 Jaguar XJ220

SAJJEAEX8AX
220850

175,000-225,000

158

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Enclosed Drive Landaulette

 71 RF

275,000-375,000

159

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

 15211

160,000-220,000

160

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2-Liter Roadster

1R10574

100,000-125,000

161

1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible

OY85H406883

90,000-110,000

162

1934 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood

5100038

650,000-850,000

163

1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 200,000-250,000

SMF5S472

200,000- 250,000

164

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 'Competizione'

 1905GT

Est. AUR

165

1969 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster

121.040-
85-02551

105,000-145,000

166

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

673913

95,000-125,000

167

2003 Ferrari Enzo

 133923

1,250,000-1,500,000

168

1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special Town Car

6343167

150,000-250,000

169

1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe

H47211

175,000-250,000

170

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS 'Chairs & Flares'

 05720

375,000-450,000

171

1935 Auburn 851SC 'Boattail' Speedster

33811E

500,000-650,000

172

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible

9204101848

135,000-165,000

173

1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

JS23R1B
242313

225,000-275,000

174

1932 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton by Fisher

1400208

250,000-300,000

175

1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II

 8601

150,000-200,000

176

1938 Lincoln-Zephyr Custom Coupe

H51451

200,000-250,000

177

1931 Rolls Royce Phantom I Seven-Passenger Tourer

 S 199 PR

300,000-400,000

178

1959 Lister-Chevrolet

 BHL 127

500,000-600,000

179

1916 Pierce-Arrow Series 4 48HP Seven-Passenger Touring

14041

190,000-230,000

180

1966 Citroën DS21 Decapotable

DS214350118

200,000-250,000

181

1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V-12 Roadster

UE1S25119

80,000-120,000

182

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster

113.044.
12.005650

90,000-110,000

183

1953 Volkswagen 'Zwitter' Beetle

10454494

45,000-65,000

184

1958 Fiat 500 Jolly

068998

50,000-65,000