1960 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder
1960 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder (photo: David Nicholas)

Early Offerings at 2014 RM Auctions Arizona

The RM Auctions Arizona 2014 sale will be held January 16-17 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, with approximately 120 collector cars crossing the block at the 15th annual auction.

“After what has been a record-setting and ground-breaking 2013 for RM, we’re already looking forward to continuing the momentum in the new year,” said Ian Kelleher, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “The Arizona auctions have a history of providing a strong barometer for the season ahead, and RM’s 2014 Arizona sale is set to present a premier selection of cars as diverse and important as ever.”

Headlining early entries for the 2014 RM Auctions Arizona sale are a trio of sports and racing Porsches, led by an ex-Bob Donner and Don Wester 1960 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, chassis 718.066. Boasting racing history from 1961 to 1964, including numerous podium finishes at SCCA and USRRC events, 718.066 has been restored to original specifications. Offered for the first time in nearly 20 years, this RS 61 Spyder is expected to bring between $2,800,000 and $3,200,000 when it crosses the podium in January.

The RS 61 is joined by a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6, chassis 906-116. In addition to a notable European track record, including 1st place finishes at both the 1968 Norisring and the 1969 Hockenheim Finale, 906-116 is one of only three known street legal examples. This 906, presented with known ownership from new, has been restored and is ready for the track (Estimate: $1,200,000–1,600,000). The group of Porsches is completed by a 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1500 GS Speedster, chassis 83087, which has been freshly restored by marque specialists and features a four-cam GS motor (Estimate: $1,100,000–$1,500,000).

Other early highlights for the 2014 RM Auctions Arizona sale include:

  • 1961 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car, chassis 003, one of the two Jim Hall team cars built by Troutman & Barnes for the 1961–1963 seasons, and campaigned by Hall and his partner Hap Sharp in the golden age of front-engine sports racers. Following improvements made by the current owner, 003 has also seen podium finishes in several recent vintage racing events (Estimate available upon request);
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’, chassis 5215 GT, a matching-numbers, Ferrari Classiche certified example with known history from new (Estimate: $1,700,000–$2,000,000);
  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, chassis 198.042.8500244, finished in its original color combination of DB334 Light Blue over red leather, one of only six produced in this shade from the factory. This U.S.-specification model has been upgraded with European specification headlamps and includes its original tool roll, books, and Mercedes-Benz build sheet (Estimate: $800,000–$1,000,000);
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, chassis 08353, finished in the rare hue of Grigio Fumo. Chassis 08353 was the fifth from last example of only 200 produced, and was originally delivered through Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti Motors. Showing less than 12,000 original miles, this 275 GTS is presented for sale following a fresh restoration by marque specialists (Estimate: $1,200,000–$1,600,000);
  • 1960 OSCA 850 S, chassis 769, which has period racing history. Chassis 769 frequently competed in SCCA events from 1960 to 1965, with numerous podium finishes, including wins at Lime Rock and Marlboro, along with class wins at both the 1960 and 1962 12 Hours of Sebring. It has been well-maintained and is ready to return to the track (Estimate: $600,000–$800,000).

The 15th annual RM Auctions Arizona sale begins the 2014 calendar of events for the company, including the debut sale in Paris on February 5th , during the Retromobile week. Additional 2014 events include RM’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale, scheduled for March 8, in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, along with RM’s third biennial Monaco auction, on May 10.

Full event details, including a frequently updated list of consignments, are available at rmauctions.com or by calling toll free at 1 800 211 4371 (+1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

[Source: RM Auctions]