RM Auctions will hold its 2011 Sports and Classics of Monterey auction on August 19th and 20th at the Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Convention Center in Monterey, California.

The 26th annual RM Monterey auction will feature approximately 150 cars, with a multitude estimated to garner over $1 million. Headlining the 2011 Monterey sale is the 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta; 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster; 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A; 1970 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen Le Mans movie car; 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance and 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster.

In addition to the headline Ferrari 340 Mexico, RM Auctions will offer 18 Ferraris at the 2011 Monterey auction, including a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione; 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder; 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe; 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe and 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder.

In 2010, RM Auctions offered 221 automobiles for sale, with 209 finding a new owner, reflecting a 95% sales rate. Total sales volume was $67,004,800, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $329,597. Top sale went to the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe and 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, both at $4,620,000, followed by the 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster by Saoutchik that sold for $3,300,000. (See 2010 RM Auctions Monterey – Sale Report).

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RM Auctions Monterey 2011, Auction Details – The RM Auctions Sports and Classics of Monterey event returns to the Portola Hotel and Monterey Convention Center, August 19-20, 2011. The auction preview will be held August 17th through 20th, with the auction taking place the evening of Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th. General admission is available for $40 per person for an event pass, which grants one person access to the preview days. An official auction catalog is available for an additional $120 US although it does not constitute admission to the auctions. Bidder registration is $200 and includes an official auction catalog and admission for two to the preview, reception and auction.

For more information, contact RM Auctions at (800) 211-4371 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

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1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe
1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe - Estimate $1,750,000 - $2,100,000. Chassis 0327 AL is one of 12 original 375 Americas and one of two Vignale-bodied coupes; 1954 Geneva Salon show car; matching-numbers engine; presented as it was at Geneva in 1954.
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider - Estimate $2,500,000 - $3,250,000. Chassis 0492M is one of only 35 built; race-winning history, including John Von Neumann, Phil Hill, Harrison Evans; 1955 Brussels Motor Show car; starring role in movie On the Beach, featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner; recipient of two-year, fully documented restoration.
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe - Estimate $1,500,000 - $1,900,000. Chassis 3359 SA is one 36 400 Superamerica coupes built by Pinin Farina; matching-numbers example; documented by Ferrari expert Marcel Massini.
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione - Estimate $3,800,000 - $4,500,000. Offered from the Skip Barber Collection. Only 42 alloy competition Berlinettas were built in 1960, with chassis no. 2209 GT being the 4th from last of these; Jo Schlesser and André Simon finished third overall in its first race – the 1000 kms of Montlhéry on October 23, 1960; chassis 2209 GT went through a total restoration to its original configuration by Ferrari Classiche in 2007 – 2008.
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta - Estimate Unavailable. Chassis 0226 AT was third of three built, purpose built to contest 1952 Carrera Panamericana; Original, matching-numbers drivetrain; Ex-Alberto Ascari, Carroll Shelby, Jack McAfee; 1988 Ferrari Club of America Best in Show and Best Competition Ferrari; 1989 Best in Class at Pebble Beach Concours.
1958 BMW 507 Roadster
1958 BMW 507 Roadster - Estimate $800,000 - $1,200,000. Offered from the Lyon Family Collection; formerly owned by “Bond Girl” Ursula Andress; believed to have been gifted to Andress by Elvis Presley.
1952 Chrysler D'Elegance
1952 Chrysler D'Elegance - Estimate $1,000,000-$1,300,000. Bodied by Ghia and designed by Virgil Exner, the design debuted at the 1952 Paris Motor Show; powered by a Hemi engine on a shortened New Yorker chassis.
1952 Cunningham C-3 West Palm Beach Coupe
1952 Cunningham C-3 West Palm Beach Coupe - Estimate $675,000 - $875,000. Only C-3 coupe constructed entirely in Cunningham’s West Palm Beach workshop before body production was shifted to Vignale in Turin. Powered by Chrysler Hemi and Cadillac three-speed transmission; documented with ownership history from new.
1969 Chevrolet BFG Factory L88 ZL-1 Greenwood Racing Corvette
1969 Chevrolet BFG Factory L88 ZL-1 Greenwood Racing Corvette - Estimate $750,000 - $950,000. Delivered new as a factory L88 Corvette before becoming one of three 'Stars & Stripes' team cars sponsored by BF Goodrich (BFG) during the 1971-1973 seasons. Numbered #49, it was initially slated for promotional use by BFG, although quickly converted to racing specification and powered by one of the last Traco-built ZL-1 motors. Initial major win was a first place in the GT class in 1972 at the Watkins Glen six-hour race. In 1973, it raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it set the GT speed record of 215 mph on the Mulsanne straight in qualifying. Recipient of restoration in 2008; won ‘Best in Class’ at The Quail in 2008, Amelia Award at the 2009 Amelia Island Concours, as well Bloomington Gold and NCRS.
1970 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen Le Mans Movie Car
1970 Porsche 911S - Estimate Unavailable. Delivered new to Steve McQueen on the set of the movie Le Mans; invoiced and assigned by the Property Master for use during filming and for McQueen’s personal use; four owners from new, including McQueen’s personal collection in California; well documented with invoices and correspondence corroborating authenticity; excellent in original preserved condition.
1953 Siata 208S Spyder
1953 Siata 208S Spyder - Estimate $875,000 - $1,175,000. Chassis BS523 reportedly owned by Steve McQueen; multiple concours awards; shown at The Quail, twice at Pebble Beach and part of an extended exhibit at Petersen Museum.

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