RM Sotheby’s first auction of 2017 features a fantastic selection of cars. Here are five highlights
With 2017 barely underway, the classic car auction calendar is quickly picking up speed once again. Almost 200 cars will be crossing the auction block at RM Sotheby’s 2017’s Arizona auction, which takes place on 19-20 January. Here are five highlights:
1986 BMW Alpina B6 2.7
If a BMW E30 M3 simply isn’t exclusive enough for you, then look no further. Long time, BMW tuner Alpina ran its hands over a stock 325i to build something considerably more potent. Dubbed the B6, this two-door saloon’s six-cylinder engine was bored out increasing capacity by 200cc beyond the original 2.5-litre configuration. Accompanying the enlarged engine size were custom pistons, a higher compression ratio and an improved camshaft. All these enhancements culminated in 210bhp and 195lb ft of torque seeing the B6 outperform the E30 M3 in all but its last iteration.
This B6 is number 40 of 67 built exclusively for the Japanese market, meaning you’re unlikely to find yourself ever seeing one let alone two. The multispoke Alpina wheels sit noticeably at all four corners, while a raft of Alpina stickering ensures that no one will be mistaking for this for any old Bimmer. The estimate for this astonishingly rare boxy coupe is $50,000-$70,000.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Does the news of hybrid Ford Mustang grind your gears? Sooth your aspersions by casting your eye over this true-blue American muscle car. One of just 832 Boss 302s finished in the eye catching Grabber Orange, it could spark a bidding war and fetch anywhere between £50,000-$70,000 according to the estimate.
The thunderous 290bhp V8 was mated to a four-speed manual transmission. The new, small block engine design was a response by Ford to the rivalling Chevrolet Camaro. The Boss 302 moniker included handling and aerodynamic tweaks to improve performance and create a platform to compete in the Sports Car Club of America Trans Am racing series.
Exterior features including the bonnet mounted imitation ram-air intake, rear deck wing and the iconic black rear window shade complete the aggressive look of this American automotive symbol.
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
The famous flat vee, boxer layout, 12-cylinder engined Ferrari is as unique as they come. This example was produced as part of latter run of cars to emerge from the Maranello factory gates possessing fuel injection rather than the carburetors that featured on the 512 BB until 1981. The move to fuel injection brought about an increase in performance, with the 4942cc engines peak power output rising to 340bhp, delivering an additional 20lb ft of torque.
Finished in traditional Rosso Corsa, the car has spent its entire life on US soil where it has covered a little over 11,000 miles in thirty four years. This reflects how well the cars has been kept by its multiple owners seeing the car retain the original owners manual and original jack.
The estimate for this 174mph Ferrari is between $250,000-$325,000.
1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina
The second Ferrari to feature here, but no less worthy, is the 330 GT. No doubt auction placards will be raised many times for this rare example of the more desirable single headlamp series two model. The reworked, cleaner headlight design better lent itself toward the simple, but beautiful stance taken by the 330 GT.
The Blu Azzurro exterior is auspiciously offset by the Crema interior granting the elegant, reserved appearance sought after in any grand tourer. This is not to say sporting pretensions are absent. The estimate for this Pininfarina penned Ferrari is between $250,000-$300,000.
1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster
Most certainly a contender for the prettiest Jaguar of all time, the XK140 Roadster will have all onlookers ogling over it. The DOHC inline six sits atop a chassis suspended with independent double wishbones making it an advanced car for its time.
Arriving in 1954, the XK140 on the whole preserved the design of its predecessor. This was largely due to the XK140 in essence being a reengineered adaptation of the XK120. Interior changes ranged from shifting the bulkhead forward affording more legroom and raising the dashboard allowing for more space below the steering wheel – making it a much more usable car for taller drivers.
This Old English White example was restored in 2008 and subsequently refreshed in 2015. Such care for the roadster has meant it presents in immaculate condition. The hammer is expected to fall between $120,000 and $160,000.
The auction is scheduled for 19-20 January, and will be held during the Arizona Concours d'Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
Words: Lee Stern // Photos: RM Sotheby's