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RM Auctions, 2015 Arizona: Preview

RM Auctions, 2015 Arizona: Preview Classic and Performance Car

Bugatti EB110, Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini Countach among the many exotic supercars to go under the hammer at RM's 2015 Arizona sale

What better way to start 2015 than with some rare and expensive supercars? RM Auctions’ Arizona sale in the US, 14-16 January 2015, generally brings together a huge selection of cars from pre-war classics to the latest hypercars. This year, more than 120 cars will be offered.

Poster car to many young petrolheads in the 1990s, the Bugatti EB110 was legendary at the time for having not one, or two, but four turbochargers. When hooked up to a 3.5-litre V12 engine, the Bugatti supercar produced a whopping 552bhp. It might not sound like much now, but with a top speed of 213mph, it’s still undeniably one of the fastest cars ever built.

The car offered by RM Auctions is painted in the most iconic colour, French Racing Blue. This is the sixth of just 139 EB110s that were built, making it significantly rarer than, for example, the Ferrari F40. It’s expected to sell for $575,000-$775,000. It’s unusual to find an EB110 in the US, but this car was originally owned by a Japanese collector after which it was imported Stateside.

Despite being relatively common by comparison, there are a multitude of reasons that the F40 is so highly valued. RM has got a 5000-mile example in the same sale, which is expected to sell for $1,150,000-$1,350,000. It’s an all-together more raw driving experience than most of its rivals, and prices for low-mileage F40s have certainly been continuing to strengthen.

Other notable lots include a slightly bizarre US homologated Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV, featuring those huge front and rear bumpers, which were needed to federalise the Gandini-styled supercar in the States. If you want to avoid those bumpers though, there’s always the Tahiti Blue 1979 Countach LP400S, estimated at $800,000–$1,000,000.

Another car with similar 1980s poster appeal is a highly original black Ferrari Testarossa (with original paint, interior and even tyres), which is estimated to sell for $125,000-$175,000.

Matthew Hayward

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