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RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction preview

We take a look at the cars set to headline at this year's RM Sotheby's Pebble Beach auction in Monterey.

As the pinnacle of the auction season draws ever closer, we take a look at the cars that are set to take centre stage at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on August 13–15.

1994 Ferrari F40 LM ($2,000,000–$2,500.000)

With the F40’s work done in terms of conquering the road, the Scuderia turned their attentions to the track for the cars last hurrah. Radically updated prior to its launch in 1994, the F40 LM pumps 720bhp from the twin-turbocharged V8 through a five-speed manual transmission. The supreme handling was furthered too, with independent pushrod suspension with rocker arms helping it attack the track as it did the road. Offered as one of just 19 in existence, the car is entirely original and benefits from a full service by Ferrari of Central Florida in 2013.

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight ($9,000,000–$12,000,000)

Reflected in its asking price, the Jaguar C-type Works Lightweight will make its public auction debut in Monterey. One of only three ever produced, the car was sold to the Ecurie Ecosse team following its debut at Le Mans in 1954. In 1971 t entered single ownership for three decades, before being sold to a private owner in 2001, of whom restored the big cat back to its Le Mans-specification and livery. It is set to break the all-time record for any Jaguar ever sold.

McLaren F1 LM Spec

1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’ ($9,000,000–$11,000,000)

One of just two ever built, this McLaren F1 LM-Spec is considered by many as the ultimate road-going version of the ultimate road-going car. Improved aerodynamics and the monstrous BMW V12 as featured in the Le Mans adaptation meant it could reach 241mph- a world record for production vehicles of the time. It’s performance figures come despite the likes of air-conditioning, leather seats and the Kenwood sound system that adorn the LM-Spec, and help make it one of the main draws this summer in Monterey.

1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Two-seater Sports ($4,500,000–$5,500,000)

The ‘Bentley Boys’ that founded the great company would be proud of the $5.5m estimate placed on the Bentley at Monterey. The same can’t be said for those wishing to make this highly original car their own, however. One of only 50 original supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentleys, and the last to be bodied by Vanden Plas, it arrives on Pebble Beach with extensive documentation courtesy of Bentley historian Dr.Clare Hey, in addition to FIA paperwork sourced from its entry into a number of period road races, including the Mille Miglia.

2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport “300” ($2,500,000–$3,000,000)

Three years after its release, the Veyron Super Sport remains the epitome of all a car can be.  Built at a massive loss to Volkswagen, the Veyron does 258mph, at which speed would dry the 26.4-gallon fuel tank in ten minutes. The numbers involved continue to stagger; 1,200bhp from a 16.4-litre engine, which part-requires ten radiators to help keep it cool and able to suck in 8,000 pounds of air an hour at full chat. Only 300 Super Sport’s, the ultimate rendition of the Veyron, were ever built, and only were built to U.S-specification, including this one.

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ (Available upon request)

The Ferrari GT Berlinetta Competizione is widely considered as one of the finest GT ncarnatiuons ever to leave Maranello. Indeed, the Scaglietti-bodied car went on to win the 1956 Tour de France Auto (hence it’s coined name), as raced by and owned Maquis Alfonso. When he died in 1957, the car was sold to the UK, before moving to the USA 20 years later. It returns to Pebble Beach as a former winner of concours awards at the famed location, and with every bit the attention of stealing the show once again on the west coast.

2013 Aston Martin Centennial DB9 Spyder Concept by Zagato ($380,000–$450,000)

The only one of its kind, the Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Concept by Zagato is a celebration of 50 years since the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato hit the road. Styled to remain true to iconic Aston’s of recent times, such as the DBS, V8 Vantage an V8 Virage. A symphony in aggressive styling tamed by sleek panel-work, the Db9 Spyder will go across the auction block as one of the most desirable cars to do so this year.

1971 Mazda Cosmo ($200,000–$250,000)

Need an example of Japanese innovation? Look no further. The Mazda Cosmo was the first car to feature a twin-rotor Wankel-engine, with almost unrivalled smoothness and big torque figures a by-product of the innovation. The Cosmo made further gains with its Series 2, which arrived in 1968 with 128bhp being emitted via a five-speed gearbox,and cancelled out by servo-assisted brakes assisting larger wheels. these were just a few changes to name that helped the car become nothing short of a very good car. Japanese classics are rising in price, and fast.

1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ ($1,000,000–$1,300,000)

Along with the Ferrari F40, the 959 was quite frankly space age when it came to life in the late ‘80s.  Ferocious acceleration meant it could launch from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, and on to a top speed exceeding 180mph. Even 911’s built a decade on couldn’t entertain such figures. In many ways it mirrors the 918 Spider of the recent times in the way it helped pave the way for supercar technology of the future. All 450bhp of the car was originally delivered to Spain in1988, before changing hands two decades later. It was sold in 2011 to a private owner in the USA, who gave the car a major service there after.

1967 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Shooting Brake by Radford ($550,000–$650,000)

One of only four Radford-bodied DB6’s produced, this DB6 Mk1 Shooting Brake arrives auction for the very first time having been in single-family since the cars birth in the ‘60s. Purchases by William E.Weiss Jr., the car was used to extensively to carry luggage and guns on foxhunts in the USA, prior to his death in 1985. Since then the DB6 has received two extensive restorations, yet retains the original interior woven upon its factory release nearly half a century ago.

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