RM Sotheby’s auction catalogues never cease to amaze me. Every time, the assortment of cars the team pulls together is simply staggering.
No doubt RM is helped by values of ‘collector cars’ rising ever upwards, leading to a seemingly endless supply of amazing machinery as owners look to cash in.
Highpoint of RM’s calendar is the annual sale in Monterey, California, held during Pebble Beach concours week in August. Among the lots (which will be covered more generally nearer the time) is the contents of one hugely lucky owner’s toy box. Tagged The Pinnacle Portfolio, it is nothing less than one of the very finest collections of ultra-rare classic and contemporary supercars ever assembled by a private owner.
Information on the cars is limited at the moment as RM has not published the full descriptions. But among the Portfolio are the very first production-spec Bugatti Veyron, and the 300th; a 1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spyder with unique side air intakes; an epically gorgeous 1964 Ferrari 250LM with period racing history and possibly the best example in the world; a race-spec Ferrari F40 LM; one of only 20 Lamborghini Reventons; the penultimate McLaren F1 road car, modified by the factory with LM-spec engine and high downforce aero package; and just because every collection needs one, a very pretty 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster.
Among the 24 cars from the Portfolio, I count three that could easily sell for a seven-figure sum. All but maybe six will likely go for more than a million dollars. Some estimates have put the total value as high as $65 million. The sale as a whole will realise several hundred million.
Click through the gallery to see the cars mentioned above. Or view the Pinnacle Portfolio catalogue here
By Only Motors