1989 Mercedes 560SEC 6.0 AMG Wide Body - The ultimate pre-buyout AMG Merc with bespoke 385bhp, 6.0 V8. Oh-so-80s box flare 'arches and deep-dish split-rim wheels look fantastic. This one has spent much of its life in Japan and been meticulously maintained. Sold for: $154,000
The first round of mega-money car auctions kicks off next week as many of the big auction houses pitch up in Arizona.
RM Sotheby’s descends on Phoenix for its sale, bringing a hugely varied selection of cars together, ranging from Edwardian-era tourers right up a nearly-new Porsche 918 Spyder.
Only Motors has picked out its favourites among the 175-strong catalogue. None of them are cheap, but all are deeply special.
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Sports by Barker – Probably the wildest P2 ever built and, for the time, a highly advanced aerodynamic study. Now an example of Art Deco perfection. Believed to have originally been owned by a Maharaja. Restored some years ago; definitely get you noticed. Not sold
1937 Mercedes 540K Special Roadster – The headline act of the sale. Arguably the original supercar, with 180bhp, 5.4 supercharged straight-8 engine and tremendously expensive new. This one was originally sold to a US rancher, then passed through a number of collections. One of 6 built to most sought-after longtail, high-door, LHD configuration. Sold for: $9,900,000
1952 Cunningham C3 Coupe by Vignale – American millionaire Briggs Cunningham’s attempt to build a supercar to beat the Europeans. Based on a strong chassis with good handling, 220bhp Chrysler V8 and gorgeous Vignale body. Only 25 were built. This example is the only one to be raced in period. Sold for: $1,210,000
1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Berlinetta by Zagato – We’ve fallen deeply in love with this stunning little thing. Undoubtedly one of Zagato’s best efforts, based on the chassis that set the sports saloon template. This one raced extensively in period and recently underwent a full restoration. Only 39 built and massively desirable. Not sold
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fuel Injected Convertible – The ’57 Bel Air has gone down as one of the all-time icons, and the ‘Fuelie’ is the most desirable model. 283ci V8 with ‘Ramjet’ injection makes 283bhp, backed up by 3-spd manual ‘box. This stunning example is freshly restored. Sold for: $176,000
1962 APAL-Porsche 1600 GT – Delightful fibreglass-bodied sports car based on VW floorpan with VW/Porsche drivetrain and running gear. Weighing c.600kg it proved an effective race car, but good on road too as it’s surprisingly spacious. This one is a rare example with full Porsche drivetrain, running gear and interior. Sold for: $88,000
1962 Maserati 5000GT by Allemano – We love these things. Impossibly glamorous and even more expensive, they were owned by royalty and the most famous celebrities. Happens to be one of the finest GTs ever, too, with excellent handling and a race-bred 5.0 V8 engine. This one looks gorgeous, wearing its older restoration very well. Sold for: $1,540,000
1963 Shelby Cobra 289 ‘Dragonsnake’ – The Cobra turned out to be a brilliant drag racer, both in factory and private hands. This is one of 3 independently built cars and by far the most successful of all drag Cobras. Restored in 1991 to period spec, complete with 325bhp motor. Sold for: $990,000
1989 Mercedes 560SEC 6.0 AMG Wide Body – The ultimate pre-buyout AMG Merc with bespoke 385bhp, 6.0 V8. Oh-so-80s box flare ‘arches and deep-dish split-rim wheels look fantastic. This one has spent much of its life in Japan and been meticulously maintained. Sold for: $154,000