The biennial RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction takes place this Saturday (12 May) and will carry a strong motorsport theme as bidding gets underway at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo. A wide variety of exclusive Ferrari models – including an exclusive, super-rare and race-driven 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ model from the 1950s – join a pair of Formula One team cars from in the ‘90s in among the headline lots.

From cars that have played a direct part in grand prix history, through to significant road models that were once owned by Formula One drivers, here are some highlights from the glitzy Monaco event, which coincides with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique:

1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizone ‘Tour de France’

The auction’s headline car, one of only 17 ‘three-louver’ covered headlight versions of Ferrari’s 250 GT Berlinetta Competizone ‘Tour de France’. Expected to draw worldwide interest, the three-owner vehicle competed in 22 events across continental Europe, achieving 11 victories and a handful of podium finishes. Unscathed during its racing career and meticulously restored by its previous owner, the car is estimated to sell at a cost between €7,000,000 to €9,000,000. Collectors have the chance to acquire a significant piece of motorsport heritage from a golden era of racing.

1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT by Scagletti

Built as a European-specification M-Series Dino 246 GT, and once owned by ex-Ferrari F1 team driver Renè Arnoux, the Frenchman bought this before he signed for the Italian manufacturer’s race team, and then had the car restored at the Ferrari factory soon after he joined. This consignment is expected to achieve €230,000 to €280,000.

1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

An immaculate 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS once owned by Ferrari F1 racing driver Gilles Villeneuve, this lot could attain between €300,000 to €400,000 in Monaco. With only 36,000km on the clock, the car remains in highly original condition and was used regularly by Villeneuve before his tragic death at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

2011 Ferrari 599 GTO

This one-owner car was tailor-made to the original owner’s specification, and includes a long list of unique features. Its Nero Stellato colour – black with gold sparkles – is complemented by swathes of carbon fibre, and the interior is inspired by Hermès trademark orange. The GTO is predicted to attract bids of between €600,000 to €650,000.

2015 Ferrari Sergio

One of just six examples and a brilliant showcase of 21st-century coaching building twinned with iconic Pininfarina design. This car was displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the estimated sale price stands between €2,500,000 to €3,000,000.

1992 Benetton B192 Formula 1 car

This Benetton B192 Formula 1 car finished 2nd at the 1992 Spanish Grand Prix with Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. Representing a bygone era of motorsport, and before the introduction of many electronic driver assistive technologies, this Benetton represents a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Formula One history. Offered without reserve, bids of €550,000 to €750,000 are anticipated.

1999 Jordan 199 Formula 1 car

Competing in the 1999 Australian Grand Prix, this 199 is recognised as being the most successful car in the Jordan’s race team history. Power comes from a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated Mugen–Honda MF-301HD 3.0 litre V10 engine, and comes with its original steering wheel. Projected price is €250,000 – €350,000.

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This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.