RM Sotheby’s is getting ready for a busy start to 2019, with a variety of collector cars consigned to auctions in Arizona and Paris, set to take place in January and February respectively. The auctions will feature a mixture of exotic and rare vehicles, ranging from a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO to a 2012 Lexus LFA and 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra.

Multi-Ferrari sale in Arizona

RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction, to be held over 17 and 18 January 2019, will feature a number of desirable and high value lots.

A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO promises to excite bidders, showing less than 3,000 miles and benefiting from air-conditioning, power windows, contrasting orange seat inserts and offered fresh from service. This iconic 1980s supercar is expected to fetch between $3,200,000 to $3,600,000 when it goes under the hammer. The GTO will join a 1967 Classiche-certified Ferrari 330 GTS, offered from the famed Skip Barber Collection. Chassis number 10773 features a matching-numbers powertrain and is predicted to attract bids between $2,200,000 to $2,500,000.

Other significant lots include a Lexus LFA with just 70 recorded miles. A number of private collections will cross the block in Arizona too, like those listed in the Calumet Collection. Comprising 11 British cars, the collection includes eight Rolls-Royce models from almost every era of the luxury manufacturer and is headlined by a 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V State Landaulet by Mulliner Park. One of only five examples, the Phantom V State was commissioned by the government of Romania and features a cocktail bar and entertainment cabinet.

Historic race exotica set for Paris

RM Sotheby’s Paris auction, set for 6 February, contains a number of significant consignments. A highly original 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, imported into the UK in 1973 after being sold new to California, is expected to achieve a final fee of between €800,000 to €1 million. Meanwhile, an ex-Works Lister-Jaguar Costin known to have competed at The 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with many other notable races is estimated at €900,000 to €1.1 million.

“We’re proud to have this diverse selection of headline cars for sale in both our Arizona and Paris auctions. These cars will no doubt attract interest from all corners of the collector car market, not just in Europe and America, but the world over. There really is something for everyone over the course of our January and February auctions, from Italian supercars, to notable British luxury cars, historic racers, and sought-after pre-war American classics in outstanding condition.”

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions at RM Sotheby’s

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