Own some of history’s most iconic automobiles

Celebrating the cutting edge of automotive design, RM Sotheby's will present an expertly curated roster of iconic automobiles from the world's most admired marques. 

The auction will take place at the Sotheby’s global headquarters in Manhattan, where the roster of “ICONS” will be on display as part of a weeklong celebration of auction events surrounding the newly established Sotheby’s Luxury Division. The event will be one of the most unique auction events of its kind, offering clients and enthusiasts an unparalleled experience at the heart of the auction world spread across multiple genres and platforms.

Latest highlights for the auction certainly ring true to its theme, representing a pair of Le Mans racing legends from two of the world’s most revered marques: a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione and a 1952 Jaguar C-Type.

“Both the Competition California Spider and the C-Type represent two of the most important vintage race cars found in the United States today and are offered from an exceptional collection,” comments Donnie Gould, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Apart from the original three Jaguar Works cars, the C-Type on offer is easily the best and most desirable of the customer cars, while the 250 GT LWB is one of the most successful and significant competition California Spiders. The pair are perfectly at home in our New York sale as true icons from the golden era of sports car racing.”

The California Spider and C-Type lead a group of 31 iconic automobiles set for the 6 December sale, from Classic Era beauties through to the most technologically advanced supercars of today. Highlights include:

  • 1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe, chassis no. 144 859, one of just eight surviving authentic examples of an American masterpiece of styling and engineering (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,200,000);
  • Perhaps the most iconic automotive pair: a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, chassis no. 040.5500593, a beautifully restored example of the first sports car to be a genuine, recognizable status symbol (Est. $1,300,000 – $1,500,000) and an exceptional 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, chassis no. 198.042.7500649, the last complete restoration to leave Rudi & Company’s renowned British Columbia workshop (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000, without reserve);
  • A multiple award-winning 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, chassis no. DB5C/1923/L, a rare factory left-hand-drive convertible example of one of the most recognizable cars in the world (Est. $2,450,000 – $2,650,000);
  • An exhaustively documented, Classiche-certified 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, chassis no. 12301, both the final prototype and the first production Daytona – the automobile that defined a generation of sports cars (Est. $1,400,000 – $1,700,000);
  • A low-mileage 1990 Ferrari F40, chassis no. 87144, surely among the most iconic cars for anyone under the age of 40 (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000); and,
  • A group of modern hypercars including a delivery mileage 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, chassis no. 204687, the most technologically impressive street-legal Ferrari ever built (Est. $3,250,000 – $3,750,000), a one-of-100 2014 Pagani Huayra, chassis no. 078, the exceptional accomplishment of an upstart supercar company (Est. $1,900,000 – $2,300,000), and a 248mph 2018 Bugatti Chiron, chassis no. 069, the very first Chiron ordered for the U.S. market and a marvel of 21st century design (Est. $3,500,000 – $4,000,000).
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1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

For further information, to view the complete ICONS digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit www.rmsothebys.com.

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