Some Florida guy – cloaked in secrecy – has been quietly amassing the world’s iconic sports and racing cars from the 50s and 60s plus today’s supercars. Until now: maybe just a rumor. Coming on August 13, RM Sotheby is going to auction that clandestine collection off in Monterey. It will be the most valuable private collection of cars ever auctioned!
Cat’s out of the bag now….
RM Sotheby’s has appropriately dubbed the offering the *Pinnacle Portfolio*. It includes two Bugatti Veyrons, one each of the previous Ferrari flagships (288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo), a Koenigsegg CCXR, Lamborghini Reventon, Maserati MC12, Saleen S7, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Porsche 959 and a Jaguar XJ220. Oh, and a road-race hybrid 1998 McLaren F1 valued at $12 million by Fortune magazine.
1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM” on display at Sotheby’s in New York
McLaren produced 64 standard road F1 versions, upgrading two of them — including the one for sale — with a higher horsepower engine. The supercars originally sold for $1 million.
The 2005 Ferrari Enzo was given to the late Pope John Paul II by former Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and was auctioned on the Pope’s behalf with the proceeds going to tsunami victims.
In addition to the supercars will be a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, 250 LM, 275 GTB, an actual factory Daytona Spider and Dino 246 GTS, a Mercedes Gullwing, Porsche 356, and a Lamborghini Miura SV. You can see why the auctioneer has the bravado to predict this is going to be a record-setter, beating competitor Bonham’s current record.
To see what has already been added to this auction, click on RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction.
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Here is a description of the cars from the RM Sotheby’s press release:
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PINNACLE PORTFOLIO
Each vehicle in The Pinnacle Portfolio is considered the apex of its respective group and era. The collection spans 57 years of automotive history and design, from a matching-numbers 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Alloy, one of just 29 aluminum-bodied examples, to a 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. Additional features include:
1964 Ferrari 250 LM, chassis no. 6105
The 23rd 250 LM built, chassis 6105 was shown at the 1964 Earl’s Court Motor Show shortly before it was purchased by Ron Fry, who campaigned the car at a number of hill climbs in the U.K. It continued to be frequently raced throughout England with great success in its early years, and has recently competed at vintage events such as the Goodwood Revival, Tour Auto and twice at the vaunted Le Mans Classic. 250 LMs are known for being raced hard, with many having incurred incident along the way. Certified by Ferrari Classiche as retaining all of its original mechanical components, chassis 6105 is considered by most Ferrari authorities to be in the upper echelon of surviving examples and truly one of the finest examples extant.
1998 McLaren F1 “The Road Going LM”, chassis no. 073
Arguably the greatest supercar ever built, this road-race hybrid McLaren F1 is the 63rd and second-to-last road-specification example built. One of just two examples upgraded by McLaren Special Operations to feature an LM-spec engine and the ‘Extra High Downforce Package’, it retains its road-specification interior and features numerous upgrades, including satellite navigation, making it one of the most desirable and valuable examples in existence. Fully serviced by the McLaren factory in New Jersey, it represents the best of both worlds: a fully streetable F1, with LM-performance, making it a perfect candidate for the casual drive or track duty.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, chassis no. 1307 GT
One of the most coveted of all Ferrari convertibles, this matching-numbers, Classiche certified California Spider is the 23rd of just 50 long wheelbase examples. Considered one of the finest, and certainly the prettiest of the breed, 1307 GT is equipped with various rare factory-installed features, including unique Superamerica-style front fender vents, an inset air intake on the hood, velocity stacks, and a factory hardtop. Delivered new to Prince Alvise Hercolani of Bologna, it was later owned by racing driver Wolfgang Seidel and Ferrari historian Ed Niles. The recipient of a no-expense-spared restoration, it is no stranger to the Monterey Peninsula, having been displayed at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
2005 Ferrari Enzo, chassis no. 141920
Unquestionably the most famous and desirable Enzo of all, this vehicle is the 400th and last example built by Ferrari. Boasting an unmatched provenance, it was gifted by former Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo to the late Pope John Paul II, and later auctioned on his behalf with proceeds supporting the relief of tsunami victims. Its significance is further elevated by numerous unique factory delivered options, including a carbon fiber rear spoiler, Daytona seats, and an inscription by Montezemolo under the hood, which highlights the vehicle’s papal connection. An incredibly low mileage example – showing just 180km from new – it headlines a complete run of modern Ferrari supercars in The Pinnacle Portfolio, including a 288 GTO, the final F40 LM built, and an F50.
A bookend pair of Bugatti Veyrons, chassis no. 001 and chassis no. 300
Every collector understands the added value of owning the first and last of a given production run, but is almost never afforded the possibility. The upcoming sale of The Pinnacle Portfolio presents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a pair of incredibly important Bugatti Veyrons, chassis no. 001 and chassis no. 300. Both freshly serviced, they were recently displayed at the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, as well as at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show.
– 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, chassis no. 001
This example is the very first Bugatti Veyron 16.4 sold to the public and arguably one of the most important supercars built in the 21st century. Enthusiast owned and wonderfully maintained throughout its life with less than 800 miles on its odometer, it is an investment-grade supercar with outstanding performance that will most certainly be the absolute icon of its era for future generations.
– 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, chassis no. 300
Delivered new to The Pinnacle Portfolio, this example is presented in virtually new condition, showing fewer than 350 miles, the majority of which were accumulated by Bugatti at Molsheim during pre-delivery testing. The most well-engineered version of the Veyron Coupe, the Super Sport produces an incredible 1,200 bhp and is capable of a blistering 258 mph. One of only eight examples that made it to the U.S., chassis no. 300 is certainly deserving of its title as one of the most brilliant pieces of automotive engineering on the planet.