8 Expert Picks from RM Monaco

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Choosing favourites is never easy, especially if you’re a car specialist perusing the rare automobiles on offer at the RM: Monaco auction, which coincides with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique on 14 May. Still, eight of our most auto-obsessed experts managed to rise to the challenge and achieve the near impossible: They each chose one car. Okay, sometimes two. To see an all-star roundup of their picks, click ahead. 

Monaco

14 May

8 Expert Picks from RM Monaco

  • 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
    The formula behind the Porsche 911 Carrera RS was simple: Reduce weight and add power. Porsche stripped the car of many of its luxurious features, giving enthusiasts a 911 that was definitely ready for the track but still looked just like an aft-powered king racer 911 should.

  • 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS


    Here’s what car specialist Gord Duff had to say about this model: “This particular variation of the 911 is one of my all-time favourites, as it represents the pinnacle of the analogue Porsches. It is one of the purest driving experiences money can buy, as there are no computers or aids between you and the wheels. With air-cooled Porsche prices climbing over the last few years, this car is not only a fun investment, but a sound one too”.

  • 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ Stage II
    The Porsche 959 stands at the apex of 1980s supercars. Upon its release, it went head-to-head with Ferrari’s F40, a car lauded for its top speed but lacking the civility of its Porsche contemporary. The German engineers behind the 959 sought to make a car that could be driven anywhere, anytime and by anyone. To achieve this, the 959 was fitted with a number of revolutionary technologies, including adjustable suspension, an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, tyre pressure sensors and super lightweight hollow-spoke magnesium wheels. Because of this, the 959 was successful in a number of racing series, including the Paris–Dakar Rally and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 961 trim. 

  • 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ Stage II
    As car specialist Barney Ruprecht  sees it, “The 959 is a unique car in many respects. Not only is it in a desirable ‘stage II’ configuration, but it is also just one of three made with a black exterior. On top of that, it has very few kilometres from new. All of these facts are impressive, but nothing beats the thrill of getting behind the wheel or the confidence the car inspires when you take your first corner. It will put a huge smile on the new owner’s face from the moment he or she first climbs in.” 

  • 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT
    Both stylistically and in terms of performance, the Lamborghini 350 GT stands alone in the company’s history. The model was the first produced by Ferruccio Lamborhini in 1964, and it is drastically different from the later Miura. With only a handful of examples of this quality in existence, this particular car is sure to draw the attention of collectors from around the world when it is auctioned off in Monaco. 

  • 1966 Lamborghini 350 GT
    Car specialist Tonnie Van der Velden points out that “when most people think of classic Lamborghini’s, they often think of the Miura or the Countach – but that’s forgetting where the company started. The 350 GT was the first production Lamborghini car ever made, and because the company had not yet gained mainstream acceptance, very few exist. This 350 GT is one of the finest examples in existence, finished in a beautiful silver over black. In my opinion, it is one of the top cars in the Monaco auction this year.” 

  • 1948 Tucker 48
    The Tucker 48 was the brainchild of a short-lived American company following the Second World War. The car was decades ahead of its time, featuring numerous safety and performance features not seen until the 1960s and 1970s. In the end, only 51 cars were made – and this example is the only Tucker in Europe. 

  • 1948 Tucker 48
    According to car specialist Peter Wallman , “The tucker 48 is a rare and special car anywhere in the world, but in Europe, it is one of a kind. It’s an icon of postwar America, and it is presented in amazing condition, true to its original specifications, following a four-year restoration. It’s definitely the last car you’d expect to see driving around on European roads, and that’s what I think makes it so special.” 

  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
    The gull wing doors on the 300 SL were born out of necessity – a result of its “birdcage” frame design, they were conceived for performance’s sake, with racing very much in mind. This attention to detail made this Mercedes-Benz an instant hit upon its introduction in 1954, and about 1,400 examples were produced over the next few years. This example is one of the finest we have ever seen, and it will be available in the 14 May sale in Monaco. 

  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
    When we asked car specialist Gord Duff which car in the sale he had his eye on, he answered that this 300 SL was his pick. “This is what I would call a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the collector who takes great pride in the history of their automobiles,” he said. “This stunning silver, over blue, Gullwing has been expertly cared for by the same family since new in 1955, and it remains in excellently preserved condition.”  

  • 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota


    The Lamborghini Diablo was the company’s follow-up to the hugely successful Countach. The Diablo had big shoes to fill, and it certainly did thanks to the recipe that has made the company so famous. With its outrageous and thrilling design, powerful mid-engined V-12 and slightly terrifying driving experience, this was a car that always left you laughing with excitement. 

  • 1995 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota
    Car specialist Don Rose picked the car as his favourite in Monaco. “The Diablo SE30 Jota is an exceptionally original example of an exceptionally rare car – just fifteen factory-prepared examples of this car exist, and only one in this unique colour combination,” he explained. “It is certainly one of the wildest Lamborghinis ever produced, and it’s the kind of car that is and will remain extremely desirable.” 

  • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
    What better way to get around than a front-engined V-12 open-top Ferrari ? The Daytona was a watershed car in Ferrari design as the company transitioned from the rounded shapes of the 1950s and 1960s to the harder lines on cars of the 1970s and 1980s. With only 18 examples in this factory LHD configuration, it’s also extremely rare. 

  • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
    For car specialist Peter Wallman , “The Daytona Spider is a special car. With so few around, and so many collectors trying to get ahold of one, it has moved to the top of many collectors’ must-have lists. The car in Monaco is exceptional, even among Daytona Spiders, as it is one of very few produced in LHD and remains in remarkable condition, with just 27,000 kilometres from new.”  

  • 1971 March 711
    Formula 1 has long been the pinnacle of motorsport. With lightweight frames, massive amounts of power and enough down force for the cars to drive on the ceiling at speed, the cars never cease to amaze. In the 1971 season, the March 711 was one of the top contenders, finishing an impressive second place at the Monaco Grand Prix that year. Its sale presents an amazing opportunity to live out childhood dreams.

  • 1971 March 711
    “History is the most important factor in racing cars, and I have come across few cars with a history as amazing as this,” says car specialist Augustin Sabatié-Garat . “The car was raced by both Ronnie Peterson and Niki Lauda in his inaugural F1 appearance. It has a podium finish in Monaco and numerous historic races under its belt. The March 711 is a truly special car from a special era in racing.” 

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