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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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