A "Youngtimer" Dream Garage of Modern Classic Cars and Future Collectibles

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RM Sotheby’s has secured the dream garage for any enthusiast of modern classics, to be offered across the company’s Paris, Amelia Island, Fort Lauderdale and Essen auctions in 2019. Totaling more than 140 cars, the private collection is offered largely without reserve and comprises some of the most collectible European and Japanese automobiles of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, assembled by a collector who – much like so many others – admired these vehicles in his youth. The collection runs the spectrum of European marques, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Rolls- Royce, Bentley, Porsche Jaguar, Ferrari Aston Martin, Renault and more. Click ahead for a sampling of highlights across each of these sales.

A "Youngtimer" Dream Garage of Modern Classic Cars and Future Collectibles

  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 'Wide-Body'. Estimate €150,000–200,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby's: Paris on 6 February.
    The first joint product between AMG and Mercedes-Benz, the AMG C36 would not be introduced until 1993. For years prior to that, the two companies were cooperating to the extent that the AMG cars were being delivered with full company warranties through Mercedes-Benz dealers, however these vehicles were prohibitively expensive and therefore very rare. Introduced in 1990, the 560 SEC AMG was perhaps the most fabled of these “pre-merger” upgraded automobiles. Experts believe that only 50 or so of these pre-merger 560s exist – and one is on offer at RM Sotheby's: Paris.
  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1982 BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo. Estimate €150,000–190,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby's: Paris on 6 February.
    First registered in January of 1982 and delivered new in Germany, this is the 22nd B7 S Turbo built of a total production run of just 60 examples. It was recently shown at the 2018 Concours d’Elegance Suisse. Today, the B7 Turbo S presents in excellent, well-preserved condition.
  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4. Estimate €100,000–120,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby's: Paris on 6 February.
    Hitting the market in 1976, the Lagonda was lauded for its early use of fully digital instrumentation, including touch-screen dashboard controls. In 1987, Towns agreed to come back to Aston Martin to give the Lagonda wedge design a facelift in preparation for the model’s 1990 retirement. The resulting model, nicknamed the Series 4, lasted for a total production run of 105 examples – one such example is on offer at RM Sotheby's: Paris.
  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1994 BMW 850 CSi. Estimate $150,000–200,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island on 8 & 9 March.
    The top-of-the-line offering of the first-generation E31 BMW 8-Series, the 850 CSi offered numerous healthy and sporting upgrades over the 850 Ci. Developed initially to be a product of BMW’s M division, the engine was based on that of the 850, but so substantially modified that BMW internally assigned it its own designation. The 850 CSi is without doubt the most exciting and desirable model of the E31 family, and with the introduction of G15 generation 8-Series, the 850 CSi will only become more desirable.
  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo Targa. Estimate $100,000–120,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island on 8 & 9 March.
    Toyota’s Supra is still considered one of the most exciting Japanese performance cars of all time. Performance-wise, the car could more than stand up against many contemporary sports cars, boasting a 0–60 mph time of 5.6 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.1 seconds at 109 mph. As many Supras were driven hard in their early lives, finding a well-preserved and highly original example can be difficult. As a result, low-mileage examples were highly sought after and quickly earned their collectible status. With the fifth-generation Supra unveiled at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Mk IV has garnered plenty of attention from collectors, new and old, alike. This impeccable example should not be missed.
  • Tim Scott ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello. Estimate $250,000–300,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Amelia Island on 8 & 9 March.
    Offered here is what is perhaps the ideal driver’s Ferrari 575M Maranello . Only 246 examples were equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, and it can be certain that only a handful of these were fitted with the Fiorano Handling Package and sport seats. Optioned as such, this example beautifully treads the line between a sports car and grand tourer, perhaps the best of both worlds, and recalling the great dual-purpose 250 GT and 275 GTB models of Ferrari’s storied past.
  • Dirk de Jager ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    2002 Bentley Continental R 'Le Mans'. Estimate $120,000–140,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Fort Lauderdale on 29 & 30 March.
    Built in celebration of Bentley's return to Le Mans after 71 years, this Bentley Continental R Le Mans is one of only 21 produced in 2002. The car features 18-inch chrome five-spoke wheels and red brake calipers.
  • Dirk de Jager ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1986 Ferrari 412. Estimate $70,000–80,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Fort Lauderdale on 29 & 30 March.
    One of only 576 ever produced, this 1986 Ferrari 412 is presented in Grigio Metallic with red leather interior.
  • Dirk de Jager ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2. Estimate $80,000–110,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Fort Lauderdale on 29 & 30 March.
    This 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 is a wonderful example of one of the most sought-after rally cars of the 1980s. Accompanied by a Renault Certificate of Authenticity, the car boasts a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
  • Tom Gidden ©2019 Courtesy of RM
    1987 BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo. Estimate €140,000–160,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Essen on 11 & 12 April.
  • Tom Wood ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1992 BMW Alpina B12 5.0 Coupé. Estimate €100,000–120,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Essen on 11 & 12 April.
    Launched in 1990, the 5.0-litre B12 Coupé was based upon BMW’s 850i. This B12 5.0 retains its original specification of Alpina Sapphire Blue with gold Alpina pinstriping over a Black leather interior. Only 97 B12 5.0 coupés were built, and this example would be a fine addition to any collection.
  • Tom Wood ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1997 Bentley Continental T. Estimate €70,000–80,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Essen on 11 & 12 April.
    One of just 322 examples built, this stunning Bentley Continental T was originally sold to Japan via official importer Cornes and Co in 1997. It would remain in Japan until 2015 when it was exported to Europe. The Continental T harks back to the glory days of Bentley and represents an excellent introduction to the marque for potential owners.
  • Tom Wood ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1979 Mercedes-Benz 500 TE AMG. Estimate €60,000–70,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Essen on 11 & 12 April.
    AMG was far from a household name in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the firm had established an excellent reputation for modifying Mercedes-Benzes. One of their earliest and most celebrated conversions was fitting the W123 chassis with a 5.0-litre V-8, costing a whopping 65,000 Deutsche Marks. It is rumoured that only a pair of wagons, sedans and a single coupé were converted. While its early history is not known, this example was discovered in early 2013 by Henric Nieminen, a California-based AMG enthusiast. The previous owner was not aware of the history of the car but after seeing it in person, it was far more special than the ad let on.
  • Ahmed Qadri ©2018 Courtesy of RM
    1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. Estimate €150,000–180,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s: Essen on 11 & 12 April.
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