Sotheby’s £20 Million Classic Cars

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Sotheby’s £20 Million Classic Cars
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We all want to take a peek at how the other half live. How they languish in outrageous luxury, as well as have access to rare and beautiful items such as classic cars and homes we can only dream of

 

 

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars

 

Taking a look at what classic cars JM Sotheby‘s have up for auction this week is a great place to start. What has caused our jaws to drop to the floor are this year’s classic cars. With a combined cost of £20 million, the list includes rare sports models, Ferraris, Porches.

 

We will count down to the most expensive model:

 

#10. 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet – Estimated up to £850,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Rarely driven during the past 22 years, this car is in pristine condition. This Porsche is 1 of 14 designed by the Exclusive Department, as a special order 993 Turbo Cabriolet.

This flagship convertible sports car was only available as a special request in the 90s. It has only had 2 owners, and has only 11,000 miles on the clock. An extremely fast car, and practically impossible to find anymore.

 

#9. 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype – Estimated up to £850,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1964 Porsche 901 Cabriolet Prototype

It is exciting to see the 1964 Porsche 901 for sale as is a one of a kind, and also ahead of its time. Its roofless design became incorporated 20 years later in the 911. It is a piece of Porsche history.

Engineers didn’t feel satisfied with it’s design at the time, and kept it in storage. It was almost destroyed, but a German racing driver, Manfred Freisinger, offered to buy it in 1967. It passed between collectors over the years.

 

#8. 1989 Ferrari F40 – Estimated up to £900,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1989 Ferrari F40
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1989 Ferrari F40

Lusted after by the yuppies of the late 80s and early 90s, this sexy vehicle had one loyal owner for 25 years. It was uniquely designed to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Maranello Company.

The F40 experienced a theft in 1989, but it was not damaged and the owner had the locks replaced. The car’s mechanic was mistaken for the thief! However, he continued to care for the car even after the owner passed away.

In 2014 it received a full service at the Ferrari factory and a sale took place with a second owner.

 

 

#7. 1954 OSCA MT4 – Estimated up to £1,000,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1954 OSCA MT4
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1954 OSCA MT4

This cute vintage racer is the creation of the Maserati brothers. Designed with a chassis in the classic tube-frame at a time when lightweight racing cars were popular. The MT4 was racing even as recently as 2010 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Throughout the decades it achieved many 1st and 2nd positions in competitions. Its future owner will most likely wish to race her, she is a true specimen of premium engineering. It indeed is exciting to see the OSCA MT4 for sale.

 

#6. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet – Estimated up to £1,030,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet

She is a truly elegant car that was one of the last off the production line. Ferrari only made 200 Series II GT Cabriolets. The feel of the car is not the same as the typical racing experience generally expected from a Ferrari.

The 250 GT Cabriolet was a luxury item, designed for leisurely countryside touring. The car has had several previous owners, all taking meticulous care of this beauty. She is perfect for an upper-class road trip.

 

#5. 1988 Porsche 959 Sport – Estimated up to £1,700,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1988 Porsche 959 Sport
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1988 Porsche 959 Sport

The 959 is only 1 of 29 built by Porsche, this sleek vehicle being number 11. It was also considered way ahead of its time. It had features that would not show up in other vehicles for a long time and it changed the game.

American Vasek Polak Jr purchased it new, and had to jump through hurdles to import it to the US. It was not compliant with the country’s emissions standards or import laws. Even though it has seen 2 further owners, it remains in pristine condition.

 

#4. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti – Estimated up to £1,900,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti

This stunning car retains its original gearbox an engine. Furthermore, the previous owner recently returned to its unique original colors. A previous owner had painted the vehicle red, but it is now restored to Verde Pino over Beige.

Its history is not really known; however, it has certification from Ferrari Classiche. Ideal as a touring car with a sporting edge, it’s noted for its high performance. This beauty has been very well maintained.

 

#3. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona Spider – Estimated up to £2,000,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona Spider
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Daytona Spider

A hot and sexy little number indeed is this red convertible. In its 40 years, it has known only 3 loyal owners, who kept it pristine and well maintained. It only has 20,314 miles on the clock.

The car comes with a custom made tool kit, and in 1995 experienced a refurbishment to its original state. This extremely rare car is for sale for the first time in 15 years. Additionally, Marque historian, Marcel Massini, also known as “The Information King”, documented its history.

 

#2. 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 – Estimated up to £4,250,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3

This is the ultimate classic racer and was number 6 of only 7 created by Alfa Romeo. This car was a game-changer in Grand Prix racing.

It is a pristine example of the pre-war race car design, which took into account new rules for wider and heavier cars. Additionally, this authentic and rare Tipo B enjoyed famous drivers such as the Flying Mantuan, at its wheel. A FIA Heritage Certificate was issued to this handsome vehicle in 2007.

 

#1. 1970 Porsche 917 Spyder Prototype – Estimated up to £4,700,000

Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars - 1970 Porsche 917 Spyder Prototype
Sotheby’ £20 Million Classic Cars – 1970 Porsche 917 Spyder Prototype

Initially, your first impression of this car is confusion. How can a vehicle held together by duct tape be worth so much? However, to a true connoisseur of classic cars, it is clearly obvious.

This car is the very first of its kind. Dubbed as the “greatest racing car of the 20th Century“, Steve McQueen drove one in the film Le Mans in 1971. It is extremely fast and monstrously loud. Its competition history is extensive. Furthermore, the Spyder is being sold mid-restoration but retains many original features.

 

Image credit: Alexandre Prévot via flickr.com