This is the Most Valuable Private Car Collection Ever to Go to Auction
It isn’t uncommon to witness one-of-one classic cars and rarified supercars come up for auction these days. Just pour over the dockets at any major auto auction. What is uncommon is to find a massive collection of these hallowed machines, all originating under one roof.
But that’s just what visitors to RM Auctions’ 2015 Pinnacle Portfolio sale will experience when this astounding car collection crosses the auction block in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The collection – owned by one anonymous enthusiast – comprises 23 cars at the time being, but RM expects that number to swell to 30 vehicles as the auction date approaches.
Ready for the list? It’s quite the mouthful: two Bugatti Veyrons, a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider, Ferrari 250 LM, Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Ferrari 288 GTO, Ferrari Daytona Spider, Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari F40 LM, Ferrari F50, Jaguar XJ220, Koenigsegg CCXR, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Reventon, Maserati MC12, McLaren F1 LM, Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Porsche 356 A Speedster, Porsche 959, Saleen S7, and a Toyota 2000GT. And breathe. While all those auto specimens are jaw-dropping of their own accord, the historical significance behind some is truly mind-blowing. That pair of Bugatti Veyrons? The former is actually the first Veyron ever sold to the public, chassis number one, and the latter marks the 300th Veyron built. The 1998 McLaren F1 is known as one of two “road-going LM” models, and comes kitted with a highly tuned LM-spec engine and dresses in McLaren’s Extra High Downforce Package.
But perhaps most impressive is the 2005 Ferrari Enzo. The storied supercar was the 400th and final built during the Enzo production run, and was gifted to none other than Pope John Paul II. The pontiff later auctioned off the Ferrari to support tsunami relief efforts. "The Pinnacle Portfolio was assembled with a clandestine, surgical precision unlike any other that has come to market.” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Its almost obsessive focus on perfection, rarity, and the superlative, irrespective of price, makes it the most significant and valuable private collection of motor cars ever presented at auction.” Looking to bid on one of these gems? Expect competition from some heavy hitters. Most of these cars on their own can fetch seven digit asking prices. As a whole, the sky is the limit.
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