Auction season is now in full swing and if your bank accounts haven’t taken too much of a hit yet, you might need to brace yourselves for the financial beating you might take when RM Auctions holds its annual event at Monterey this weekend.
Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 16, and Saturday, August 17, RM Auctions will feature a whole lot of classics and exotics that will undoubtedly catch the attention of attending car collectors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.
That’s the allure of all the events that make up this week-long classic-car festival. No matter what kind of name it has, the third week of August has turned into a calendar fixture for auto enthusiasts of all generations.
RM Auctions will be there and you’ll get to see a what’s what list of classic vehicles, some even dating back to the early part of the previous century. So fill up those checkbooks, folks. There’s a good chance that you’re going to be writing a whole lot of checks this weekend if you fancy any of the classics that will be auctioned off by RM Auctions.
Click past the jump to read about three classic cars that could fetch millions at RM Auctions this weekend.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina
Estimated Auction Price: $1 million - $1.2 million
Classic is as classic goes. In a nutshell, this 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina is the epitome of what a classic Ferrari should be. As one of the most iconic Ferraris in history, the 275 GTS was a car that was well ahead of its time. Imagine a car packing close to 300 horsepower almost 50 years ago. That’s what the 275 GTS was capable of, thanks to its powerful 3.3-liter V-12 "Colombo" engine that packed quite a punch while mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
And as far as this particular model is concerned, it’s got quite its own history, having been once owned by legendary racecar driver Bob Grossman before passing through its current owner, a charter member and past president of the Ferrari Club of America, who describes this 275 GTS car as being “the most enjoyable street Ferrari of them all.”
No small words coming from a man who has owned well over 40 classic Ferraris, including the 250 LM and 166 MM.
1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis
Estimated Auction Price: $1.25 million - $1.75 million.
You may not be able to drive this particular car to the local Walmart, but rest assured, when it comes to legendary Indy 500 race cars, this 1974 McLaren M16C Indianapolis has few peers.
If you were following the Indy 500 back in those days, you might even recognize this particular racer, especially after it took home the checkered flag at the Brickyard in 1974 after being driven to the limit by three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford.
If your memory doesn’t go back to those times, the M16C Indianapolis also made some recent public appearances, particularly during the 2009 and the 2011 installments of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Who drove this 800-horsepower racecar in those two events?
Johnny Rutherford, of course.
1955 Jaguar D-Type
Estimated Auction Price: $4 million to $5 million
No Jaguar model can lay claim to having the most respect in the auto racing circle than the D-Type.
Suffice to say, this 1955 D-Type has pretty much seen it all. Whether it’s through actual racing, or even being the subject of a mini-series, this D-Type has turned into a celebrity in its own right.
It’s racing history has been extensively documented with multiple in-period 1st place finishes. In addition, it was also the subject of a five-part feature series in Jaguar World Monthly while receiving a comprehensive restoration 10 years ago by what RM Auctions describe as a "noted D-Type expert".
It’s also had its share of appearances in numerous auto events, highlighted by its place at RM Auctions where the estimated auction price for this 300-horsepower classic can hit anywhere between $4 million to $5 million.