Legendary McLaren Speedtail and the first Shelby 289 Cobra head to auction in Arizona

Legendary McLaren Speedtail and the first Shelby 289 Cobra head to auction in Arizona

Blenheim, Canada – RM Sotheby’s is gearing up for an exciting start to the year at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on 25 January 2024. The historic venue is set to host another stunning lineup, showcasing the best examples from European supercars to American classics during Arizona car week.

“We’re thrilled to once again start the new year in Arizona, marking a fresh start and our first event of 2024. After a year of hard work by our team, we are ready to make this another great year for our clients and the industry. Arizona offers both collectors and enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in bidding on an eclectic range of collector cars. We’re bringing an incredible showing of classic American muscle, including the iconic Ford GTs and Shelby selections, featuring the very first Shelby 289 ever. Alongside these, we have coveted European supercars such as the McLaren Speedtail and Porsche Komfort. Additionally, we’ve curated a fantastic assortment of pre- and post-war classics, ensuring that Arizona Car Week has a diverse selection to cater to every taste.” – Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s

2020 McLaren Speedtail

Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

2020 McLaren Speedtail – This Speedtail, finished in the stunning bespoke McLaren Special Operations (MSO) Liquid Blue Silver and adorned with blue and gray full aniline leather, is a contemporary reinterpretation of McLaren’s iconic F1 supercar. Number 69 out of the limited-production run of 106 individually specified examples, this exceptional specimen boasts unique features, including tinted carbon-fiber weave, Thin Ply Technology carbon-fiber details, and polished brightwork. With just 54 miles recorded at the time of cataloguing, this Speedtail stands out among its rare counterparts. Notably, it commands the highest manufacturer suggested retail price encountered by RM Sotheby’s for this model, underscoring the meticulous attention to detail invested in crafting this extraordinary machine.

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort 

Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Porsche’s engineering marvel, the 121st of only 207 Komfort examples, has undergone nearly $60,000 in servicing and detailing since May 2023, including an upgrade to Canepa’s 959 SC coilover suspension system. Retaining its numbers-matching 2.85-liter, twin-turbocharged engine with a recently rebuilt turbo cut-in valve, this classic 959 is finished in Guards Red over special-order black leather upholstery. A well-documented and tastefully specified turnkey example, it stands as an iconic 1980s supercar, offering thrills from both its captivating looks and acclaimed handling. Meticulously maintained, it is an outstanding addition to any curated collection of important supercars.

1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria 

Robin Adams courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria – This award-winning Packard, one of just six known surviving examples, is believed to have originally been owned by the legendary performer Maurice Chevalier. It boasts an exceptional pedigree, featuring its original frame, engine, steering box, body wood stampings, and vehicle number tag. Having garnered accolades at the 2023 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this Packard stands out as a beautiful example and a star among its kind. With an outstanding concours-quality presentation, it epitomizes the company’s Senior models of 1933—a vehicle steeped in rich history and favored by socialites and film celebrities for its 12-cylinder smoothness and Raymond Dietrich’s dazzling designs. Truly, it is an exceptional and iconic representation among Packards.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Karissa Hosek Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra – CSX 2044, the first 289 Cobra, stands as a remarkable testament to automotive history with its preservation of original features and meticulous documentation, making it likely the most obsessively documented Cobra on the planet. Featured in nearly every significant catalogue of Shelby marque history, it has had just three fastidious owners since new, previously owned by the preeminent Shelby collector Lynn Park. Currently indicating just shy of 27,200 miles at the time of cataloguing, this Cobra is still powered by its numbers-matching 289 engine. An incredible prize of distinct, irreproachable significance, CSX 2044 is a reflection of its owners and remains a benchmark reference car. Dr. Horn’s prized possession allows for a blast into the hills on a cool Saturday evening, looking and driving just as it did 50 years ago, highlighting its unique originality and drivability. In a class of its own, CSX 2044 is, and will forever be, the first and only 289 Cobra of its kind.

Projected Top 10 Lots

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster in the style of Sindelfingen
1987 Porsche 959 Komfort1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing1965 Aston Martin DB Short-Chassis Volante1963 Shelby 289 Cobra1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

View all lots here.


The Open-Touring Collection1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster in the style of Singelfingen 2009 Spyker C8 Spyder 1960 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.8 Drophead Coupe1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly1935 BMW 319/1 Sport1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245From The Dr. Gail Reingold Estate1958 Bentley S1 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner. Delivered new to legendary director Alfred Hitchcock1935 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe by Park Ward1952 Bentley Mark VI Cabriolet by Graber 

About RM Sotheby’s – RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales. With over 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions (live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for eight of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction. www.rmsothebys.com

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