Monterey – 19 August 2017
Having more time on my hands than I thought I would after the Mecum Auctions, I decided to head over to see what cars were left at RM Sotheby’s location. About half of the cars had been sold by the time I got there. Admission though was half the price, so a nice start to an unexpectedly good visit. Unfortunately, that also meant I didn’t get to see the record breaking Aston Martin DBR1/1 which went under the hammer for an incredible $22 million.
A rich collection of Ferrari’s to the right greeted the guests after walking past the currently inactive auction stage. Looking left led my eye to a Bugatti Type 35 and beautiful Pre-A Porsche 356. This opened to a forecourt of some very special cars. Moving further, I immediately spotted a blue Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio. The lot also included a one-off Lamborghini Gallardo Concept S, Luc Donckerwolk’s extreme interpretation of the model which was a special one-off just to gauge custom interest.
One of the more extreme cars here was a 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI All-Weather Cabriolet by Frua with just 133 miles (214km) on the clock. The sheer size of the beast was impressive, as was its rear compartment trimmed in burled walnut with intricate sterling silver inlays, and featured a silk-lined lady’s vanity, a portable Davidoff cigar humidor, television, VCR, radio, and cocktail cabinet. Great for the morning commutes.
Along a wall was a great display piece of Ferraris that included a Ferrari 410 Superamerica, Dino 246GT, and 330 GTC. Shame I missed the others, next year I will ensure that I capture the whole collection, lesson learned.