RM Sotheby’s has announced the incredible Gran Turismo Collection, which offers a stunning selection of some of the most iconic cars of the past 50 years, all offered from within a highly curated single-owner collection.
Michael Squire, a Senior Car Specialist and Director of Research at RM Sotheby’s, says: “This is certainly one of the most remarkable single-owner collections of supercars to be offered in Europe, and further reinforces our global reputation for bringing fine collections to market. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this unbelievable collection of cars. It represents a cross section of supercars and GTs which are at the zenith of desirability in today’s market. The Group B rally cars are an additional, remarkable highlight, perfectly encapsulating the peak of rallying’s most extreme era.”
For many, it is the Ferrari marque that best defines the true meaning of the word ‘supercar’, and the 1980s was the decade in which the term really established itself in the motoring vocabulary. It’s probably accurate to say the 288 GTO was the first Ferrari to take the concept of a fast road car to a new level, developed, as it was, for Group B competition, and being only the second homologation Ferrari road car to boast ‘GTO’ nomenclature since the legendary 250 GTO. The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO offered in the Collection is a beautifully maintained example, finished in Rosso Corsa and with 23,615 kilometres on the odometer (Estimate: £3,250,000 – £4,000,000). Also on offer is a 1991 Ferrari F40, one of the most exotic and coveted of all Ferrari road cars, and perhaps the last of the truly analogue Ferrari supercars. Boasting a mighty twin-turbo V-8, it still remains to be one of the most thrilling supercars ever built (Estimate: £1,400,000 – £1,600,000). The F40s successor was the incredible F50, and the 1997 Ferrari F50 offered is one of just 349 produced and boasting significant Formula One derived technology of the period (Estimate: £3,250,000 – £4,000,000). But to complete the Ferrari ‘Big 5’, the Collection also features a 2003 Ferrari Enzo (Estimate: £1,800,000 – £2,200,000) and a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari (Estimate: £2,000,000 – £2,500,000), both the pinnacle of automotive technology at the time of their launches and both delivered new to the current owner. The Collection also features a trio of Giallo open-top Ferraris including a 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta (Estimate: £1,100,000 – £1,400,000), a 2000 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina (Estimate: £180,000 – £230,000), and a 2006 Ferrari Superamerica (Estimate: £190,000 – £230,000).
By the 1990s, Bugatti was a marque which hadn’t produced anything meaningful since the second world war. But all that changed with the launch of the fearsome EB110, a car which brought the famous name back into the public consciousness with brutal performance, exotic looks, and state-of-the-art engineering. The 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT offered a quad turbo 3.5-litre V-12 that took the car all the way to 213 mph, the one on offer is a beautiful example finished in Bugatti Blu paint with a Grey interior (Estimate: £1,500,000 – £2,000,000). But for anyone wanting the peak development of the model, there is also an opportunity to acquire a rare 1996 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, which boasted even greater performance figures thanks to a range of modifications and 150 kg less weight. Around 30 SS models were constructed (Estimate: £2,500,000 – £ 3,000,000). Since the EB110, Bugatti returned with a series of models that have redefined performance and engineering expectations at the pinnacle of the supercar market. None more so than the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ to be offered in London. The ultimate variant of the already extreme Chiron, the example on offer features a Black Carbon exterior with Jet Orange stripes and has covered a mere 1,416 miles. It is the one of only 30 ever produced and the fastest of all the Chiron versions, with an incredible top speed of 304 mph (Estimate: £4,000,000 – £4,500,000).
But you can’t have a Gran Turismo Collection without two of the key 20th-century cars to leave the Lamborghini factory. The 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV by Bertone continues to turn heads more than 50 years after its launch, and the car offered is presented in the dramatic colour of Miura Verde. Known for its thrilling, transversely mounted V-12 engine and jaw-dropping looks, this is arguably the genesis of the modern supercar (Estimate: £1,900,000 – £2,200,000). Representative of what is possibly the most outrageous supercar of its era is the 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S by Bertone. With its Gandini-designed bodywork and scissor doors, this example boasts ‘S’ specification, and looks incredible in dramatic white over white. Incredibly, it is being offered by its second owner (Estimate: £380,000 – £500,000).
The Collection also features three stunning Group B rally cars, all boasting incredible provenance. The Works 1982 Lancia 037 Group B rally car was driven by rally superstars Markku Alén and Walter Röhrl, with Röhrl winning the 1983 ADAC Rallye Deutschland at the wheel (Estimate: £950,000 – £1,200,000). The Works 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, presented in stunning Martini livery, was the 1986 Monte Carlo rally winner in the hands of Finnish rally legend, Henri Toivonen; this victory would be his last in WRC, and this S4 is one of the most outstanding Group B cars in existence (Estimate: £1,750,000 – £2,250,000). No Group B lineup is complete without an Audi, and the Works 1985 Audi Quattro S1 E2 Group B is a highly significant example of the breed. Powered by Audi’s incredible 550-hp, 2.1-litre 5-cylinder engine, the Quattro S1 is up there with the most iconic and recognisable rally cars of all time. The example offered was used by World Rally Champion Hannu Mikkola for the 1985 RAC Rally and is presented in its works livery (Estimate: £1,750,000 – £2,250,000).
This remarkable collection is rounded up by two exceptionally rare Jaguars. Only nine competition-bred TWR Jaguar XJ220s were completed and six of these were made as road-going S models. Produced as a limited-production, road-going version, to comply with homologation requirements, the 1993 Jaguar XJ220 S on offer is a rare and exotic beast. Presented in orange over grey, this 217-mph car represents an incredibly rare opportunity for collectors (Estimate: £850,000 – £1,100,000). But for many, the ultimate example of TWR’s development of high performance Jaguar road cars is the 1991 Jaguar XJR-15, essentially a racecar modified for the road. With just 53 made, and with its DNA developed from the Le Mans-winning XJR-9, this is an incredibly special part of Jaguar’s 20th-century heritage. Remarkably, this example has only 67 miles on its odometer (Estimate: £950,000 – £1,200,000).
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