The auctions at car week in Monterey are truly something remarkable. Each year, RM Sotheby’s manages to outdo themselves with an experience that can best be understood as car show heaven. 2015 is no exception. This year’s exclusive, standalone auction staged for August 8th gathers some of the rarest, most luxurious and exotic cars that have ever been seen in one place. Spanning 57 years of premier world-class automotive production, this is an unparalleled collection not to be missed.
Comprised of a stunning combination of modern supercars and famous racers from the 50’s and ‘60s, this year’s presentation is enough to make any car collector’s mouth water. Now, thanks to the glory of the internet, you can get a sneak preview of RM Sotheby’s 2015 selections from the appropriately named, Pinnacle Portfolio.
Thanks to photographer and YouTube car enthusiast, DLMphotos, you can actually get an inside sneak preview of the roughly 30 of these rare beauties being presented in Monterey. Due to kind access RM Sotheby’s granted to DLMphotos, the July 8th video shows exclusive shots of final preparations and detailing efforts as the near divine automobiles of this year’s auction are prepared for transport.
With some of the most rare and historically significant cars ever built being included on the auction block, it’s difficult to keep your jaw off the floor while watching the video. For details on some of the most significant offerings, you can find out more below.
The RM Sotheby’s Pinnacle Portfolio is truly a premier collection with a lineup that includes the final Enzo Ferrari built for none other than the Pope, as well as Lamborghini’s revered star quarterback, the Reventon.
RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist describes this year’s offering: “From Ferraris and Lamborghinis, to Bugattis and Porsches, an offering of this importance and rarity is absolutely unprecedented.” From DLMphotos’ preview and various sources citing which cars make the cut, this statement is not hard to believe.
Some of the most significant entries in this year’s auction are truly VIP vehicles by any measure. For example, going up for auction is a 2006 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 that was the first production Bugatti ever built and has only 764 miles on its odometer. While there is also a 2012 Super Sport edition of which there are only 8 in the US, but the original production Bugatti certainly makes a one of a kind collector’s piece.
There are a number of Ferraris included in the auction all with their own unique details and distinctive rarities, but none as rare as the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglieti. This thoroughbred is Ferrari Classiche certified, composed of all original mechanical parts and is considered more rare than even the 250 GTO. Other memorable inclusions from the Ferrari lineage include a 1994 F40 LM that was the last of its kind ever built and one of the only two built at Ferrari’s Maranello location. These two aside, wha could possibly garnish a collection like the 2005 Enzo Ferrari built for Pope John Paul II? The 400th and final Enzo ever built caps off a show-stopping Ferrari offering at this year’s auction.
The impressive list goes on from there to include a few other VIPs like a 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. This is one of only two S7 Twin Turbos to feature the Competition Package and the only car at auction that was featured in Iron Man. Porsche’s original supercar, the 1988 959 ‘Komfort,’ will also make an appearance. All of this of course meaning that one of only 63 McLaren F1’s has certainly earned a place on this star studded cast of Sotheby’s auction. This particular F1 is known as the “Road Going LM,” as it is one of only two that were upgraded to factory LM specs.
At an event that features cars combining elements of performance, luxury and rareness, an exotic and ferocious 2005 Maserati MC12 with just 768 km will also find itself right at home.
Of course, last on our list, but most certainly not on the road, is the 2008 Lamborghini Reventón. This absolute gem has only 866 miles on the odometer and is the seventh example of only 20 total Reventons produced in Lamborghini’s famed history.
As you can clearly see both here and in DLMphotos’ YouTube video, the 2015 Sotheby’s auction at Monterey’s car week is in fact quite exceptional. Even if most of us will never get the chance to drive one of these dream cars or make it to Monterey for that matter, the view from here is still beyond spectacular. We hope you’ve enjoyed.
The Pinnacle Portfolio: a 23 car, $65M collection