275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris docket

275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris
This recently restored 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB headlines Paris auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Scott Pattenden

An alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, one of only five 1954 Osca 2000 S models and a rare Porsche 993 Turbo cabriolet are among more than 70 collector cars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s annual Paris sale during the Retromobile celebration.

RM Sotheby’s auction is scheduled for February 7 at Place Vauban.

The auction house says its star offering will be the recently restored long-nose ’65 Ferrari 275 GTB which is going to auction after more than 40 years in an American collection.

275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris
275 GTB is a long-nose, alloy-bodied rarity

The car, chassis No. 08069, “has recently undergone a ground-up restoration, returning the matching-numbers car to its original factory colors of Argento Metallizatto over a Nero interior, whilst also boasting certification by Ferrari Classiche,” RM Sotheby’s said in its news release.

“One of a mere 60 alloy-bodied 275 GTBs ever made, and widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of the 1960s, this is one of the finest 275 examples to be offered for public sale.”

The auction house expects the car to sell for €2.400.000 to €2.800.000 ($2.8 million to $3.3 million).

275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris
1954 Osca 200 S is one of only five produced | RM Sotheby’s photo by Dirk de Jager

While 60 of the 275 GTBs were produced, only five of the ’54 Osca 200 S models were built. No. 2005 is on the Paris docket, with Morelli coachwork and provenance including victory in the 1954 12 hours of Messina race.

RM Sotheby’s says the car underwent a four-year restoration that was finished in 2003 and is ready “to be enjoyed and driven” by a new owner. The car’s pre-auction estimate is €875.000 to €975.000 $1.03 million to $1.15 million).

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275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris
993 Turbo cabriolet combines features from various Porsche 911 models | RM Sotheby’s photo by Dirk de Jager

Nearly as rare is the 1995 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet. Of only 14 produced, No. 8509 is one of only nine with left-hand drive. The car combines the narrow-bodied 993 Carrera bodywork with 964 Turbo mechanicals and a convertible top. It has a G50 manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive (most 911 Turbos were all-wheel drive).

RM Sotheby’s notes that this car also has an electric clutch produced by RUF but installed by Porsche Exclusive, and that the car has been driven only 32,000 kilometers since new. It’s pre-auction estimate is €625.000 to €725.000 ($740,000 to $860,000).

275 GTB, Osca 200 S and rare Porsche headline RM Sotheby’s Paris
1974 Alpine-Renault A110 ‘Team] car | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tom Gidden

Also on the auction docket are:

• A one-owner, 6,000-kilometer 2014 McLaren P1 wearing Porsche Grauschwartz 7A1 gloss paint with Rocket Red pinstripes done by McLaren Special Operations (a $100,000 option when the car was ordered).
• A 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS prototype with such unique factory modifications as a twin-tank single filler system, carbon fiber engine cover and revised gear selector.
• A two-owner 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 in Titanium over Blue Alcantara.
• A 1977 BMW 633 CSi formerly owned by Polar Music, ABBA’s record company.
• A single-owner 2001 BMW Z8 driven only 28,500 kilometers since new.
• A 1974 Alpine-Renault A110 B “Team Vialle Autogas.”
• A 1974 Alpine-Renault A110 1600 S driven by Piet Kruythof in the 1977-78 FIA European Rallycross Championship and since restored and ready for vintage racing or touring.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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