The RM Sothebys Arizona Aucion is one of the two really big catalog auctions on offer this week. Historically, RM Sotheby’s has offered many high dollar — think over a million of those dollars — cars as well as a number of cars at the aspirational end of the market.
The auction company also has led the way in the U.S. in offering newer cars that appeal for the younger collector.
This year is no different and RM has a large number of vehicles in both categories, many of which are truly exceptional examples, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
The auction takes place January 16-17 with bidding beginning at 5:30 p.m. each day.
My picks from among the cars are:
1991 Lotus Elan
This has to be the finest M100 Lotus Elan on the planet. Finished in the rare color of Metallic Blue with a black leather interior and with only 250 original miles on the odometer, this car has to be the best one available.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K coupe
This car was originally delivered as a roadster but was converted in period by the factory to coupe configuration. But the story is what is most interesting. The owner of this car entered it in a concours but lost best of show to a John Deere tractor. Disgusted, he put the car away and did not look at it for 40 years. This car is in the same condition it was when put away and has wonderful patina and an even better story.
1953 Jaguar XK120
This stunning XK120 belonged to a great friend of mine for years and covered thousands of miles in rallies. My friend is a true sports car enthusiast and when moving the car to its current owner had every detail of the car attended to. This makes for a completely sorted and cosmetically stunning XK120 that is ready for its next owner to cover many more thousands of miles behind the wheel.
1953 Porsche 356
This beautiful blue and early 356 is a excellent example of a bent-window 356 coupe. It was my very favorite car at the RM auction and a very well done restoration. If you want a car that can run practically every the world over, be shown at Porsche Parade and steal the show or drive to the corner for dinner, this Swiss Army knife of a Porsche car do it all.
1961 Jaguar E-type
This is the Holy Grail of E-type roadsters: A side-bonnet latch, welded-louver car. It is finished in Opalescent Green Metallic and is an impressive restoration. It is fitted with a Tremec 5-speed gearbox but it’s original 4-speed comes with the sale. It is a stunning car that very surprisingly is offered at no reserve.
2005 Morgan Aero 8
This is my other favorite car at the RM Sothebys sale and a car I have loved since it was brand new. No matter where you take this car you are very likely to have the only Aero 8 there. Powered by a BMW 4.4 liter V8 with a 6-speed gearbox, it not only looks great but also goes quite fast. To me, it s the perfect combination of modern and classic. Any yes, there is still wood in the body framework.