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Christopher Bruce2013-01-21 18:40:32

Eight Cars Sell for Over $1 Million at RM Arizona Auction

Ferraris continue to prove among most valuable cars to collectors

The Delahaye was on display at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon

In a one-day auction in Phoenix, Arizona, RM Auctions sold $36.4 million in cars and eight cars sold for over $1 million. The best seller of the show was a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta 'Competizione'250 GT SWB Berlinetta CompetizioneFerrari 250 GT SWB Berlin...Italy, 1960 > present26 photos
that went for $8.14 million. 

The auction showed that FerrarisFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
5154 photos
37 videos
still rank as some of the most valuable cars to collectors. Of the eight cars that sold for over $1 million five of them were Ferraris. The other three were a Shelby CobraCobraShelby CobraUnited States of America, 1961 > 19683 series
8 versions
37 photos
, 1938 Delahaye and 1931 Duesenberg Model J. 

“We are very pleased with the results. We strategically limited our sale this year to a smaller, more exclusive offering than previous years, yet the sales tally for our single-day event was up on our 2012 total by more than 42 percent, a significant increase that reflects not only the exceptional quality of the automobiles presented, but also illustrates the continued strength of the market for ‘best of category’ examples," said RM Managing Director Shelby Myers. 

RM produced videos to promote a few of the vehicles being sold at the auction and two of those cars were among the top sellers. You can view those videos below the cars. 

The top selling Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta 'Competizione' was also on the cover of the auction's catalog. The car was number 17 of 74 Competizione Short Wheelbase cars produced and was believed to be one of the best-documented examples. 

The 1967 Shelby 427Shelby Cobra 427United States of America, 1968 > present ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra is one of 29 S/C cars built and sold for $2,007,500. The cars were built for FIA homologation but were submitted too late and not homologated for the racing season. Instead Shelby sold the cars to interested buyers. They are powered by a 425in³ (7.0 liter) Ford NASCAR engine with upgraded brakes and suspension over standard Cobras. 

A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4275 GTB4Ferrari 275 GTB4Italy, 1966 > 196732 photos
sold for $1,842,500. It is a numbers matching example and had its restoration down by Ferrari Classische. 

A 1938 Delahaye 135 MS CoupeDelahaye 135 MFrance, 1936 > present was the display car at the 1938 Paris Auto Salon and sold for $1.54 million.

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB275 GTBFerrari 275 GTBItaly, 1963 > present28 photos
sold for $1.32 million. It is one of 450 built and has been certified by Ferrari Classische. They were the first Ferrari road cars with a four-wheel independent suspension. 

A 2003 Ferrari EnzoEnzo FerrariFerrari Enzo FerrariItaly, 2002 > 200424 photos
2 videos
sold for $1.32 million as well. It is the only silver car that was delivered to the US, and one of six silver cars that were made. 

A 1930 Duesenberg Model JDuesenberg JUnited States of America, 1931 > present Tourster is one of eight original Toursters built. It sold for $1.32 million. The Tourster body features a convertible top with four doors. It has been owned by the same family for the last 45 years. 

Finally, a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe250 Europa Coupé 2+2 PininfarinaFerrari 250 Europa Coupé...Italy, 1953 > 195319 photos
sold for $1,017,500. It is one of 16 built and powered by a Lampredi V12 engine. The model is considered the first Ferrari GT car. 

The entire auction catalog is available to view online and can be browsed through here


250 GT Gen.1250 GT Gen.1
250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
V 12 (60º vee)
180 cu in
Top Speed
168 mph
Maximum power
275 hp @ 7000 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost




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