Every year the RM & Sotheby auctions in Arozona at the beginning of each year are record-breaking. For example, the auction house auctioned a Mercedes Benz 540K special roadster for 6.6 million dollars or a 1969 Ferrari 356 GTS for around 3.6 million dollars this year. The auction, which takes place at the Arizona Bitmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, has some real highlights in the upcoming nineteenth auction in January 2018. A private collection of Italian sports cars and GTs will be auctioned.
One of the highlights is a 1921 Alfa Romeo G1, chassis no. 6018, one of the earliest known examples of a mere 52—including two prototypes—that were built. This rare G1 has been twice awarded at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, most recently in 2013. The oldest running and driving Alfa Romeo, it has since participated in numerous events, including the 2014 Mille Miglia, and the 75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, as well as being displayed at Museo Enzo Ferrari in 2015. The only complete G1 in existence today.
Representing a more advanced period in Alfa Romeo design is a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale with striking one-off coachwork by Boano, chassis no. AR1900C 01846. A masterpiece of Italian design, the 1900C was Boano’s 1955 Torino Motor Show car and, following decades under the care of a handful of Italian owners, would reprise its role on the stand at the 2014 Rétromobile show in Paris and once again in 2015 as part of the invitation-only Preservation Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Boano Speciale has recently been expertly restored and returned to its original color combination, after which it was again presented at Pebble Beach in 2017, where it won its class.
The collection finds its focus mainly in the greatest Italian sports and GT cars of the last century, which of course include those produced by former Alfa Romeo racing driver, Enzo Ferrari. Stand-outs include a gorgeous Blue Sera over Beige example of the final iteration of the 250 GT chassis—a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso, chassis no. 5537 GT. Representing the finest in Ferrari styling and engineering, the Lusso was the recipient of a cosmetic restoration in 2013, which earned it Best in Class at the 2014 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.
Also on offer is one of the finest open 250 GT models, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina, chassis no. 1939 GT. A beauty to behold as well as drive, the 250 GT is the 39th of just 200 second series Pinin Farina Cabriolets built and boasts a well-maintained restoration completed in 2000. Seldom shown under recent ownership, the car is ready for the show field.