Editor’s Note: It wasn’t until André Lotterer dropped us a note over a year ago that he’d been shopping for Sport quattros and did we know of any in the USA, that we were really surprised at just rare and expensive these Gruppe B homologation cars were really getting. On that note, we’ve taken on the new attitude that any Sport quattro going up for sale is newsworthy and as such it’s worth noting the presence of one car in next month’s RM Auction event in Arizona alongside a mix of very substantial Lamborghinis and a Ducati.
See more information in this press release below from RM, followed by lot-by-lot breakdown of all Audi, Lamborghini and Ducati entries confirmed in the sale.
- RM Auctions’ annual Arizona Biltmore sale returns January 15 – 16
- A staple on the global collector car calendar, 2015 auction to feature 120 blue-chip automobiles
- Early highlights are packed with high performance, led by an exciting trio of European supercars
- Full event information and a frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce a trio of iconic European supercars among early highlights for its 16th annual Arizona sale, returning January 15-16. Held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, the two-day auction follows RM’s strongest performance in Arizona to date earlier this year – a result the company plans to build on in January when it presents a handpicked roster of 120 blue-chip automobiles. The RM offering will again span the spectrum of the market, with early entries including a diverse mix of prewar classics, important sports and racing cars, poster cars of the 1970s and 1980s and high performance late-model supercars.
“We’re excited to return to the Arizona Biltmore for our 16th consecutive year. Our Arizona sale consistently kicks off the season on a strong note and we look forward to continuing that tradition in January,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Auctions West Coast Division. “Add in the fact that the Arizona Biltmore is also home to the Arizona Concours d’Elegance just days prior to our auction, and it is certainly a must-visit destination during Arizona Auto Week.”
Leading the trio of supercars poised for RM’s Arizona podium is an incredibly well-preserved 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’, resplendent in Graphite Grey metallic with a Dark Grey leather interior with silver inserts. Capable of a blistering 197 mph, the 959 was a game-changer in the supercar world, deploying new technology in the pursuit of record-breaking speed, and combining outlandish performance with all-weather, all-seasons drivability as well as a level of luxury and comfort unique to the supercar class. With just 21,000 kilometers from new, the example on offer would be the centerpiece of any Porsche enthusiast’s collection (Est. $900,000 – $1,100,000).
A short time later, Ferrari released a supercar that would punch through the 959’s speed record to 201.4 mph, doing so in a completely different fashion. With the F40, Ferrari turned to their Formula One team for inspiration and stuck with the tried-and-true idea of “less is more”, making it as lightweight as possible. RM’s Arizona sale will lift the gavel on a superb Ferrari Classiche-certified 1990 Ferrari F40. With only 5,000 miles on its odometer, it is sure to deliver its next owner its trademark driving experience, more thrilling than any of its contemporaries – and indeed, some auto journalists would argue, anything that followed (Est. $1,150,000 – $1,350,000).
A viable alternative to the established supercar lineups of Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini, the 550-bhp Bugatti EB110 fused an iconic French car-making name with Italian design and construction and incredible engineering. Equipped with a V-12 engine and four turbochargers, the EB110’s top speed of 213 mph blew earlier supercars out of the water. The example on offer at RM’s Arizona sale, a 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT, is the sixth production example of just 139 built and was originally owned by a noted Japanese collector who drove it throughout Europe and Japan. Ready to return to the open road, it presents a rare ownership opportunity, as only a handful have been imported to this side of the Atlantic (Est. $575,000 – $775,000).
Kelleher adds, “We’re thrilled to secure this group of iconic supercars for our Arizona sale. Fresh to the market, they represent the ultimate in performance while each maintaining a unique style all their own.”
Additional notable early entries secured for RM’s Arizona Biltmore sale include:
1984 Audi Sport quattro
Chassis no. WAUZZZ85ZEA905147
Chassis no. 1121096
Chassis no. ZA9CA05A8JLA12322
- Two owners and under 600 kilometers from new
- Finished in the highly desirable Nero over Nero with gold wheels
- Perhaps one of the finest Countaches extant
Calling the Lamborghini Countach “groundbreaking” would be an understatement. It has been one of the most recognizable cars of its time since leaving the crowd at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show flabbergasted upon its unveiling. The Miura, the predecessor to the Countach, set the industry standard for supercars when it was introduced, and the Countach showed that Lamborghini still had one more trick up its sleeve. Just like the Miura, there was nothing on sale at the time that came close to the Countach in terms of visual appeal or overall automotive panache, and it was destined to become a future classic.
Marcello Gandini’s angular design typified the design language of the 1980s nearly 10 years in advance. The car was highlighted by its eye-catching, upward-hinged “scissor doors,” and every inch of it was designed with show-stopping visual appeal in mind. For those who could afford it and were looking to stand out from the crowd, it was the perfect automobile, as it was eye-catching and jaw-dropping in every way. While the Countach’s design seemingly evolved constantly over the car’s 16-year lifespan, it was always instantly recognizable and just as desirable as the day the cover was lifted off the Geneva show car in 1971.
Fourteen years after the introduction of the initial Countach, Lamborghini returned to the Geneva Auto Show in March 1985 to introduce the third iteration of the Countach, the Quattrovalvole, which was named for its four valve heads. The car’s V-12 featured an increase in cubic displacement to 5,167 cubic centimeters, and the compression ratio was increased to 9.5:1. This brought horsepower to 420 at 7,000 rpm for the fuel-injected models, increasing power by 45 brake horsepower over the outgoing LP5000S Countach. Cosmetically, the Countach remained largely unchanged, with the only change being to the rocker panels, where vents were added to extract air for the rear brakes.
This particular Countach, a 1988 5000 Quattrovalvole, was produced in February 1988 as a U.S.-specification model. It had Bosch fuel injection, was finished in Nero over a Nero leather interior, and had optional gold wheels and the iconic rear spoiler, just as it is seen here today. The car was immaculately preserved by its first owner for over 30 years, and then, in 2011, it was purchased by its second, and current, owner, showing just 520 kilometers on its odometer. It was fully serviced at that time by specialists at Manhattan Motorcars of New York City, who replaced the timing belts and all the fluids. Since then, the car has been the owner’s prized possession, and he made it his mission to preserve it in the very original condition in which he purchased it. As such, it has only been run and driven to ensure the functionality of the drivetrain and has only accumulated less than 100 kilometers in his ownership, from just from driving the car around the block and back into the garage a handful of times.
The Lamborghini Countach is without a doubt the most iconic automobile of the 1980s. It was the poster-child for a generation. Those who lived through that decade were mesmerized by the car’s incredible looks and performance, yet only the fortunate few had the wherewithal to put one in their garage. As original and well-maintained models have become increasingly difficult to find, exceptional examples are quickly being snatched up by collectors in anticipation of ever rising values, rarity, and desirability. This Countach is virtually as-new, as it has been incredibly well cared for and preserved every day of its life, and it marks a wonderful opportunity.
Chassis no. ZA9LU45A6KLA12156
- One of only 301 produced and very few in the United States
- Two owners and 18,000 miles from new
- Wearing attractive colors and its original Pirelli Scorpion tires
- A Lamborghini SUV for the man who has everything
In 1981, the only vehicle that could be found at the intersection of the exotic supercar and the off-road vehicle was Lamborghini’s LM002. It was as brutish as it was luxurious, and it found use with a variety of customers, ranging from militaries to Sheiks, as it could be stripped out for professional use or specified with all the luxuries that Lamborghini’s usual customers were accustomed to. The LM002 was graced with four-wheel drive, seating for four, and more than enough room for luggage, resulting in a vehicle that could go anywhere and one that makes no compromises.
Aside from the obvious addition of rear seats, the LM002’s interior is instantly familiar to anyone who has spent time in a Countach. Wood and leather is abundant, and even though the V-12 sits in front of the driver rather than behind, the exhaust note is still unmistakable, as its engine was sourced from none other than the Countach. Feeding that thirsty V-12 engine was a massive 76-gallon fuel tank, which helped accommodate its 8-mpg fuel consumption. Its performance was extraordinary, as it could complete a 0–60 mph run in just 7.7 seconds, which was incredible considering the LM002’s curb weight was 5,720 pounds!
This LM002, which was built in March 1989, has had only two prior caretakers, and it has spent its entire life in the Pacific Northwest with its second owner, Robert F Meyer of Hoquiam, Washington, who owned the car for the past 23 years. The odometer shows 18,000 miles, all of which are believed to be original, and it is still fitted with its original Pirelli Scorpion tires, which were custom made by Pirelli specifically for the LM002. With the exception of its wood trim, which was recently replaced due to its age, this LM002 has been very well preserved and remains in largely original condition. It would make for a compelling driver in any locale, be it the sand dunes of Qatar or the urban jungle of New York City. This car, finished in classic red with a black interior, is certain to attract attention anywhere in the world.
The LM002 is perhaps the most outlandish vehicle created by a company that is known for creating cars that defy rationality, and it is undoubtedly an important part of Lamborghini history. The LM002 was destined to become a future classic the moment the final car left the production line, and an excellent example should be part of any significant collection of Lamborghinis. This example will certainly not disappoint.
Engine no. 089836
Frame no. DM750SS 075166
Chassis no. 54089
The new drivetrain employs one of Dean Polopolous’ ingeniously engineered four-cylinder SOHC “Polo” engines. The powerplant was based on a sectioned 901/911 five-main-bearing six-cylinder that had the central pair of cylinders removed, and it is fitted with a Velasco billet steel crankshaft, J&E pistons in Mahle cylinders, Elgin camshafts, and twin plug heads. It breathes through a pair of Weber 48 IDA downdraft carburetors and a custom Bursch exhaust, creating 137 brake horsepower. The five-speed 901 gearbox has a 904 mainshaft and custom gear ratios.
The “Emory Special” project was a success, as the little coupe set a new unofficial one-way E/GT class speed record of 151.52 mph. Afterwards, the engine was completely rebuilt, the body was stripped and repainted, and the chassis was set up by Heritage Motorcar Restorations in St. Petersburg, Florida.
This unique Porsche 356, the epitome of the “Outlaw,” was featured in Excellence in November 2003, won First Place in the Concours at Brumos Porsche Octoberfest in 2004, and participated in the Daytona Rennsport Reunion in 2004.
This unique Porsche 356 was acquired by the current owner from Mr. Hathorn in 2007, and it is being offered here to the next rebellious driver willing to take this Outlaw on the run.