A 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider is the lead car for the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 classic car auction that also includes two F1-race-winning cars driven and owned by Nigel Mansell.
The most expensive car on sale in the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 classic car auction is a 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider with an estimate of €6,000,000 to €8,000,000. It is followed by a 1989 Ferrari 640 sold by Nigel Mansell who drove it to two Formula 1 Grand Prix victories. Mansell is also selling his 1991 Williams FW14 that won five races. Other race cars in the sale include a Daytona-winning 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 and the first American Formula 1 car, the 1960 Scarab.
RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 Sale
RM Sotheby’s biennial Monaco 2022 classic car auction: 14 May 2022 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo to coincide with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
RM Sotheby’s 2020 auction was canceled due to the Covid pandemic. RM Sotheby’s earned €23,317,290 at the Monaco 2018 sale. At the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2016 sale, RM Sotheby’s earned €27.5 million with the top result €7,280,000 for a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta.
Million-Dollar Cars at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 Sale
The most expensive cars on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 classic car auction are:
|1||1953||Ferrari 340 MM Spider||6,000,000 – 8,000,000|
|2||1989||Ferrari F1 640||2,500,000 – 5,000,000|
|3||1971||Lamborghini Miura DV||2,200,000 – 2,600,000|
|4||1958||BMW 507 Roadster Series II||2,100,000 – 2,500,000|
|5||1973||Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider||2,000,000 – 2,200,000|
|6||1988||Jaguar XJR-9||1,900,000 – 2,400,000|
|7||1969||Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Sports Racer||1,700,000 – 2,100,000|
|8||1965||Ferrari 275 GTB||1,700,000 – 1,8000,000|
|9||1965||Iso Grifo A3/C||1,550,000 – 1,750,000|
|10||1991||William FW14||1,500,000 – 3,000,000|
|11||2012||Ferrari LaFerrari Prototype||1,400,000 – 1,8000,000|
|12||1965||Ferrari 275 GTS||1,400,000 – 1,600,000|
|13||2020||Ford GT Carbon Series||900,000 – 1,100,000|
|14||1973||Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight||800,000 – 1,000,000|
|15||1960||Scarab Formula 1||800,000 – 1,000,000|
|16||1984||Audi Sport Quattro||750,000 – 1,000,000|
Top Ferraris at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 Classic Car Auction
The most expensive car on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 sale is a 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider by Vignale, chassis 0350 AM, estimate €6,000,000 – €8,000,000. This was the last of only ten 340 MM built and is one of only four surviving 340 MM Vignale Spiders
This 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider boasts initial ownership by the famed American sportsman and sports car builder Sterling Edwards. This car is one of the ten cars initially built, seven of which were campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the FIA’s new Sports Car Manufacturers’ Championship. Chassis 0350 AM was campaigned with great success between 1953 and 1955 in the USA, including overall victory at the 1954 Pebble Beach and Palm Springs Races amongst many other notable race finishes. The Ferrari was sympathetically freshened in 2013, after which it was presented at Pebble Beach in August 2015 where it won the Phil Hill Cup.
The 1989 Ferrari 640 Formula 1 Racer, chassis no. 109, estimate €2,500,000 – €5,000,000, is a V12-era car and was the first Ferrari F1 car fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox. It was raced to victory by Nigel Mansell in the Hungarian and Brazilian Grand Prix races in 1989 and to second place in France and Britain. It is sold by Mansell and reputedly hasn’t run since its final race.
The 2012 Ferrari LaFerrari Prototype is sold with detachable test-mule panels used in development by Ferrari. The car also retained some testing stickers and switchgear. A downside is a requirement that the car may never be registered for road use. (Given the number of low-mileage supercars at auction, that seems to be a minor restriction.)
Other interesting Ferraris in the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 sale include:
- A Giallo fly yellow 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider — the 90th of only 123 produced. It has just less than 35,000 miles on the clock.
- A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti — the first 275 GTB imported into France; sold from single ownership since 1998.
- A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina — one of the most beautiful of the mid-1960s Ferraris.
Racing Cars at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 Sale
Further top racing cars on offer in the RM Sotheby’s Monaco classic car auction include:
The 1988 Jaguar XJR-9, chassis 388, which won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990, was the third of just three cars constructed for the 1988 IMSA GT Championship, run by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and the only remaining example of just two XJR-9 chassis ever manufactured as purpose-built IMSA-specification cars. Prior to its most famous victory in 1990, chassis 388 enjoyed two highly successful seasons in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, predominantly in the hands of Davy Jones and Jan Lammers, the car achieved four podium finishes and never finished a race outside of the top seven. During the 1989 season, chassis 388 achieved three front-row starts including a pole position, four second-row starts, and eight overall podium finishes.
By the start of the 1990 season, chassis 388 was fully developed into XJR-12 specification and went on to famously win the season’s headline event, the 24 Hours of Daytona, in the hands of Davy Jones, Jan Lammers, and Andy Wallace. The victory was an unquestionable high point in Jaguar’s illustrious endurance racing history, especially after having finished second overall with this car at Daytona in 1989. Chassis no. 388 also secured a podium finish at Sebring in 1990.
Nigel Mansell won five Formula 1 Grand Prix races and finished second twice in the 1991 William F14, chassis no 5, in the year prior to winning the world championship. The 1992 Williams-Renault FW14B, chassis 08, in which Mansell won five Grand Prix races on his way to becoming 1992 Formula 1 World Champion Driver sold for a Williams marque record £2,703,000 ($3,400,000) at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale 2019.
The 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Sports Racer was built and raced by Autodelta. Nanni Galli and Rolf Stommelen ran second for much of the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours race before being disqualified for receiving a push start.
The 1960 Scarab Formula 1 was America’s first Formula 1 car with three produced for the 1960 season. This GP-2 model was driven by Stirling Moss but failed to qualify for the Monaco GP. Its best finish was 7th in a race at Silverstone.
Million-Dollar Sports Cars at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 Sale
Other sports cars with estimates exceeding a million dollars at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2022 classic car auction include:
- 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV — one of only 21 Miura SV models produce for the US market and the US homologation prototype and factory publicity car.
- 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II — one of 252 produced, a matching numbers sample.
- 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C — final car built to Stradale specification with the rear “flat windscreen”.
- 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series — another GT with only delivery mileage.
- 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Lightweight — one of 200 made, single owner from new.
- 1984 Audi Sport quattro – one of only 164 examples of road-going versions built for Group B Homologation and sold to customers. Only 2,785 km from new.
Monaco Historic Grand Prix Week Classic Car Auctions in May 2022
Results 2022 Auctions: