2018 RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles Petersen Museum Sale (Supercars Announcement)

The lineup of supercars announced for the RM Sotheby’s Petersen Museum sale 2018 include a Miura, F40, 959, GT40, 918 and P1.

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RM Sotheby’s announced an interesting lineup of supercars for the Petersen Automotive Museum sale in Los Angeles in December 2018. This include an example of the first supercar – a Lamborghini Miura P400 SV. A Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 represent the 1980s while the Porsche Carrera GT and Ford GT were amongst the last analogue supercars produced. The Porsche 918 Weissach Spider and McLaren P1 are modern hypercars.

RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles 2018 Petersen Automotive Museum Sale

RM Sotheby’s scheduled its first Los Angeles sale for 8 December 2018 at the Petersen Automotive Museum offering 68 cars and and around 80 lots of automobilia.

RM Sotheby’s earned $39.8 million from the car sale with a 79% sell-through rate. The Ferrari 290 MM contributed more than half to the total.

Supercars at RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles 2018 Petersen Museum Sale

RM Sotheby’s announced an exciting lineup of automobiles spanning four decades of supercar evolution for the Petersen Automotive Museum sale in Los Angeles. This remarkable group ranges from the original supercar to some of the most technologically advanced hypercars of today – a collection rarely seen in a single sale or even sales series other than Monterey.

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV

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The selection of supercars begins with an exciting example of the final iteration of what is dubbed the “original supercar,” the Lamborghini Miura. An unmistakable shape, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV on offer, chassis no. 4912, is the only Miura SV originally delivered in striking Bleu Medio over Pelle Bleu interior and is one of just five single-sump SVs sold new to the United States equipped with optional air conditioning. Producing a total of 385 horsepower, the SV can sprint from 0–60 mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. An excellent driver’s Miura boasting a superb concours restoration, it is sure to attract attention wherever it goes.

The estimate of $2,100,000 – $2,500,000 is towards the higher end of Miura results at recent auctions. Prices generally were firmer in 2015-16.

“Nothing thrills an enthusiast quite like the supercar they worshipped as a youth,” says Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Technological advancements and a drive to be the best have been at the forefront of supercar battles since the birth of the word, and we’ve assembled a lineup of cars that captures some of the most radical and important achievements in supercar development across more than forty years– sure to speak to collectors of all ages. Interest in high-performance supercars has been consistent throughout our calendar sales, and we’re delighted to bring another fresh-to-market group to the Petersen Museum.”

Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 at RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles Sale 2018

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Further down the road in supercar lineage comes the first true battle of the brands between the diametrically opposed 1989 Ferrari F40 and the 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. While the F40 was all about the engine and a stripped down, spartan driving experience, the 959 was one of the most technologically innovative cars ever built, with numerous pioneering advancements.

The F40 on offer was delivered new to Stefano Casiraghi, Italian socialite, successful racer, and second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Well cared for throughout its life, the F40 is fitted with desirable Plexiglas windows and shows just 4,000 km from new.

This F40 was sold by RM Sotheby’s in Paris 2016 for €1,036,000 and the current owner seemed not to have added much mileage to the car since. The estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,600,000 is surprisingly wide but reflects current market uncertainty.

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The 1987 Porsche 959 set for the Los Angeles sale is an early Komfort model and one of very few that have been federalized and registered for street use in California. Highly original and professionally maintained, the Porsche is offered from single ownership for the last decade. It has just less than 41,000 km on the clock.

The estimate of $950,000 to $1,100,000 show a rare willingness to sell this model at  below a million dollar. A Porsche 959 Komfort in good condition usually achieve the million dollar mark but rarely much more, except for unusual or exceptional models.

Early 21st Century Supercars at RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles 2018 Sale

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By the mid-2000s, the world saw the last of the analogue supercars with the Porsche Carrera GT and the Ford GT. Two cars that are seen in high numbers at collector car auctions.

Offering motorsport-inspired thrills, the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT coming to RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles sale is exceptionally and uniquely well-optioned. The original owner specified the car be finished in Basalt Black Metallic over Terracotta leather, with the wheels painted to match the exterior, and a luggage set trimmed in matching leather. Boasting comprehensive service, just two owners, and 8,800 miles from new, the Carrera GT is as close as one can get to a race car for the road.

The estimate of $700,000 to $900,000 is fair for the model. Only Mecum has ever sold a Carrera GT for more than a million dollar – three times actually, at Monterey 2017, 2016, and 2015.

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Proving close competition to the Carrera GT in period, the four-option 2006 Ford GT coming to California is presented in virtually as-new condition, with a mere six original miles on the odometer. One of just 69 cars finished in Speed Yellow with full stripe for 2006, this is a truly exceptional example in the rarest production color.

Ford GT cars features frequently at collector car auctions in the USA with Mecum and Barrett-Jackson selling them frequently with in the estimate of $300,000 to  $350,000 (offered without reserve).

Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Museum Sale 2018

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Finally, the evolution of the supercar comes to the hybrid powertrain realm of today. The 918 Spyder boasts three separate powertrains, which combined produce a monumental 887 horsepower, propelling the car from 0-62 mph in just over two seconds, with a top speed of over 200 mph. The 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder presented by RM is offered in as-new condition, with just 279 miles on the clock. The car is fitted with the highly desirable and slightly more radical Weissach lightweight package, which also includes a factory applied Matte Black wrap and Martini livery

The estimate of $1,500,000 to $1,700,000 is not particularly ambition for a low-mileage Weissach model. This very car previously sold for $1,732,000 at the RM Sotheby’s New York 2017 sale with it seems only 10 miles less on the clock.

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Built to compete with the 918 Spyder, McLaren’s P1 is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to an electric motor, producing a monstrous 903 brake horsepower and powering the car to a top speed of 217 mph. The 2015 McLaren P1 on offer is presented from single ownership and has covered less than 350 miles. Brilliantly optioned with a host of McLaren Special Operations features, the P1 is ready to enjoy.

The estimate of $1,300,000 to $1,700,000 is lower than any accepted bid for a McLaren P1 at auction.

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