2019 RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale (Top Fords and Shelbys Announced)

A 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype (Est. $7,000,000 – $9,000,000) leads the American cars on offer at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 sale.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108
Robin Adams ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A series of Ford GT and Shelby cars were announced for the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 classic car auction. The 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108, (Est. $7,000,000 – $9,000,000) is the more interesting car – a $10 million bid for a similar car was rejected earlier this year. The 2017 Ford GT, (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,500,000) is the only example finished in striking Beryllium Orange. Adding to the Americana offering at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale are a trio of cars offered from The Fonvielle Collection including two Shelby 427 Cobras.

RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 Sale

RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 classic car auction: 15 – 17 August 2019 with the first day dedicated to Aston Martin marque cars only.

In 2019, RM Sotheby’s earned $107 million from the three-day Monterey sale. The sell-through rate was 74%.

At the 2018 Monterey auction, RM Sotheby’s earned $158 million by selling 124 of 150 lots (83%). The average sale price was $1,270,903.

At the 2017 auction, RM Sotheby’s earned $133 million with a sell-through rate of 88% and 32 cars sold for over a million dollar. RM Sotheby’s three-day Monterey 2016 auction remained the highest grossing classic car auction ever with $173 million earned and 35 million-dollar cars sold.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108
Robin Adams ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Leading the pack is the forefather of “the pace car for an entire company”, a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype, chassis no. GT/108, (Est. $7,000,000 – $9,000,000) influential in the development of Detroit’s first purpose-built prototype-class race car, which famously went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four consecutive years. The eighth of 12 GT40 prototypes built and the first of a mere five roadsters, this is the only example of its kind to have continually survived in its original form.

Built for Shelby American as a test and development car, GT/108 is one of two cars also used by Kar Kraft for “J” and “X” Series development. Driven by the likes of such legendary drivers as Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, and Jim Clark, this is one of the finest, most original, and rarest examples of Ford’s racing icon. Well cared for and displayed at some of the hobby’s top events throughout its recent life, the GT40 Roadster would surely crown any sports and racing collection as an historic component of the GT40 legend.

The Mecum family refused a $10 million bid for the sister car – chassis GT/109 – at the Mecum Kissimmee 2019 auction.

2005 Ford GT Cars at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019

Fast forward 40 years down the road and Ford celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary with the release of the retro-inspired Ford GT, which remains an exciting performance car in high demand to this day and are often the top result at less high-profile collector car auctions in the USA.

On offer without reserve in Monterey are a pair of low-mileage, well-cared-for GT examples, including a 1,300-mile 2005 Ford GT (Est. $275,000 – $325,000, without reserve) finished in Centennial White and fully equipped with all four factory options, including blue racing stripes, grey-painted brake calipers, attractive lightweight forged BBS wheels, and the upgraded McIntosh sound system .

A rare Midnight Blue 2005 Ford GT (Est. $300,000 – $350,000, without reserve) completes the pair, also featuring all four available options and carefully driven less than 100 miles since it rolled off the assembly line.

2017 Ford GT

Beryllium Orange 2017 Ford GT
©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Completing the lineage to date is a 2017 Ford GT, (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,500,000) the only example finished in striking Beryllium Orange. This particular car was one of the first allocated and features a host of bespoke options, including carbon-fiber wheels. Today this Ford GT is offered in virtually as-new condition, with less than 400 original miles and without encumbrance.

With the initial allocation process being extremely selective, this is a rare opportunity for enthusiasts of modern supercars or American motorsport to acquire a must-have model . (Buyers were originally not supposed to sell the cars on within 48 months but a similar one is on offer at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 and possibly at Mecum and other auctioneers at Monteres 2019 too.)

Ford Mini GT40 by SCAF

Ford Mini GT40 by SCAF
©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Adding some fun for the next generation of enthusiasts to the lineup is a Ford Mini GT40 by SCAF (Est. $25,000 – $35,000, without reserve). An authentic Mini GT40 built in France, this example was recently comprehensively restored and would make for a wonderful conversation piece or, for the adventurous driver aged 7-12, a thrilling ride at the Little Big Mans race held at Le Mans Classic .

“It’s hugely significant for us to offer this group of cars all together in Monterey,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “We’ve had the honor of presenting incredible Fords and Shelbys at the auction in past years, including the very first Cobra and the Le Mans GT40 just last year, and now we can tell the full story of Ford’s legendary racing history with this group. All three models are desirable to today’s American or motorsport collectors, and they will complement each other come sale day.”

Fonvielle Shelby Collection

The Fonvielle Collection
Natan Deremer ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotehby’s

Adding to the Americana offering at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale are a trio of cars offered from The Fonvielle Collection. A passionate enthusiast with a keen eye for detail, David Fonvielle is a long-time collector and Cobra fanatic. As a young man, Fonvielle was sitting at a red light in his Pontiac GTO when a Shelby 427 Cobra pulled up alongside him. He was immediately enamored with the side pipes, roll bar, and incredible exhaust note, and vowed that he would one day own a 427 Cobra. He made it happen, several times over.

Now offered from more than a decade of ownership in the Fonvielle Collection are three immaculate Shelby examples, restored not only to near cosmetic perfection but also completely dialed-in from a performance perspective. Leading the collection is a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra. Chassis no. CSX 3237 comes to Monterey equipped with a host of upgrades including the big-block side-oiler 427 cubic inch V-8 engine, hood scoop, quick jacks, black side pipes, and custom roll bar. Finished in its original red and fully restored to factory specifications by Cobra specialists, this performance-car icon checks all the right boxes (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,250,000).

Joining the 1966 and making for the ultimate pair is a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra, built to SCCA A-Production specifications when new and campaigned at regional races during the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Following the end of its period racing career, CSX 3125 was fully restored by a well-known Cobra specialist to as-raced specifications. It comes to auction in supremely authentic condition and would certainly stand out in any collection of sports racers as a car that was used and enjoyed just as its namesake intended (Est. $1,250,000-$1,500,000).

Rounding out the group is a 1966 Shelby GT350, chassis no. SFM 6S180, a sought-after “carry-over” car delivered in October 1965 and wearing early features seen on the 1965 model year. The car is now fully restored and upgraded for touring, with numerous mechanical components replaced to add greater performance and reliability. Cared for in the Fonvielle Collection for the last decade, this GT350 comes to Monterey retaining all its original body panels and ready to be enjoyed (Est. $275,000-$325,000).

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