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One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars capable of fetching a million dollars at auction.
One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars capable of fetching a million dollars at auction.
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This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
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This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
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This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
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This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
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This extraordinary 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton owned new by Marlene Dietrich, will cross the auction block on March 12, 2015 in Bonhams' Amelia Island auction, where it is estimated it will fetch between US$700,000 and US$1,000,000.
The Transformal Phaeton appeared conspicuously in Dietrich's first American film, Morocco, in which she starred opposite Gary Cooper, and won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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The Transformal Phaeton appeared conspicuously in Dietrich's first American film, Morocco, in which she starred opposite Gary Cooper, and won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
The last Super Bearcat to reach auction fetched $594,000 in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis. This is a very special American-made supercar of a different era - the estimate may not contain the final hammer price. 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible ($850,000 - $1,200,000)
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The last Super Bearcat to reach auction fetched $594,000 in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis. This is a very special American-made supercar of a different era - the estimate may not contain the final hammer price. 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible ($850,000 - $1,200,000)
The last Super Bearcat to reach auction fetched $594,000 in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis. This is a very special American-made supercar of a different era - the estimate may not contain the final hammer price. 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible ($850,000 - $1,200,000)
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The last Super Bearcat to reach auction fetched $594,000 in the midst of the Global Financial Crisis. This is a very special American-made supercar of a different era - the estimate may not contain the final hammer price. 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat Convertible ($850,000 - $1,200,000)
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
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1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring ($775,000 - $975,000). A near perfect example of the original first series 911, this RS has covered less than 1,000 miles since a complete restoration. In 2013, at the 30th annual Concours d’Elegance of Colorado, it won the Early Porsche category and was awarded an unprecedented score of 240.6 points (out of 240) by the Porsche Club of America. Photo: Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby's
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
Watch for a feature next week on the building of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car
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Watch for a feature next week on the building of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
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This vehicle is a replica of the car Barnato drove in the race against the Blue Train and it is estimated it will fetch between $550,000 and $650,000.
The car was driven at all times by an armed chauffeur who was vested with the responsibility of keeping the studio's leading lady safe. Dietrich was Paramount's answer to the number one box office draw of the day, Greta Garbo
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The car was driven at all times by an armed chauffeur who was vested with the responsibility of keeping the studio's leading lady safe. Dietrich was Paramount's answer to the number one box office draw of the day, Greta Garbo
This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
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This 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 might look like a 240Z Datsun/Nissan but it is indeed a Japanese domestic market 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, incorporating the 160 hp, 24-valve, DOHC two liter six-cylinder engine and drivetrain of the first-generation GT-R - a car equally as legendary in its day as its distant descendant, Godzilla, is today. This is the holy grail of Z cars. Only around 400 were built and many have perished on the racetrack. Very few have escaped Japan where the car is understandably a legend.
Released at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, the Toyota 2000GT broke new ground and signalled the coming of the Japanese car market for enthusiasts for the first time. It has subsequently become the first Japanese car to break the million dollar barrier and is still the most sought-after Japanese collector car of them all, although if one of the original two convertibles built for product placement in the 1967 James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, ever comes to market ...
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Released at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, the Toyota 2000GT broke new ground and signalled the coming of the Japanese car market for enthusiasts for the first time. It has subsequently become the first Japanese car to break the million dollar barrier and is still the most sought-after Japanese collector car of them all, although if one of the original two convertibles built for product placement in the 1967 James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice, ever comes to market ...
The RM Sotheby's pairing has already sold eight of the world's top 100 cars at auction including the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider formerly owned by actor James Coburn which was purchased by British TV and radio personality Chris Evans for a then world record price of US$10,894,900 (it actually sold for EUR7,040,000) in May, 2008 at Maranello, the home of Ferrari in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
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The RM Sotheby's pairing has already sold eight of the world's top 100 cars at auction including the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider formerly owned by actor James Coburn which was purchased by British TV and radio personality Chris Evans for a then world record price of US$10,894,900 (it actually sold for EUR7,040,000) in May, 2008 at Maranello, the home of Ferrari in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars capable of fetching a million dollars at auction.
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One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars capable of fetching a million dollars at auction.
The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida is one of the world's most prestigious classic car events. Image: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
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The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida is one of the world's most prestigious classic car events. Image: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida is one of the world's most prestigious classic car events. Image: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
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The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida is one of the world's most prestigious classic car events. Image: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Some of the world's most expensive cars have been previously sold by RM Sotheby's prior to their new relationship: (top left) a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Speziale Roadster (US$8,106,150 – GBP£3,905,000) in London in October, 2007(top right) the Le-Mans-winning 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Spider (US$9,288,469 – EUR6,875,000) at a Maranello auction in 2007, (bottom left) a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi (US$7,150,000) and (bottom right) a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (US$7,014,433 – EUR 4,510,000) at Maranello in 2008.
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Some of the world's most expensive cars have been previously sold by RM Sotheby's prior to their new relationship: (top left) a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Speziale Roadster (US$8,106,150 – GBP£3,905,000) in London in October, 2007(top right) the Le-Mans-winning 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Spider (US$9,288,469 – EUR6,875,000) at a Maranello auction in 2007, (bottom left) a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi (US$7,150,000) and (bottom right) a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (US$7,014,433 – EUR 4,510,000) at Maranello in 2008.
Lamborghini at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus MacKenzie
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Lamborghini at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus MacKenzie
McLaren at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus MacKenzie
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McLaren at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus MacKenzie
Mercedes Benz at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus MacKenzie
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Mercedes Benz at Pebble Beach, 2014 Pic: Angus M