LONDON.- RM Auctions
announces a spectacular series of new premier offerings for its upcoming debut sale in Paris, from 45 February 2014, during the world famous Retromobile week. The auction is destined to become another stunning success for RM, as the sale rapidly builds towards a 25 million offering of incredible hand-picked cars.
Hot on the heels of the previously announced and highly anticipated Harburg Competition Car Collection, the latest wave of consignments includes two further greats of endurance motor sport, a 2008 ex-Works Peugeot 908 HDi FAP and a 1982 Rondeau M482 Le Mans GTP. The Peugeot 908 represents one of the most successful sports prototype racing cars of recent years, as it has been developed by the Peugeot factory for an all-out assault on the Le Mans Endurance Series. The 908 was first seen in the 2007 season and was the result of two years of development work by the French manufacturer that was aimed at showcasing its diesel engine technology in the toughest possible motorsport environment. The car on offer, chassis number 05, has been entrusted to RM by the Peugeot factory, it is offered for sale in full Works race trim, and it remains to be powered by its fearsome, factory-built V-12, 5.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It was campaigned successfully during the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons in the LMP1 category of the Le Mans Endurance Series, and the highlight of which was a 2nd place overall finish in the 2008 Le Mans 24 hours, where it was driven by Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve, alongside co-drivers Gene and Minassian (Estimate: 1,400,000 1,800,000).
The 1982 Rondeau M482 Le Mans GTP, chassis number M482-001, is the final iteration of the race car that was designed and developed by well-known Le Mans privateer constructor and driver Jean Rondeau. It was the first M482 of just three built in 1982, and it first saw action at the 6 Hours of Silverstone that year, where it was driven by Jean Rondeau himself before going on to contest at a remarkable five 24 Hours of Le Mansr races between 1983 and 1987, finishing as high as 12th overall in its final appearance at the legendary race and being piloted by Terrian, Rahier, and Grand. With such a prolific Le Mans track record behind it, M482-001 holds a special place in the history of the race, and after retirement, it was displayed at the Musée des 24 Heures - Circuit de La Sarthe, amongst other notable competitors. Today, the car is offered in the same Ford France livery that it appeared in for its first 24 Hour of Le Mans race in 1983, and it is currently fitted with a John Nicholson 3.3-litre Cosworth V-8 engine, offering great potential as a contender in the Le Mans Classic. (Estimate: 200,000 250,000)
RMs inaugural Paris sale is not just a showcase for incredible competition cars, as it will also offer a broad spectrum of very fine automobiles, which brings the total to approximately 60 lots. With RMs usual focus on sourcing only the highest quality, hand-picked examples, the sale will feature a wonderful mix of both pre- and post-war sports and touring cars. Additional highlights secured for RMs Paris debut include:
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Estimate: 750,000950,000)
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400S SV Specification (Estimate: 475,000 575,000)
1990 Ferrari F40 (Estimate: 450,000500,000)
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster (Estimate: 400,000500,000)
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupé (Estimate: 300,000400,000)
1938 Lagonda V-12 Drophead Coupé (Estimate: 350,000450,000)
1930 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster (Estimate: 250,000320,000)
1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 'Six-Door' Pullman Landaulet (estimate: 80,000120,000)
1962 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider (Estimate: 80,000110,000)
RMs inaugural Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the International Automobile Festival, which is taking place from 29 January to 2 February 2014. This exciting event will gather a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pay tribute to car designers from around the world.