Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Favorite Classic Cars For Sale At The Arizona Auctions - Part 2

by Mike -

Today I am presenting some of my favorite cars that are scheduled to be up for auction by RM Auctions on January 20 and 21, 2011 in Phoenix. The British Are Back! is RMs theme for this auction.

1958 Aston Martin DB MK IIIA Coupe - Estimate is $200,000 - $250,000

This Aston has a 2,922 cc inline six cylinder engine with dual SU carburetors producing 162 bhp with a 4 speed manual transmission. This is a very rare car indeed, it was owned by the original owner until 2009! It has only 44,000 miles and is in original unrestored condition. That is about 850 miles per year; it is a California car that still has the black California license plates and is left hand drive (my favorite). In addition to this great stuff I love the ivory white color. I will bet that two sets of golf clubs fit nicely in this wonderful car.

1956 Arnolt Bristol Roadster - Estimate is $150,000 - $200,000

This car is Corvette powered with 225 hp from a 265 cid V-8, dual Carter four-barrel carburetors and a 4 speed transmission. According to RM this car is "In concours-quality condition, the Arnolt-Bristol has been driven a mere 33 miles since completing its full, body-off restoration." This car did not leave the factory with that Corvette engine. With body by Bertone this car would have originally come with a 6 cylinder Bristol engine. These cars have a colorful history and achieved some racing success. There were 142 made between 1953 and 1959 and probably less that 100 still exist today. It will take a special owner for this car, one who can appreciate the unique history. That new owner will then own a rare and special car.

1987 Porsche 959 - Estimate is $350,000 - $440,000

A 2,849 cc rear-mounted air- and liquid-cooled horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine with twin two-stage turbochargers, and six-speed manual gearbox produces 450 bhp. This is a 4 wheel drive super car, the Komfort model, and an "Unmodified, factory-specification 959" according to RM. Porsche 959s are great collector cars and originally were not imported to the US. So, a US buyer should be sure that this car can be licensed for street use (or modified to be legal for street use), or reserve it for track days - which would be great fun too. This will be the coolest Porsche on the block for sure.

1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III Coupe - Estimate is $30,000 - $40,000

The engine is a 3,929 V12 engine with a 5 speed manual gearbox producing 370 hp. This has the same engine as the Miura but is less that one tenth the cost of the cheapest Miura. The Espada was styled by Marcello Gandini of Bertone. This is an original car with 84,000 miles and it will seat four people. It is comfortable for long drives, although probably not with four people. Espadas are under appreciated classic Lamborghinis and this one looks great to me. I have written about Espadas before.

So, these are some of the cars that I like at the upcoming RM auction in Arizona. Make up your own mind - read more and see more pictures at RM Auctions. More from me later this week.

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  1. SUPER HOT CARS! Red one's my favorite. Hmmm.. I was already thinking of buying a red car. But as of now, I don't have enough money to buy one. So I'll just keep on dreaming, until I get the car of my dreams.

  2. My Car Quest can help with dreaming about cars.