Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Favorite Classic Cars For Sale At The Arizona Auctions - Part 3

by Mike - 

Today is part 2 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.

1952 Allard J2X Roadster - Estimate is $175,000 - $225,000

This car has a 283 cid Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission and 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. It puts out 230 bhp. It was originally equipped with a Chrysler engine; this was changed to the current Corvette engine many years ago. These are not the best looking cars around but they are fast and had a reasonable racing history. There were 83 J2X cars produced between 1952 and 1954, so they are quite rare. This is a great combination, British chassis with American power. It is said that these cars influenced Carroll Shelby to build the AC Cobra.

1967 Lamborghini 400GT Coupe - Estimate is $275,000 - $375,000

This car has a 3,929 cc V12 engine with six Weber carburetors and a 5-speed manual transmission producing 320 bhp. I believe that I have mentioned before that the engine was designed by Giotto Bizzarrini. This is a rare "interim" 400GT meaning that it is one of 23 cars that have the 4 liter engine instead of the 3.5 liter engine of the 350GT but does not have the back seats of the 400GT 2+2. This car has beautiful red leather interior and a silver body - great combination and it is a show winner. I want this Lamborghini real bad.

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder - Estimate is $800,000 - $1,000,000

OK, this estimate should be a clue that this is a real Spyder and not a conversion. Indeed RM states "One of only 121 factory-built Daytona Spyders". It has a 4,390 cc double overhead camshaft V12 engine, six Weber carburetors and 5-speed manual gearbox producing 352 bhp. So, it is a Ferrari and a real Daytona Spyder so what more do you need? How about celebrity ownership like “Evel” Knievel, Reggie Jackson and New York DJ Frankie Crocker? Well, it has that too. If you want a Daytona Spyder this one looks like a great catch, it is sure to impress your friends even the Ferrari folks.

1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT - Estimate is $125,000-$150,000 - OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

This car has a 2,418 cc mid-mounted V6 engine with four overhead camshafts and three Weber carburetors and a five-speed manual transaxle putting out 195 bhp. These have now been fully accepted as real Ferraris although they originally did not carry the Ferrari badge. This one is a driver quality car and not a show car, so if the hammer price reflects that then this can be a very enjoyable weekend driver. It is the second lowest priced car that I have profiled from RM and it is not a red Ferrari. So, its got that going for it too.

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra - Estimate is $650,000 - $750,000

This is a real Shelby Cobra with the huge 427 cid engine producing 520 bhp. It also has 4 Weber carburetors and a 4-speed transmission. This car has been fully restored by a well known restoration expert, Stewart Hall (even I know Stewart). RM says "The restoration was completed to spectacular standard in a no-expense-spared fashion to not only look great but also to perform well under the rigors of competition driving". Great car.

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

Click on the images for a larger view.

Below is a Shelby factory post card given to me by my father in 1965. Man, did I want this car.

This is on the back of the post card.

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