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  • RefCode: TA1187907
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL J
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,930
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate:$1,400,000 - $1,800,000 Offered from the Keith Crain CollectionOriginally owned by infamous underworld figure Jake the Barber FactorFormerly owned by Joe Kaufmann, Ben Caskey, and S. Ray MillerWell-maintained older restoration; original chassis, bell housing, and coachworkMultiple national AACA, CCCA, and ACD Club award winnerPictured in Griffith Borgesons Errett Lobban CordACD Club Certified Category 1 (D-154) The Murphy convertible coupe was justifiably the most popular single body style constructed on the Duesenberg Model J chassis. It had smooth, simple, classically elegant lines, with the subtle beauty that Pasadena coachbuilders Walter M. Murphy were known for. Today the style remains a true classic, and examples very seldom become available for sale, in particular ones with the superb known history of J-143the Jake the Barber Model J, a car whose history begins in gangland and ends amongthe great collectors of the last half century.JAKE THE BARBEROne of about 25 Murphy convertible coupes built with a conventional folding top, J-143 is believed to have served as a factory branch demonstrator in California before being sold new on 17 May 1932 to Jake the Barber Factor of California. Half brother of cosmetics magnate Max Factor, the Barber took his nickname from his early training in hair care. He found his millions not in blush, but in bamboozling, running a stock scam in England that ensnared even British royals and netted him $8 million; afterward he fled to France, rigged the tables at the Monte Carlo casino, and literally broke the bank, then took his newfound riches home to the United States. Tried in absentia by the UK courts, he arranged a kidnapping to avoid extradition. The ploy worked, and Factor remained in the US, eventually relocating to Las Vegas, where he wound up his, shall we say, storied career running the Stardust for the mob.Jake the Barber kept the Murphyconvertible coupe for only a few months prior to trading up to the disappearing top torpedo convertible coupe J-249but they were undoubtedly an exciting few months.The Duesenberg factory branch in Los Angeles resold the car in July 1932 to Mrs. Reginald Parsons III, wife of a Seattle architect, himself a Model J owner. Afterward the car was apparently acquired by a G.I. and driven into the Midwest, where after World War II it was sold by famed Duesenberg dealer John Troka.After two short-term intervening owners, the Model J returned to Troka, who sold it in 1951 to Dan Lang of Racine, Wisconsin. Lang was an early Duesenberg enthusiast who acquired several of the cars and many parts in the immediate post-war era. He maintained the car in partially restored condition until his passing in 1972, after which J-143 was purchased from his estate by longtime collector Charles Johnson, who had several Model Js during this period.DOC DUESENBERGS COVER GIRLJohnson shortly traded J-143 to Joe Kaufmann, thefamed and much-loved Duesenberg Doctor of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, known as the highly skilled mechanical restorer of dozens of Model Js in a career that lasted six decades. Kaufmann meticulously restored J-143, installing the engine from J-174 but retaining the original engines bell housing. The completed Murphy convertible coupe, dubbed Baby by its proud owner and restorer, appeared as the cover feature, Doc Duesenbergs Cover Girl, of the ACD Club Newsletter, No. 9 1977, and as a color plate in Griffith Borgesons book Errett Lobban Cord.Baby was sold in 1978, moving to Florida in the hands of Ben Caskey, himself a highly regarded collector with a small, select collection of Full Classics. Caskey, in turn, passed the car in 1983 to prolific Duesenberg owner Rick Carroll, from whom it was acquired in 1984 by S. Ray Miller of Elkhart, Indiana, inventor of the crushproof cigarette pack.J-143 became the crown jewel of the S. Ray Miller Museum, what was, for two decades, one of the Midwests most superbcollections of Full Classics, with a focus on significant Indiana-built automobiles. Each automobile in the collection was fully restored, many by Mr. Millers trusted advisors at LaVine Restorations of nearby Nappanee, with an eye towards making it as correct and exquisitely finished as possible. Accordingly, J-143 was placed in the LaVines hands in 1993 and emerged in 1995 in its present dark green livery with tan interior. It then embarked upon a highly successful show career, receiving several ACD Club awards, an AACA National First Prize, CCCA Senior First Prize (reaching Emeritus status), and Best Duesenberg at the Meadowbrook Concours dElegance. The car remained in the Miller Museum until 2004, when the collection was sold following its owners passing. It was then acquired by the present owner, in whose own carefully chosen stable it has remained for the last 16 years. During that time it has been only occasionally shown, including winning Second in Class at the Pebble Beach ConcoursdElegance in 2006 and appearing at the Concours dElegance of America in 2014 and 2017, receiving a Lion Award in the latter. The restoration is now older and mellowed, but still highly attractive and presentable, with the odometer noting 255 miles since the work was completed. The owner notes that the engine was repainted by Classic & Exotic Service shortly following his acquisition.A respected and well-known example, with the outstanding provenance of Kaufmann, Caskey, and Miller, the Jake the Barber Model J is a Duesenberg to be treasured. One imagines it could still outrun just about anything...To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1188089
  • Make: FERRARI
  • Model: ENZO
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 2,003
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate:$2,750,000 - $3,000,000 Offered from the Lingenfelter CollectionLess than 1,700 miles from new; one of only 399 builtUpgraded with Tubi Extreme exhaust; original includedAccompanied by window sticker, service records, manuals, tools, and charger If one manufacturer can claim to have created the definitive mold for a modern evolution of consistently amazing hypercars, it must be Ferrari. From the competition-bred 288 GTO and F40 of the late 1980s, through the voluptuous F50 of the 1990s, Ferrari combined unparalleled performance and breathtaking designs to build small batches of impeccable road machines for ultraexclusive buyers. These were undeniably the most formidable production sports cars of their day.After F50 production concluded in 1998, the die-hard tifosi dreamt of what exotic machine Maranello would create nextand what form it would take. Speculation was rampant over whether the next model wouldemploy a rear-mounted V-8 or V-12, and if the packaging would be spartan and purposeful like the F40, or luxurious and evocative of vintage designs like the F50.In mid-2002, then Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo ended the wait with the introduction of the forthcoming Ferrari Enzo. Though the models name required no explanation, he reasoned that after Ferrari had named cars for historically important locales like Maranello and Modena, the time had finally come to honor the companys founder. He also clarified that the new model would have a strong connection to Formula 1 racing, as the manufacturer had just won the 1999 and 2000 Manufacturers Championship and the 2000 Drivers Championship. Michael Schumacher was, in fact, just getting started on his historic dominance of F1, a still unequaled feat of five consecutive championships.Formally debuting at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, the Ferrari Enzo delivered on the promise of its design brief. Like a Formula 1 car, the Enzo utilized futuristicmaterials to achieve maximum weight savings, with a foundational chassis tub made of carbon fiber and Nomex honeycomb weighing just 200 pounds. Aluminum subframes were then mounted on the tub, and these laid the groundwork for the mounting of Pininfarinas unique coachwork.Penned by designer Ken Okuyama, the Enzos external design mimicked the shape of an open-wheel race car, though as if wrapped in a skin extending over the fenders and cockpit. Aerodynamically perfected in Pininfarinas wind tunnel, the body was composed of panels woven from carbon fiber and Kevlar. Nineteen-inch alloy wheels, anchored by 15-inch Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and unique scissor doors, respectively, completed the Enzos chassis and cabin, finishing a car that was highly technological and endlessly fascinating.Into this phenomenal marriage of chassis and body a new purpose-built engine was placed behind the driver, continuing the manufacturers long-running configuration for sports prototypes and hypercars. Theconcurrent 90-degree V-8 was essentially extended by two cylinders on each side and altered in angle, creating the 65-degree Tipo F140B V-12 engine. Displacing almost six liters, the F140 was the largest engine built by Maranello since the 712 Can-Am race car of the 1970s. It was packed with racing components such as Nikasil-lined cylinder walls, titanium connecting rods, and a telescoping intake manifold designed to boost torque, ultimately developing 651 horsepower and 485 foot-pounds of torque, earth-shattering numbers even by todays standards. The F140s evolutions would go on to power the 599 series, the F12berlinetta, and the LaFerrari.With power transmitted via a six-speed dual-clutch transaxle that was actuated with column-mounted paddle-shifters, the Enzo reached 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 218 mph. Production was eventually capped at 400 units, so this was a car whose engineering was also matched by its rarity. As unique and captivating today as it wasin 2002, the Ferrari Enzo continues to hold sway with collectors, unmistakably carrying the mantle of Maranellos defining millennial hypercar, the genetic link between the sensuous F50 and the hybrid LaFerrari.This Enzo, chassis number 132654, finished in Rosso Corsa over a red leather interior, was originally sold through Wide World of Cars in Spring Valley, New York. The first owner retained the car for just over a year, covering less than 1,000 miles. In 2004 it was sold through Lake Forest Sportscars to its second owner, an Illinois resident. In the fall of 2005, the Enzo joined the renowned Lingenfelter Collection. Shortly after joining the collection, the car was sent to Cauley Ferrari in West Bloomfield, Michigan, for a service that included the installation of an upgraded Tubi Extreme exhaust, a popular modification among owners. As a part of the collection, it has been looked after by Lingenfelter staff and stored in a climate-controlled building. Today it is offered with less than 1,700miles and is accompanied by a window sticker, service records, books, tools, charger, and the original exhaust.An icon of the Montezemolo era, the Enzo proved to be not only the benchmark for an industry, but continues to be the benchmark for Ferrari itself as the company progresses further into the 21st century. Standing tall amongst such vaunted brethren as the 288 GTO, F40, F50, and now the LaFerrari, the Enzo represents the ultimate iteration of the naturally aspirated, limited-edition Ferrari hypercar, combining the very best components and technology the world had to offer. Offered from the prestigious Lingenfelter Collection, this Enzo will surely not disappoint.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1188087
  • Make: FERRARI
  • Model: F40
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,992
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate:$1,200,000 - $1,400,000 Ferrari Classiche CertifiedRetains its original chassis, engine, and gearboxOne of only 22 examples built in 1992The 199th of 213 delivered to the United StatesDesirable US specification equipped with catalytic converter and air-conditioningMinimally driven and fastidiously maintained; currently displaying 12,759 milesDocumented by marque historian Marcel Massini, service invoices, and CARFAX reportAn exceptional example of Ferraris revered 40th anniversary gift to itself To this day, the F40 remains one of Ferraris most captivating and impressively engineered supercars. Originally engineered from the superlative 288 GTO model to be an FIA Group B competitor against the likes of the Porsche 959, the F40 continued forward even after the racing class was canceled. Rather than scrap the program entirely, Ferrari used the five initial 288 GTO Evoluzione examples as the basis of a new40th-anniversary road car, which would be the last supercar devised under Enzo Ferraris stewardship.The F40 chassis consequently featured a race-developed tube-frame chassis with four-wheel double-wishbone independent suspension, coil-over Koni shock absorbers, and four-caliper ventilated disc brakes. Leonardo Fioravantis coachwork design, which was aerodynamically perfected in Pininfarinas wind tunnel, was built with paneling woven of Kevlar and carbon fiber, reducing the 288s curb weight by approximately 20 percent, while simultaneously tripling the cars structural rigidity. The twin-turbocharged V-8 was bored to displace 2.9 liters and equipped with twin IHI turbochargers and Behr intercoolers, and married to a five-speed gated-shifter transaxle. The resulting performance was stunning, with 478 hp and 425 foot-pounds of torque capable of taking the F40 to 60 mph from standstill in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.Cosmetically, the F40 amply reflected its basis in race-car development, withthe low-weight body echoed by numerous interior considerations. Weight was further reduced with the use of cloth upholstery on plastic-composite racing seats, pull-strap door openers, drilled pedals, and sliding Perspex windows (roll-up windows were eventually adopted).Publicly introduced at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, the F40 was initially earmarked for a low production of 400 examples, but unexpected customer interest prompted Ferrari to ultimately build 1,315 cars. The commemorative supercar was initially only available in Europe, and early examples were built without catalytic converters or adjustable suspensions. In 1990 a more developed version began taking deliveries in the United States, standard-equipped with air-conditioning and catalytic converters. By the models production conclusion in 1992, just 213 examples had been specified and delivered to North America.Occupying such an important position in Maranellos supercar lineage, it is hardly surprising that many F40 examples wereinitially purchased by astute collectors and largely restricted to showroom viewing and concours exhibition. Relatively few cars were driven in anger under track conditions, but a handful of drivers were lucky enough to experience the F40 under such conditions. Case in point: Five-time Le Mans champion Derek Bell was allowed to push the cars limits during a test drive for Classic & Sports Car magazine conducted during the mid-2000s. His verdict was Its just magnificentThis is a car to make your hair curl. The power delivery is sensational, and I love the way the turbos come on with such a rush. Very quickly the situation changes from neutral understeer to amazing oversteer, but its all superbly predictable.Despite being the first installment in a long line of commemorative models that includes the F50, the Enzo, and the LaFerrari, the F40 continues to hold a special place in the heart of Maranello enthusiasts, bearing a closer relationship to FIA race cars while having been supervised by EnzoFerrari himself. Often occupying a crowning position in marque-focused collections, the F40 has evolved into one of Ferraris most celebrated supercars, revered by Maranello purists and hypercar aficionados alike.Claiming modest driving use and a short chain of caretakers, this Classiche-certified F40 is one of the finest examples offered in recent memory. One of the last cars built, chassis no. 92978 is the 199th of 213 examples specified for the United States and one of only 22 built in 1992. Retailed through Cavallino Classics in Scottsdale, Arizona, the F40 was sold new in May 1992 to an unknown owner who regularly serviced the car. By 2002 the F40 was sold to Michael Bruno Jr., a respected Ferrari collector residing in Armonk, New York, at which point the odometer displayed approximately 7,000 miles.Three years later the F40 passed to a longtime Ferrari Club of America member who retained possession for ten years while treating the car to two major services that included the importanttiming-belt replacement. This owner offered the Ferrari at Pebble Beach in August 2015, in preparation for which the car was serviced again by Wide World Ferrari Maserati in Spring Valley, New York. The car was also certified with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book, confirming the presence of all the original factory-equipped matching-numbers equipment.Purchased then by the consignor, a respected collector based in Florida, the F40 has continued to enjoy a life of minimal use and fastidious care. In September 2019 the car received an additional evaluation and service by Ferrari Maserati of Ontario, during which the fuel pumps were rebuilt, the fuel injectors were flushed and cleaned, the spark plugs were replaced, and the battery was recharged.Currently displaying 12,759 miles, this modestly used and collector-owned F40 is documented with a history by marque expert Marcel Massini, service invoices, and the Ferrari Classiche certification, and it is accompanied by tools and owners manuals in the properleather pouch. It would make a superb addition to any sporting collection, ideal for display at regional concours delegance and marque-focused gatherings or visceral driving use on the open road.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1181929
  • Make: DUESENBERG
  • Model: MODEL J
  • Category: Saloon
  • Year: 1,932
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1188088
  • Make: PORSCHE
  • Model: 959
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,987
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate:$1,000,000 - $1,250,000 Just 5,822 miles from newHighly desirable Canepa upgraded exampleOne of a handful of California-legal 959sPorsches first supercar; one of only 337 Please note that this lot is titled as a 1988. The Porsche 959 redefined the sports-car market at the very high endwhere there are no compromises on performance or limitations on cost. Alongside Lamborghinis Countach and Ferraris F40 and 288 GTO, the 959 was a poster car for a generation of automotive enthusiasts.The 959s chassis, on the same 89.4-inch wheelbase as the 911 Carrera, was based on the 911s stamped steel floor pan. In fact, the cabins center section, including its interior, was nearly identical to the 911. The front trunk lid and doors were aluminum; the extended nose section with its almost flush headlamps was molded of polyurethane and the remainder of the shell from fiberglass-reinforced Kevlar. Aerodynamic stability was aprimary consideration in the 959s design, and after extensive wind-tunnel studies, Porsches designers achieved a package with near zero body lift and an amazingly low drag coefficient of 0.31, still an impressive figure today. There was extensive ducting and venting in the nose to cool the front brakes and oil radiator. The bodys rear section was greatly extended and widened, and it, too, was generously ventilated and topped with a full-width rear wing.The true brilliance of the 959 lay beneath its svelte body shell. Its tremendously powerful engine, rear-mounted, was Porsches race-proven boxer six, with air-cooled cylinders and four-valve, water-cooled cylinder heads. This engine, displacing 2.85 liters, was similar to those used in the brilliant Moby Dick IMSA GT coupe and Porsches Indy open-wheel project. Featuring a pair of asymmetrical turbochargers, each of them intercooled, this engine delivered power in an almost seamless fashion, with a small turbocharger spinning up almost from idle toestablish low-end boost, while the second exhaust-driven turbine came into play at 4,500 rpm. At full throttle and maximum boost, this relatively small engine produced a very impressive 450 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. Power was fed through a specially designed Borg-Warner six-speed transmission, which included an extremely low first gear for use in the off-road situations the Type 961 rally car might encounter.Porsches Porsche-Steur-Kupplung (PSK) system allowed the driver to vary the 370 foot-pounds of torque between the rear and front axles, allowing up to 80 percent to the rear under hard acceleration, all managed electronically. The 959s highly advanced suspension was also race derived, with double wishbones at each corner, coil springs, and double shocks that could be adjusted by the turn of a knob from the drivers seat. Both the ride height and shock damping were electronically adjustable, and a full array of instruments kept the driver in touch with everything going on behind and beneath.Special 17-inch lightweight magnesium alloy wheels and model-specific run-flat tires were created for the 959, and the wheels included one of the first automatic pressure-monitoring systems. Large power-assisted, ventilated disc brakes with ABS handled stopping chores.Most 959s were delivered as Komfort models, with a broad array of cockpit amenities, including full leather trim, air-conditioning, and adjustable suspension. With its ability to put power to the pavement so effectively, the 959 was an amazing performer. It could see 60 mph in less than four seconds from a standstill, cover the standing quarter mile in about 12 seconds, and touch 200 mph on a clear road. Without question, the Porsche 959 set the standard for high-performance road cars.This attractive 959 left the factory finished in silver with a grey leather interior. It was sold through Porsche of Stuttgart to German racing-car driver Bernd Schwebel of Offenbach, who took delivery of the car on 21 April 1988. Options included driverand passenger Sport seats, each of which featured heat and power height adjustment. It would remain in Germany for a number of years, returning to Stuttgart for service in June 1996 with 892 kilometers and again in July 2001 with only 1,259 kilometers.The 959 was later imported into the United States, eventually finding its way into the hands of a Southern California collector who sent the car to Canepa Design, the world-renowned experts on Porsche 959s. Upgrades included the Canepa Design suspension system, installation of a Sport roll cage wrapped with custom-ordered graphite grey leather, a Canepa Design wheel/tire upgrade, HID headlight upgrade, a complete custom audio system, a 200 mph speedometer from the 959 Sport, and a Werks 1 custom-made steering wheel with an extended hub. A five-point harness was also installed, which required custom fabrication for the hole in the seat cushions and mounts in the floor. The engine benefitted from the Generation IV Performance upgrade, which included3rd- and 4th-generation upgrades as well as a cam timing change, Audi R8 custom wastegate, and Gen IV Motec software and calibration. The final work at Canepa was to attain a street-legal status for the 959 in the state of California, which it received in January 2012, and it still retains its California State BAR compliance sticker. In total, over half a million dollars was invested in this 959.Today, the Porsche shows just 5,822 miles on the odometer and is one of only a handful of California-legal 959s. It is accompanied by manuals in personalized leather pouch, tool roll, road hazard kit with jack, and air compressor, as well as a record of the work completed by Canepa Design.The Porsche 959 represents the pinnacle of technological advancement and the peak of Group B development. This car, a highly desirable Canepa-upgraded example, represents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the first supercars, now capable of over 200 mph.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction,please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1188086
  • Make: BUGATTI
  • Model: TYPE 57
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,938
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate:$1,500,000 - $2,000,000 The only example built in the three-seater Aravis-inspired body style by DIeteren of BelgiumBeautifully sculpted, distinctive coachwork with unique featuresRetains numerous original components, including the engine, chassis, and bodyFormerly owned by the renowned Fauvist painter and marque collector André Derain Detailed history as researched by Bugatti expert Pierre-Yves LaugierComprehensive documentation including factory build sheets, restoration invoices, Swiss permis de circulation, copy of the French carte grise, and FIVA cardIncludes incredible original DIeteren photo album featuring period photosAccompanied by tools and original, unrestored luggageProperly tended to by several well-known Bugatti specialistsCosmetic freshening and mechanical maintenance by Scott Sargent in 2017Presented at the Pebble Beach, Rétromobile, Techno Classica, Villa dEste, and Audrain NewportconcoursExtremely rare, highly original, exquisitely finished, and mechanically prepared In 1938 Jean Bugatti and the Molsheim bodywork leader Joseph Walter penned a new open Type 57 dubbed the Aravis, once again in a nod to an Alpine mountain range. A companion to the more common four-seat cabriolet model the Stelvio, the Aravis was a sleek two-seater with a more raked windscreen and a dramatically sloped tail that featured a small central dorsal fin.As with the Stelvio, construction of the Aravis bodywork was delegated to Gangloffs coachworks in Colmar, though very few examples were comparatively produced. It is believed that no more than 12 examples were built at Colmar, with just three extant today. Considering, however, that Type 57 models were also sold as rolling chassis to be clothed by the customers coachbuilder of choice, there is little surprise that several more cars were built to specifications very closely resembling the factory-contracted Aravis. Letourneur et Marchand built as manyas six examples of a three-seat version (featuring a single rear seat), and DIeteren of Belgium built a single example in a similar style.Originally specializing in chariot wheels, the Brussels-based DIeteren was founded in 1805 by Dutch coachworker Jean-Joseph DIeteren. By the late 19th century, the company had become the official supplier of the royal family of the Netherlands. In 1897 the carrosserie built its first coachwork for a motor car, which evolved into its principal business, as the company bodied chassis from over one hundred different marques over the next two decades, including Delahaye, Hispano-Suiza, Impéria, Mercedes-Benz, Minerva, Panhard, Peugeot, and Renault. By the 1930s DIeteren was one of just two official Bugatti agencies in Belgium.According to the research of marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier, as well as an extensive file of documentation that includes factory build sheets, restoration invoices, European registrations, a DIeteren photo album, and entries from the Americanand International Bugatti Registers, chassis no. 57589 is one of four Type 57 examples ordered by DIeteren in 1938. It is also the only such example built in the sleek three-seat body style. Factory records and the combined data of the Bugatti Registers indicate this Type 57 was initially completed at Molsheim as a rolling chassis in September 1937.In March 1938 the chassis was delivered to DIeteren on behalf of a customer named Baggage, with a special notice for urgent delivery. Inspired by Letourneur et Marchands three-seater chassis no. 57826, Albert DIeteren set about creating distinctive one-off coachwork that benefitted from significant input from Monsieur Baggage himself. Notably, Baggage was particularly tall, resulting in the somewhat stretched cabin proportions. Featuring roll-up windows and a streamlined folding canvas top that was particularly low and sleek in either the raised or reclined position, the cabriolet was fabulously realized, conveying an elegant and distinguished characterthrough its beautifully sculpted singularity.Monsieur Baggage enjoyed using the extraordinary Bugatti for nearly two years before the German invasion of 1940 compelled him to hide it. The exact history of the car over the following ten years is currently lost to the fog of war. Sometime after the conclusion of hostilities, the Type 57 resurfaced and was offered by the French government as a Vente des Domaines and sold in late May 1951 to an industrial company in Paris.After passing to two different Parisian magnates, the Bugatti was acquired in early 1952 by marque specialist Gaston Docime and sold that May to André Derain, the famed Fauvist painter and Bugatti collector. A corresponding Docime maintenance invoice and insurance paper are included in the cars copious documentation. Derain owned as many as 14 important Bugattis during his lifetime, and chassis no. 57589 was the last, becoming his crowning acquisition.The Bugatti was sold back to Docime in December 1956, and sometime over thefollowing year the car was purchased by the well-known Bugatti dealer Jean de Dobbeleer. He exported the Type 57 through Gene Cesari for sale to American owner Julian Sano, a highly regarded Bugatti enthusiast.In 1963 the Bugatti was purchased by Robert Wells of Akron, Ohio, and he went on to retain possession for a remarkable period of 35 years, notably presenting the Type 57 at the August 1969 meeting of the American Bugatti Club in Painesville. In 1999 the car traveled to Europe for a period of exhibition, being shown at the Rétromobile and the Techno Classica in 2000 and again at Rétromobile as well as the Festival Bugatti in Molsheim a year later.In 2004 the Type 57 passed to Alfred Lechter of Jean, Nevada, and he displayed the car at the 2007 Palos Verdes Concours dElegance. Two years later the Bugatti received expert attention by marque specialist Jim Stranberg in Colorado. The cabriolet was then presented at the Pebble Beach Concours dElegance in August 2009 and participated in the TourdElegance before being sold in 2010 to Greek collector Theodore Angelopoulos, who commissioned regular maintenance by the Swiss firm Pichler GFG AG Classic Center over the next five years.In September 2015 the Bugatti was acquired by the consignor, a respected collector based in Florida. He submitted the car to the renowned Scott Sargent for a survey. Though the consignor was initially inclined to conduct a comprehensive restoration, Mr. Sargent noted that the Type 57 retained numerous original components and details, such as the firewall and remnants of original paint on the undercarriage that lent the car a definitive and irreplaceable authenticity. Consequently, to retain the utmost originality, it was decided to limit the restoration to cosmetic considerations and service of the original mechanical components as needed. The interior and top were retrimmed, while the unique coachwork was refinished in a very attractive and distinctive two-tone scheme of black with maroon details.The Bugatti hasbeen fastidiously maintained during the consignors conservatorship while being presented and driven at select events over the past few years, including the ABC Maine Fall Rally in September 2016, the Villa dEste Concorso dEleganza in May 2018, and the Audrain Newport Concours in October 2019, where it won the Bugatti touring class. RM Sothebys specialist Donnie Gould reports that during a recent test drive the car performed extremely well, showing no smoke upon ignition and bearing a potent exhaust note. The Type 57 is precisely dialed in, displaying acute response of the brakes, throttle, and steering system and overall flawless running condition.It should be noted that this extraordinary Bugatti retains most of its original factory components, including the important dual-overhead-cam straight-eight engine, the original chassis frame, and the exquisitely sculpted DIeteren one-off coachwork. Documented with restoration invoices from Jim Stranberg, Pichler, and Scott Sargent; a Swiss permis decirculation; a copy of the French carte grise; a DIeteren photo album featuring period images; entries from the American and International Bugatti Registers; a FIVA card; and a history by marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier; and accompanied by tools and original unrestored luggage, this beautiful Type 57 is one of very few examples built in the Aravis-inspired three-seat body style, and the only example clothed by the Belgian coachbuilder DIeteren.Continually maintained by devoted owners, this highly original Bugatti Type 57 offers a stunning addition to any important collection and is an ideal candidate for further presentation at major concours delegance and marque events. Also claiming the important provenance of ownership by the great Fauvist painter and Bugatti collector André Derain, 57589 would make a prudent acquisition for the Molsheim completist searching for a rare, distinctively attractive one-off example of the venerable Type 57.To view this car and others currently consigned to thisauction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1185500
  • Make: FERRARI
  • Model: 250
  • Derivative: GT
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,961
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Grey
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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  • RefCode: TA1182003
  • Make: FERRARI
  • Model: 250
  • Derivative: GT/L Berlinetta Lusso
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,963
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Auction: 6th/7th Mar 2020 - RM Sotheby's - Amelia Island Auction

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Check back soon for complete catalogue description. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.

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