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RM Sotheby’s Brings European Favorites to Munich Auction

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RM Sotheby’s is returning to Germany for its all-new Munich auction happening Saturday, November 26. From elegant European classics and iconic sports cars from the 1950s and ‘60s to next gen favorites and supercars, the offerings crossing the block at Motorworld München run the automotive gamut.

Headlining the classics in Germany, is a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. Originally built with a Cabriolet B body, the car was restored and rebodied in the style of a Sindelfingen Special Roadster between 2004 and 2006. Retaining its matching-numbers chassis and engine, the 540K is a bargain with an estimate of €1.2m to €1.6m, compared to original Mercedes-Benz Special Roadsters.

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As expected in a country with a rich automotive history, vintage European sports cars are plentiful at this RM Sotheby’s sale. Just a few of the many highlights include a 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster, 1958 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible and 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster by Reutter. All three of the open-top beauties are offered in restored condition.

Ferraris, new and old, are well represented, beginning with a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Series I, first owned by Swiss racer and hill climb champion Willy-Peter Daetwyler, and a 1963 Ferrari 330 America 2+2. Other lots from the Scuderia include a late-production Rosso Chiaro 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi and 1991 Ferrari Testarossa.

For those dreaming of a supercar or hypercar, there is a 1991 Ferrari F40 freshly serviced in Geneva, and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, one of 1,270 built. Other options include a 2008 Lamborghini Reventón and 2010 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider finished in the unique combination of Blue Celeste over a red-and-black interior with a red soft-top.

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There is also a selection of modern cars from The Driver and Rider Collection, such as a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, 2017 Ferrari F12tdf and 2021 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider. All three wear the stunning color of Blu Scozio.

The other major group of cars offered at the Munich auction is from The Bavarian Legends Collection. Comprised mostly of BMWs, the group includes many of the automaker’s most notable models. These include a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster, 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II and iconic 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile.” No BMW collection is complete without a Z1 and a Z8. The Bavarian Legends Collection has both — a grey-over-brown 1980 BMW M1 delivered new to the head of the M1 project, Jochen Neerpash, and 1999 BMW Z8 with a matching hardtop that has just 111km on the odometer.

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