February 21, 2024

Linkage Mag

Geared for the Automotive Life

RM Sotheby’s Le Mans Catalog is Live

On June 9, RM Sotheby’s will celebrate 100 years of Le Mans with a unique auction held in conjunction with the Greatest Race on Earth. 

This auction, to be held at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit village, will present 24 sports racing cars for sale, all of which boast significant race history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The event is taking place as an integral part of this year’s centennial celebration, with viewing beginning on June 6.

Among the lots on offer are two significant pieces of automobilia, including the 1965 starter flag and Jacky Ickx’s Rothmans Porsche race suit

Among the list of cars on offer is a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione that served as a prototype of the competition model and was used for development by Ferrari from 1969 to 1971. The car finished 5th overall in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans, and raced at Daytona and Sebring in 1972. 

1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider. Image: RM Sotheby’s

In addition, a 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider that Scuderia Ferrari drove at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the 1955 Mille Miglia will also be on-hand. It’s one of four surviving examples, this one raced by Maurice Trintignant, Harry Schell and Piero Taruffi. 

1985 Porsche 962. Image: Remi Dargegen, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 1985 Porsche 962 on offer here was the pole position car for the 1986 race. It raced at Le Mans three times and took fifth overall in 1988. It was one of three Works cars designated for the Rothmans Porsche factory team, and is one of the most raced of its type, with drivers including Derek Bell, Al Holbert, Jacky Ickx, Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass, Vern Schuppan, Hans Stuck, and John Winter.

1936 Delahaye 135 S by Pourtout. Image: Dirk de Jager, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

And one of the most significant pre-war competition Delahayes will also be available here: the 1936 Delahaye 135 S by Pourtout that finished second in the 1938 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It has history that spans over 50 events from 1936 to 1956.

The entire Le Mans catalog is now online. See it here.

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