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Auction in Scottsdale: Ferrari from the & # 34; Grand Prix & # 34; director under the hammer

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D he selection of automobiles, the RM Auctions on Auctioned on January 15 and 16, 2015 in Scottsdale, it is top-class like no other of the houses represented at this mega auction in Arizona /USA. Of the total of 127 vintage cars on offer, 25 have estimates of one million dollars - or significantly more.

By far the highest price is expected by RM Auctions for the Ferrari 250 LM from 1964 - fittingly it also bears lot number 250. The estimate was set at 9.5 to 12.5 million dollars.

Ferrari 365 GTS with a German background

In second place is a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS with a Pininfarina body. Only 17 of the Spider were built in one year; the 17th goes under the hammer in Scottsdale. The car with matching numbers (chassis and engine number 12473) was sold in 1969 by Ferrari Becker to Thomas Teves, heir to the Teves empire (ATE brakes). The next stop was the Etienne Aigner company in Munich, which became famous for its fine leather goods.

Etienne Aigner is said to have driven the car herself. During this time the 365 GTS was repainted in yellow before it was sold to Peter Lorenz and later to Josef Brunlehner. The Swiss collector Erich Traber owned the Ferrari from 1985 to 1989 when it was acquired by Fritz Kroymans for his collection. Kroymans owned the car until 2009. The current owner shipped the rare Ferrari to the USA, where it underwent a restoration in 12473. The engine and transmission have been rebuilt and returned to the original delivery condition.

The Ferrari 365 GTS is powered by a 4.4-liter V12 with 320 hp, the estimate is 3.9 to 4.8 Million dollars.

Hollywood-sized Ferrari 275 GTB /4

With 'The Prisoner of Alcatraz' and 'The Manchurian Candidate' (German: Ambassador of Fear) came for John Frankenheimer the big breakthrough, with 'Grand Prix' he created one of the best motorsport films in 1966. A year later, the successful director and producer rewarded himself with a special gift: a Ferrari 275 GTB /4.

Frankenheimer's purchase of the sports car was preceded by a long correspondence with Ferrari, most of which the US director had in Budapestauthored while filming 'The Fixer'. The correspondence is part of the extensive documentation that comes with the car, which has been built around 330 times.

In October 1967 the car was delivered to Frankenheimer in Budapest - and the then 37-year-old was enthusiastic: '' The car has actually arrived and it's beautiful. It is without a doubt the best Ferrari I have ever owned. I will drive with him to Vienna this weekend and have the 2,000-mile check-up carried out there. '

After a few problems with the engine running poorly due to the carburetor set-up, the car was revised in the factory before Frankenheimer took the Ferrari 275 GTB /4 with him to the USA, where he sold it to a Californian collector in 1971. The other owners took the Ferrari to Japan, Sweden and to Boston on the east coast of the USA The car has been owned by Bruce Male for around 20 years.

In the last 6 months, the Ferrari 275 GTB /4 has been cosmetically and technically brought up to scratch, the engine-transmission unit received extensive service, brakes and chassis were partly built with new parts. Inside, too, the Ferrari got numerous new parts, new leather covers and carpets. The estimate was set at 3.5 to 4.5 million dollars.

Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet

Lot 139 of the RM Auctions auction is a Mercedes-Benz 540 K from 1937 in new car condition. This is how the pre-war car is described, which was ordered by Martha Jordans in 1936. It was handed over in Düsseldorf on February 12, 1937.

Only 83 copies of the luxury convertible were built in Sindelfingen, the vehicle on offer bears the body number 826201 - and is said to be the first of only 10 copies in this form .

The car came to the USA and decades later back to Germany. Alfred Richter used the car in many classic car rallies from 1996 and drove around 30,000 km in the 180 hp supercharged Mercedes. The current owner bought the car and commissioned restoration expert Jim Friswold to bring the 540 K with chassis number 154146 into perfect concours condition. The car was completely dismantled and rebuilt, the engine was overhauled in Germany, the interior was restored to new car condition with new leather and reclaimed wooden parts.

The extensive restoration work was completed in June 2014, and the Mercedes-Benz 540 is now standing K including documentation for sale. The estimate is 3.4 to 4 million dollars.

All classic cars with an estimate of one million euros or more are shown in our photo show.

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