More advanced than the examples that preceded it, this one was equipped with a de Dion rear suspension and fuel injection. It didn't have much of a distinguished racing career to speak of, passing from the factory to the Ecurie Ecosse team in Scotland which kept it in storage for years. After the team's closing, it passed through the hands of two British owners, undergoing a full restoration at the hands of the latter, before trading between two US owners.
Although precise pre-sale estimates are available by request to interested parties, RM confirmed to Autoblog that this example "is expected to fetch more than $5 million when it crosses the auction podium in January." According to Sports Car Market, last year the same auction house sold a customer D-Type in Paris for nearly that much. However at its London auction in 2013, another works example failed to sell despite a high bid of over $6.2 million. If this one takes in more than that, it'll set a record for the type.
If classic Jaguars aren't your thing, RM also has lined up an enviable roster of Ferraris. Included among them is a yellow '71 Daytona (estimated to fetch over $700k), a silver '91 Testarossa (~$250k), a rare yellow '95 F512 M (~$450k), and a pristine 2011 599 SA Aperta (~$1.3m). Porsche fans will want to check out the '76 911 Turbo (~$250k) and the soft-window '69 911 S Targa (~$225k). With the auction not set to take place until January 28 at the Arizona Biltmore, you can bet there'll be a good number of additional lots consigned between now and then.
- RM Sotheby's returns to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa for its 17th annual sale in Phoenix, January 28 – 29, 2016
- Two-day auction presents diverse roster of more than 100 blue-chip automobiles
- Early sports and racing highlights led by a rare 1956 Jaguar D-Type Works 'Long Nose'
- Further information and frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmsothebys.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario (October 27, 2015) – RM Sotheby's, the world's largest auction house for investment quality automobiles, will present more than 100 hand-selected motor cars from some of the most iconic automotive marques at its 17th annual Arizona sale, returning January 28 – 29 to Phoenix. Held at the stunning Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the two-day auction will build on RM's strongest performance at the venue to date in 2015, an event which generated an incredible $63.7 million and witnessed the sale of the most valuable automobile in Arizona auction history. In keeping with past tradition, entries for the 2016 sale offer tremendous diversity, ranging from pre-war classics through to important sports and racing greats and contemporary supercars.
Coming out of the gate strong, early highlights for the January auction are led by a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Works 'Long Nose', chassis no. XKD 604, the first of just six works long-nose examples built for the 1956 season, the final year of Jaguar's D-Type racing effort. Throughout 1955, the Jaguar experimental department had been developing an independent, de Dion rear suspension, along with fuel injection for petrol delivery, and decided to incorporate these innovations into the first car built for the 1956 Jaguar works team.
Following testing by Jaguar's famed test engineer, Norman Dewis, XKD 604's first competitive outing came at the Daily Express Silverstone event in May 1956; with Desmond Titterington behind the wheel, the featured Jaguar competed alongside two other works team cars. While the length of the Silverstone race did not warrant using the still novel Lucas mechanical fuel injection over the tried and true Weber carbs, XKD 604 was the only D-Type raced with an independent rear axle. At season's end, the team cars were retired and XKD 604 was acquired by renowned Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, where it remained in storage until the team closed its doors in 1971. The Long Nose was eventually obtained by Scotsman Jim Tester in the 1970s, and later passed onto Michael Fisher of Britain, who commissioned its restoration by marque experts to original fuel-injected specification in 1986. It was then imported into the U.S. in 1992, landing with the vendor in 2004.
In recent years, the D-Type has been displayed at numerous hobby events, including the 2011 Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where it was part of the Jaguar Heritage Display, as well as at the 2012 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance, where it received the Featured Marque Award. XKD 604 comes to auction as a fantastic example of a very rare breed, ready to return to the track (Estimate available upon request).
"We're thrilled to return to the Biltmore following what has been another record-setting year for RM Sotheby's," says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby's West Coast Division. "Arizona represents one of our strongest venues on the auction calendar, and we're always working to secure the most desirable, fresh-to-market vehicles for this true collector car destination. The long-nose D-Type is a perfect example, as it has not changed hands in more than a decade, and offers a number of untapped historic event participation opportunities for its next enthusiast owner."
Additional early European highlights secured for RM's Arizona sale include a desirable array of Ferraris spanning several decades of the famed marque's history. Leading the group is a U.S.-specification 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, chassis no. 14819, finished in its factory-original colors of bright Giallo Fly over Nero, fitted with factory air-conditioning, and having travelled less than 27,000 miles from new (Est. $700,000 - $800,000). Representing two points in the Testarossa's evolution are a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, chassis no. 87482, with just 4900 miles on the odometer and originally owned by Luigi Della Grotta, a friend of Enzo Ferrari's and the first importer of Ferraris into Canada (Est. $225,000 - $300,000, offered without reserve), along with a potent 1995 Ferrari F512 M, chassis no. 100154, one of just five delivered new to the U.S. in striking Giallo Modena paintwork (Est. $400,000 - $500,000). The modern era prancing horse is offered in the form of a rare 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, chassis no. 182788, one of only 80 examples produced and showing a mere 1200 miles from new (Est. $1,100,000 - $1,500,000).
RM's sale will also present two very different yet equally desirable examples of Porsche's timeless 911 design, each offered without reserve. The pair includes a highly original, well-optioned and numbers-matching 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera, chassis no. 9306800074, a California car finished in Grand Prix White with a Cinnamon leather interior (Est. $225,000 - $275,000); and, a 1968 Porsche 911 S 'Soft Window' Targa, chassis no. 11850368, the recipient of a recent nut-and-bolt restoration by marque specialists, complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity (Est. $200,000 - $250,000).
Leading up to the sale, the Arizona Biltmore will host the Arizona Concours d'Elegance, January 24, of which RM Sotheby's is a proud sponsor, creating an ideal destination for enthusiasts looking to enjoy a week of classic car camaraderie.