Among RM Sotheby’s fantastic array of collector cars are some real stars. First off, there’s the 1955 Jaguar D-type that was the overall victor in the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, and which remains intact and original after its busy racing career, raising its value to the stratosphere.
The curvaceous race car with its famous asymmetrical tailfin — the auction house calls the most important Jaguar in the known universe — is valued at $20 million to $25 million.
Then there is Shelby Cobra No. 1, the very first melding of a British AC sports car and a Ford V8 that Carroll Shelby rolled out into the world to monumental success. The Cobra is a historic artifact of immeasurable value and RM Sotheby’s has not made public its estimate. Should be interesting.
But aside from those, there is any number of fascinating vehicles coming up for sale today and Saturday at the Monterey, California, auction. Among those, and speaking of Carroll Shelby, a turbocharged 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS that belonged to the man himself and shows just 7,733 miles. Not super valuable, but cool in an oddball sort of way, the car is being sold to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
After prowling around RM Sotheby’s cars in the auction preview, here’s what I came up with as my favorites, though certainly not all the cars that I would be happy to drive away.