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Ferrari big five star in RM Sotheby’s £36m collection of dreams

The Gran Turismo collection is going under the hammer next month with RM Sotheby’s, and it features 18 of the finest cars ever to grace our roads

RM Sotheby’s is no stranger to exotic metal, but the Gran Turismo collection is of a calibre we rarely see. From the Ferrari big five to Group B royalty, it’s unlikely you’ll see a single collection quite like this again. All 18 cars will go under the hammer on November 5th at RM Sotheby’s annual London sale, with the set expected to fetch up to £36m in total.

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Featuring the Ferrari F40, F50, 288 GTO, Enzo and LaFerrari, the Ferrari big five alone is a collection any enthusiast could only dream of. The Gran Turismo collection features a 1991 F40 currently fitted with a straight pipe exhaust system, estimated to sell for up to £1.6m, with a matching numbers 288 GTO expected to reach an eye-watering £4m.

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An ordinary F50 is a rather special machine, but the particular car in the sale is one of just three post-production examples commissioned for the Sultan of Brunei, a car also expected to fetch up to £4m. The 2003 Rosso Corsa Enzo is estimated to pull in up to £2.2m, with the one of the 499 Ferrari LaFerrari models expected to fetch up to £2.5m.

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As if the big five wasn’t enough, the Gran Turismo collection also features the Ferrari Superamerica, 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and the ultra-exclusive 599 SA Aperta, expected to fetch up to £1.4m alone.

Sending quad-turbocharged V12 power to all four wheels, the Bugatti EB110 was one of the first true hypercars, and so naturally, this collection features two. The ‘Blu Bugatti’ EB110 GT is one of 84 built and the one-of-30 EB110 Super Sport features striking dark blue leather inside – the pair are expected to sell for up to £5m combined. Something else expected to sell for almost £5m is this Chiron Super Sport 300+, a limited model built to mark the Chiron’s record-breaking 304.773mph top speed run.

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This collection isn’t just limited to road-biassed hypercars, with a handful of motorsport icons also making an appearance. Estimated to fetch up to £2.25m is an incredible 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1, said to be one of just a few private S1 E2s with WRC history, with just 15 examples now thought to be in existence. There’s also a 1982 Lancia 037 Group B Evo 1 up for sale (est. £950,000 - £1.2m) alongside the 1986 Rallye Monte-Carlo-winning Delta S4 Group B Works (est. £1.75m - £2.25m).

The Lamborghini Miura is one of the most iconic silhouettes in road car history, and a matching numbers ‘Verde Miura’ SV is one of the finest iterations, expected to fetch up to £2.2m. From almost a decade later is this Countach LP5000 S, finished in the highly desirable ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ spec, Bianco over Bianco (est. £380,000 - £500,000).

In the latest issue, available to order here, Henry Catchpole put the wild Le Mans-derived Jaguar XJR-15 through its paces, but if you’d like to experience it first hand, there’s one in this sale – estimated to sell for up to £1.2m. Also tied to Le Mans is a striking 1993 XJ220 S, one of just five examples built to homologate Jaguar’s racer, estimated to fetch up to £1.1m. 

Watch the RM Sotheby’s London sale unfold here on November 5th.

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