RM Sotheby’s Takes London Auction Online for 2020 as Sale Builds with Impressive New Consignment




  • RM Sotheby’s is taking its annual London sale exclusively online with a stunning catalogue of highly collectable and rare classic cars
  • New consignments for the 31 October 2020 sale include a 1955 Porsche 356 Carrera Pre-A 1500 GS Speedster and 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0
  • Rare opportunity to acquire very sound and complete Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage and DB5 restoration projects
  • Additional information and an updated list of consignments is available on rmsothebys.com

LONDON, ENGLAND – October 9, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s has now confirmed that its 14th annual London sale will be an Online Only auction, in-line with all its European sales in 2020. Taking place on 31 October on RM Sotheby’s bespoke platform, the sale will still run in partnership with the Royal Automobile Club and as sponsors of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, set to take place during the same weekend on Sunday, 1 November.

Boasting some of the world’s most recognisable collector cars, the Online Only London auction will play host to a duo of extremely rare Porsche models. Leading the latest consignments is a 1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster. Widely heralded as one of the most collectable sports cars in history, this example is especially sought after, being one of a very limited number of “Four-Cam” models and only the seventh of just 15 production Carrera Pre-A 1500 GS Speedsters built in that year.

This example, chassis no. 81062, finished in red with tan interior, retains its original race-derived Type 547/1 ‘Carrera’ engine and is accompanied by a Kardex and official Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Furthermore, its Reutter coachwork and immaculately maintained condition makes it one of the most desirable cars to complement any prestigious car collection (Est. £1,100,000-£1,300,000).

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 (Credit – Remi Dargegen ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

For fans of the slightly later era and the iconic 911 model, few models from the car’s illustrious history are held in as high regard as the Carrera RS models of the 1970s. A road-prepared version of the Porsche homologated 3.0-litre RSR factory race car, this 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is one of just 56 examples produced and is alleged to be the only car fitted with a factory electric sliding roof. The Porsche is presented as delivered in vibrant yellow with a black leatherette interior and without the famed Carrera RS script along the lower side, contributing in part to this vehicle’s unusual specification. The car retains many of its original features, including the period roll cage, 917-type brakes and numerous chassis and suspension reinforcements. Also retained is the Carrera RS’ original straight-six engine, capable of reaching 60mph in 5.5 seconds, and housed underneath the distinctive ‘whale-tail’ rear spoiler. Owned by the consignor since 2004 and fastidiously maintained to an exceptional standard, this rare and desirable road-going racer would undoubtedly stand out at a vintage racing or concours event (Est. £800,000-£1,000,000).

Maarten ten Holder, Head of Europe, RM Sotheby’s, says: “Once again we’ve amassed an enviable selection of cars for the London sale, and we’re still actively consigning. These two very special and rare Porsches represent peak model development for the 356 and 911 ranges, in period, and we’re delighted to offer them. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect us all, and we had to make the decision to move the London sale onto our Online Only platform, as with all our European sales this year. However, we have seen fantastic online auction results throughout 2020 and buyers are really engaging with the platform, so we are looking forward to a buoyant and successful sale at the end of the month.”

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage (Credit – ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage

1965 Aston Martin DB5 (Credit – ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's)
1965 Aston Martin DB5

Unquestionably amongst the most desirable of all the 1950s and 1960s sports GT cars are the DB series Aston Martins. Combining exceptional performance and stunning looks, the DB series of cars took on a new purposeful and elegant appearance with the launch of the DB4 in 1958. Finding complete cars which can form the basis of straightforward restoration is becoming increasingly hard, so it’s of significance to collectors that two examples are offered in the London sale. The 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage is a highly desirable model featuring the factory engine upgrades lifting power by 26bhp. With a well-documented history, the Dubonet red example offered presents an exception opportunity to create a beautiful example of the ultimate incarnation of the DB4 model range (Est. £375,000-£425,000). Also offered in the sale is a 1965 DB5, in similarly complete and sound condition, presenting an equally straightforward restoration project of what is arguably the most desirable of the DB series cars. Presented in Royal Blue, the car was the subject of a restoration in the 1980s and will make for a fabulous fresh restoration for a new owner to enjoy in the coming decades (Est. £375,000-£425,000).

Each car offered in the London auction will be presented with comprehensive photography and in most cases will be accompanied by condition reports completed by RM Sotheby’s specialists as well as catalogue descriptions. Where available, additional information on each lot, such as history files, production certificates, restoration documentation, service invoices, owner’s manuals, and accompanying parts can be viewed online.


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RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales. With 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions (live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s launched its Online Only division in 2019, providing consignors and bidders an easy-to-use, proprietary platform that allows faster transactions to take place while still harnessing the level of service and global reach for which the RM Sotheby’s team is known. For further information, visit rmsothebys.com.

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