The ultimate Corvette, an incredibly rare one-of-one ZL1 joins A Private Collection of European classics at Arizona’s premier auction
- A truly unrepeatable chance to secure the ultimate keystone to any reference-grade collection containing significant examples of “America’s Sports Car”—a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL-1 Convertible—will go under the hammer in Arizona
- Offered from A Private Collection, a group of five European sports cars from Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and BMW will highlight the offerings in Arizona
BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, CANADA – December 21, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to be kicking off the 2023 auction calendar with a stunning grouping of cars in the unparalleled setting of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 25th annual Arizona sale will include a truly unique Corvette and A Private Collection of exclusive sports cars.
The Only Convertible ZL-1
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL-1 Convertible – Bloomington Gold Certified, and one of two factory aluminum 427 ZL-1 Corvettes, this ZL-1 is powered by its factory-correct, date-coded, all-aluminum ZL-1 427-cu. in. V-8 engine and wears an accurate, award-winning restoration by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair, Inc. It is accompanied by authentic General Motors documentation and will cross the block with documents from the original owner, including its original tank sticker, sales invoice, and historic imagery. This opportunity represents the first time that a factory ZL-1 has been offered publicly in 30 years and, more importantly, the first time that the ZL-1 Convertible has ever been offered publicly (Estimate: $2,600,000 – $3,000,000)
Offered from A Private Collection:
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti – This largely original and well-preserved example, presented in its original color combination, has had just four dedicated caretakers from new, including a 45-year period of single-family ownership. It is the 203rd of 330 examples built, is documented with SEFAC invoice and correspondence, service/restoration invoices dating back to 1967, former owner’s correspondence, and history by Marcel Massini, and offers the potential for concours presentation or touring enjoyment (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000).
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone – One of 150 SV examples built and wearing a color combination of Blu Notte over light gray, this Miura is desirably equipped with air conditioning and a split-sump lubrication system. Reportedly fully restored by Bobileff Motorcar Company, including an engine rebuild by the noted Bob Wallace, it was presented at Concorso Italiano, La Bella Macchina, and the Lamborghini Club of America National Meet. This P400 SV is a rare example of the most highly developed Miura (Estimate: $3,000,000 – $3,500,000).
1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina – One of just 12 second-series examples and one of 36 total examples built, this Superfast was originally owned by the legendary West Coast sports car importer and racing impresario John Von Neumann. It was comprehensively restored in 2006 by the respected Paul Russell and Co. and is equipped with a rare and powerful Tipo 208 engine that combines the best of the Lampredi and Colombo engine genealogies. Boasting a color combination of dark blue paint over cognac leather, it has been awarded at prestigious events including the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and the Cavallino Classic. It would make a sensational addition to any collection (Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,800,000).
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S – One of 183 produced for North America in 1997, this Porsche is the final and most technologically advanced air-cooled 911 Turbo. Finished in Ocean Blue Metallic over Cashmere Beige with deviating Midnight Blue leather, this 911 shows just 22,017 miles at the time of cataloguing (Estimate: $550,000 – $650,000).
1958 BMW 501-8 – Restored to concours condition by marque experts in the late 2000s, this 501-8 is a rare example of BMW’s first post-war creation from the final year of production and presents the timeless BMW design—the “baroque angel”—with V-8 power. Attractively finished in silver over blue leather, it boasts a Becker Mexico radio, VDO outside temperature thermometer, and a Golde sliding canvas sunroof (Estimate: $90,000 – $100,000).
Top 10 Lots
|1.||2014 Ferrari LaFerrari||$4,000,000 – $4,500,000|
|2.||1965 Shelby Competition Cobra||$3,000,000 – $3,600,000|
|3.||1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti||$3,000,000 – $3,500,000|
|4.||1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone||$3,000,000 – $3,500,000|
|5.||1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL-1 Convertible||$2,600,000 – $3,000,000|
|6.||1992 Ferrari F40||$2,200,000 – $2,800,000|
|7.||1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II by Pininfarina||$2,200,000 – $2,800,000|
|8.||1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster||$1,700,000 – $1,900,000|
|9.||1994 Bugatti EB110 GT||$1,600,000 – $2,000,000|
|10.||1987 Porsche 959 Komfort||$1,600,000 – $2,000,000|
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