Rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder to star at RM Sotheby's Paris sale during Retromobile week

  • Wonderful Porsche 550 Spyder, shown at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show, takes the spotlight at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale
  • Desirable 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing also joins auction highlights
  • RM Sotheby’s returns to Paris on 3 February, 2016, for its third annual sale during the Retromobile week
  • Frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com

LONDON (25 November, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce two significant new entries for its Paris sale, returning 3 February, 2016 during the world-famous Retromobile show week.

The new star of the sale is a wonderful and rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, chassis no. 550-0068, which is significant for having been the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show car. The 550 Spyder is one of the most iconic of all Porsche sports racing cars, and was based on the legendary 356. Designed specifically with competition in mind, the 550 Spyder was originally revealed at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, wowing the public with its low-slung, aerodynamic body and potent mechanicals. The model enjoyed an illustrious competition career on the international racing scene, and the car on offer by RM Sotheby’s boasts racing history in North America during the 1950s (Estimate: €2.800.000 - €3.500.000).

The 550 Spyder will be joined at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale by another iconic German car from 1955. Beloved by international collectors, any Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ is always an auction highlight, and the example secured for the Paris sale, chassis no. 5500272,  is no exception, presented in restored condition and stunning in its white paintwork (Estimate: €1.200.000 - €1.600.000). Both cars will be among a handpicked roster of approximately 60 of the world’s finest automobiles slated for the evening sale on 3 February.

“Porsche 550 Spyders are extremely rare at auction, so it is a real delight to be able to offer this important Frankfurt show car at our Paris sale,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s Europe.  “In addition to these latest entries, we are also excited to feature a selection of very affordable classic cars, ideal for anyone wishing to get involved with the hobby for the first time or for anyone looking for quality on a more limited budget. For those new to the hobby, our team of specialists will be on hand to guide participants through the auction process and assist with expert condition reports.”

RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, 3 December 2015 to 31 January 2016. This exciting event will gather a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pay tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on the Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please contact RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmsothebys.com.

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RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from private treaty sales and auctions 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. As a company, RM Sotheby’s has established numerous auction benchmarks, including the current record for the highest-grossing collector car auction of all time, with $172.9 million in sales at its 2015 Monterey event. In February this year, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. For further information, visit www.rmsothebys.com.  

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