Returning to the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, the additional sale date will see RM kick off its 2010 auction calendar in grand style on the evening of January 21, followed by its traditional Arizona auction on January 22.
Billed ‘The British Are Coming’, the exclusive evening auction will celebrate a host of great British marques including Aston Martin, AC, Austin Healey, and Allard, just to name the ‘A’s’, many of which will be offered without reserve. This exciting line-up will be followed by a magnificent selection of other important and significant collector cars on January 22 with approximately 160 of the world’s finest automobiles set to cross the block over the two days.
'Over the past decade, RM’s Arizona event has carved a reputation as the premier high end auction of Arizona’s famed classic car week, attracting discerning collectors and enthusiasts from around the world,' said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions.
Headlining the exciting list of early consignments for ‘The British are Coming’ event is an extremely rare, left-hand-drive 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT (pictured), chassis number 0175/L. Well-known in Aston Martin circles, 0175/L was the last GT to be built and sold by Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell Factory, and is one of only six GT’s known to have full Factory Lightweight construction details. Delivered new to Switzerland, 0175/L went on to spend time in both Lebanon and Holland early in life before eventually making its way to the United States in 1976.
It was actively campaigned at numerous historic events in the 1980s, before undergoing a full ‘A-to-Z’ restoration in the mid-90s – the quality of work well-proven by multiple first place finishes at Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca in the following years. Eligible for the world’s best historic driving events, the car’s offering at the upcoming Arizona event is already attracting considerable attention from serious collectors worldwide.
Other notable entries include an exceptionally restored Aston Martin DB5 and a matched pair of Aston Martin DBMKIIIs, one saloon and one DHC. Also on offer, a set of three AC Sports Cars, including an AC Bristol Roadster, an AC Ace Roadster and an AC Aceca Bristol.