Not in the mood for a Shelby Competition Cobra? Relax -- RM Auctions has plenty of other wonderful offerings lined up for its Automobiles of London event, although they’re sure to cost a pretty penny...
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Take, for instance, the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. Essentially a road-going version of the race car campaigned in the FIA GT Championship, only 25 were made, making it one of the rarest cars ever produced. RM’s auction has two, including one of five roadster variants built. Both the coupe and roadster sport a 612-hp, 6.9-liter V-12, coupled through a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. This powertrain allowed the lightweight CLK-GTR to rocket from 0-60 mph in under 3.4 seconds. The coupe -- serial number 13 -- is expected to fetch between $608,000 and $641,000, while the roadster -- serial number 2 -- could bring around $822,000.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">If vintage racing is more your style, you can have your choice between a beautifully restored 1959 Elva Mk. V sports car, or the same 1962 Chaparral 1 roadster offered at last year’s Sports and Classics of Monterrey auction.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">The listed 1954 Fiat 8V Coupe by Ghia is a verifiable beauty, but it’s hard to argue that the 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato is the same. Looking much like a 365 GTB/4 merged with a Fiat 850 Spyder, the car was originally built as a 330 GTC Coupe Speciale with bodywork by Pininfarina. In the early 1970s, the car was damaged, and sent to Zagato for new bodywork. The Italian coachbuilder was so proud of the result, the car was showcased at the 1974 Geneva motor show.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Perhaps more unusual is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL up for grabs. Built upon an original 300SL, this is one of11 examples modified by AMG between 1996 and 2009, and is one of five that were purchased by the Sultan of Brunei. Everything beneath the famous silver skin was completely reworked by AMG -- instead of the 3.0-liter straight-six, you’ll find a 380-hp 6.0-liter V-8 from an E60 AMG sedan. AMG replaced the original rear swing axle with a multi-link assembly from an R129-series SL roadster. These cars originally cost in excess of $1 million to build, but it’ll be interesting to see if they hold this value, especially with the launch of the new SLS AMG gullwing...
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">There are plenty of other interesting cars slated to roll across RM’s auction block, including a 1957 Bugatti Type 57C, a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Torpedo by Jarvis, a 1963 ATS 2500 GT, and a 1932 Lancia Astura Limousine by Boneschi. For a full list of cars, click here to head to RM’s official auction homepage.