Car auctions are rather a big deal these days. We cover plenty of them on here. But what they rarely do is speak to the mere mortal, those of us with modest to little amounts of money and therefore no ability to bid on even the tyre valve cap of a 250 GTO, never mind the £40m entirety of one.
Which is where this RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer auction steps in. Youngtimers are cars that are nearly classics, but not quite. Dating back to the 1980s, they have some or all the credentials – performance, rarity, sheer specialness – they just haven’t quite aged enough to be classics yet.
That means none of them will fetch £40m. Some will still be quite pricey, but many are being offered with no reserve and could – if you’re lucky – end up being a bit of a steal.
Amazingly, each and every one of the 140 cars being auctioned across four sales (Amelia Island and Fort Lauderdale in the US, Paris and Essen in Europe) are from one single collection.
A collection that comprises 34 Mercs, 27 BMWs, 12 Rolls-Royces and, um, two Renaults, among many, many others. Far too many cars to list in one go, much as we’d love to, so we’ve whittled it down to some choice cuts. You can browse the full lot here.