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RM Sotheby’s to start auctioning epic Youngtimer collection

By Chris Thompson, 25 Jan 2019 News

RM Sotheby Youngtimer collection auction news

25 of Europe’s modern classics to go under the hammer in Paris auction

One owner has offered up over 100 cars to RM Sotheby’s to cross the block, and at the upcoming Paris auction 25 of them are to be sold.

We’ve picked out a few of our highlights, but every car in the auction is glorious.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody

Perhaps one of the coolest AMGs is from before Mercedes-Benz and AMG merged.

“The car was powered with a 6.0-litre engine, producing twice the torque at half the engine speed of the original 5.6-liter Mercedes-Benz engine.”

1994 BMW Alpina B12 5.7

BMW’s original 8 Series was cool, but an Alpina fettling almost always makes for a more desirable car. This is one of 57 B12 5.7s built.

1983 BMW Alpina B9 3.5

E28 5 Series to common for you? Try this on for size. Based on the 528i but with a power bump and a limited 577-unit run.

1987 BMW M6

Who doesn’t love an E24 shark-nose? RM Sotheby’s rightly notes that “at its time, the M6 was the second-fastest BMW ever built behind the M1, topping out at over 250km/h.”

1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL AMG 6.0

Another car tuned by AMG pre-merger, the 500SL featured a 6.0-litre V8 which Sotheby’s suggests only 50 of which have been housed in SLs.

Fast Car History Lesson: SL73 AMG

2006 Ferrari Superamerica

While 559 of the Superamericas were built, Sotheby’s says “just 43 left the factory fitted with a six-speed manual transmission rather than the optional F1-style transmission.”

This one belonged to the Kuwaiti royal family when it was new.

1983 Aston Martin Tickford Lagonda

If ever there was an odd car…

This Tickford-tuned Lagonda is believed to be one of just 11.

1982 BMW Alpina B7 S Turbo

A 3.5-litre straight six with a turbocharger in a gorgeous but subtle car… and 500Nm of torque to play with.

“First registered in January of 1982 and delivered new in Germany, this is the 22nd B7 S Turbo built of a total production run of just 60 examples.”

2000 BMW Alpina B12 6.0 Langversion

One of only 94, this V12-powered Alpina limo is set to be a bargain to anyone keen enough at a high estimate of €35,000, or AUD$56K

1985 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

Alpina’s first 6 Series-based model was produced in a 183-unit run, and featured a variable boost control for the turbocharger. Output could be changed between 186kW and 224kW.

2009 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640-4

The only modern supercar on this list stands out, not just because of its colour but also due to its lack of boxy-ness.

It’s strange to see this car become one of the less-desirable cars in a collection.

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