Over the past few months, we’ve previewed some of coolest, rarest, and most bizarre cars that’ll headline RM Sotheby’s massive Driven By Distribution auction tomorrow.
The New York City auction will be a whirlwind of motoring history, featuring the molds that were broken by engineers and designers to push the automotive envelope.
Thirty iconic vehicles will be on display, each carefully chosen based on rarity, significance to design, engineering, and the outstanding achievement they represent in automotive history.
We used a similar grading scale at L4P to determine which five of the 30 we’re most hyped about. These are our picks for the five cars we’d love to take home from the auction.
Long acknowledged by many to be one of Pinin Farina’s most stylish vehicle designs, the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT is one of the rarest cars headlining the auction. This is the 14th of approximately 40 ever built.
We love the car’s rarity – where else would you see something like this – but the sophistication and elegance makes this a killer gentleman’s Ferrari.
Coined as the original Supercar, the history of this Lambo is as impressive as the car’s silhouette. When the Miura’s original chassis was revealed in 1966, orders were flying in before the car was even built.
And this could be the best-restored version available today. It still has its original body, engine and drivetrain, and it’s even finished in its original colours – overseen by Valentino Balboni, the former chief test driver of Lamborghini.
If the Miura is the template for supercars to follow, it paved the way for machines like the Lamborghini Countach.
This is one of our favourite designs; essentially a flying wedge, in the style of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s prototypes of the early 1950s.
What’s cool about the design is it facilitated the infamous ‘scissor doors’ that’re incorporated in a lot of sports cars today. The unusual shape of the body—wide and flat—necessitated the new door arrangement, making it a pioneer of body design still seen in new Lambo models.
No high end auction is complete without some sort of celebrity memorabilia. RM Sotheby’s agrees, bringing Janis Joplin’s Psychedelic Porsche 356 to auction.
A fusion of 60’s rock and sports cars, this isn’t one for Porsche purists. The radical, custom artwork depicts Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, along with acid-induced visions of butterflies, rainbows, clouds and landscapes.
The history in this car can’t be rivaled – it’s the same vehicle that Joplin left at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood, where she was found dead in her room of a heroin overdose. The car was in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a time, but is available for fans to potentially own tomorrow.
Among classic Aston Martin’s the DB5 gets a lot of fanfare, being the car of choice for James Bond originally. But the less ubiquitous DB4GT Zagato is arguably the more desirable of the two. There’re only 19 in existence, making its appearance at tomorrow’s auction special.