Ferraris, Bugattis, Jags, and three Group B rally cars.
The group of cars you see here is called the Gran Turismo Collection. The collection spans 50 years of automotive history and belongs to one person. The entire collection will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby's in London on 5 November 2022.
What we have here is a prime example of someone living their best life and eventually getting bored with it. It turns out money can't buy happiness after all, but we simply can't imagine not smiling while hooning around on a gravel road in a 1982 Lancia 037 Group B rally car.
"This is certainly one of the most remarkable single-owner collections of supercars to be offered in Europe and further reinforces our global reputation for bringing fine collections to market. We are privileged to have been entrusted with this unbelievable collection of cars," said Michael Squire, a Senior Car Specialist and Director of Research at RM Sotheby's.
The collection is simply too vast, so let's look at the highlights.
The Gran Turismo Collection includes a 1985 288 GTO, 1991 F40, 1997 F50, 2003 Enzo, and a 2014 LaFerrari. That's Ferrari's Big 5 collection, and finding just one of them is nearly impossible these days. To discover all of them in one place is unheard of.
The 288 GTO is the oldest of the lot and the most valuable. It's expected to sell for at least $3.6 million. Ferrari's iconic twin-turbo V8 F40 is likely to sell for $1.55 million. The F50 was unloved when it was new, but prices have soared in recent years. As a result, the minimum price for this model is also set at $3.6 million. Only 349 were made, in contrast to the F40, of which more than a thousand were produced.
The Enzo and LaFerrari need no introduction. They're expected to sell for $2 million and $2.2 million, respectively.
If Ferraris aren't your thing, how does a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV By Bertone sound? It's one of 23 US-spec models made and a steal at $2.1 million.
Yup, more than one. There's a 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, which is one of only 30 made, built in honor of the Chiron's 304.773 mph top-speed run. It's the least interesting one, to be frank.
We're more interested in the 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT, believed to be one of 139 examples to be built and one of only 84 in GT trim. It has a quad-turbo V12, which sends 545 horsepower to an all-wheel-drive system via a six-speed manual gearbox. The GT sprints to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 212.5 mph.
The 1996 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport is more special. Like the Super Sport 300+, only 30 were made. Bugatti upped the power to 595 hp and put the car on a carbon fiber diet. As a result, the top speed increased to 216 mph.
No British car collection would be complete without a set of Jaguars.
The 1991 Jaguar XJR-15 is a Le Mans racer homologized for road use. It's one of just 50 built between 1990 and 1992, and it comes standard with a 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 producing 443 hp.
As you can see, the XJR-15 was designed to be as slippery as possible. The 0-60 mph time is claimed to be less than four seconds, but the most impressive figure is the top speed. This Jag could reach 215 mph, making it perfect for the Mulsanne Straight.
The 1993 XJ220 S is one of five. The standard XJ220 was a bit of a fail, as it came along just as a recession hit. The final car was not what customers were promised, but Jag made up for it a few years later by converting five XJ220s to Le Mans racing spec.
The 3.5 twin-turbocharged V6 was upgraded to produce 670 hp, and the weight was lowered to 2,381 pounds.
We hope the previous owner had several acres of land on which he could hoon around in his three Group B rally cars. All three vehicles come standard with incredible provenance.
The Works 1982 Lancia 037 Group B rally car was the last rear-wheel-drive car to win the World Rally Championship. Markku Alen and Walter Rohrl drove this particular example. The latter used it to win the 1983 ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
The 1985 Audi Quattro S1 E2 Group B rally car dominated the WRC thanks to quattro. WRC champion Hannu Mikkola drove this example.
It inspired Lancia to switch to 4WD with the 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B, presented in the stunning Martini livery. This car was the 1986 Monte Carlo rally winner in the hands of a Finnish rally legend, Henri Toivonen.