Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 15 September 2019

RM Sotheby's Yas Marina Circuit Grand Prix auction's latest lots roar in

A raft of new shiny marvels have been added to the car sale due to take place ahead of 2019's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The list of cars due to be sold at Yas Marina Circuit’s Grand Prix auction by RM Sotheby’s later this year is filling up with the rapidity of a paddling pool at the mercy of a high-pressure hose. The initial announcement in June of two Ferraris was quickly followed up with news of a Lamborghini, then another Lamborghini, then five Porsches, and a Rolls-Royce.

Look through the photo gallery above to see more of these supercars.

And the list will be considerably longer by the time the auctioneers arrive to do their duty in November.

The sale will feature a selection of significant Grand Prix racing machines alongside road-going vehicles with a historical connection to the world of motorsport. The mix will also include a broader collection of blue-chip classic cars.

At the moment, the headliner in the sale remains Michael Schumacher’s 2002 Formula One championship-winning Ferrari – so nothing excessively practical or road-friendly, but there are plenty of less pricey options available for the shallower-pocketed attendees (or those who may actually fancy using their new purchases on the roads in an urban environment).

For a start, there’s the Ferrari’s Italian stablemate, a 1990 F40. And no self-respecting car auction would be complete without a Lamborghini or two, of course, and, so far, the Yas sale has a 1979 Countach LP400 and a 2001 Diablo GT on offer.

Let’s not forget the Porsche quintet, which is made up of a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, a 1993 911 Carrera RSR 3.8, a 2010 911 Sport Classic, a 2011 911 Speedster, and the almost-new 2017 918 Spyder.

Then there’s the 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.

Now, you want to know how much these pretty little posers are likely to cost, don’t you? Well, take a deep breath, and let’s run through the Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Schumacher’s F1 marvel could be yours for $5.5 million (Dh20.2m) to $7.5m, but the F40 is a most reasonable (by comparison) $1.5m to $1.7m.

The estimate for the Countach is $400,000 to $500,000 and the Diablo is $700,000 to $750,000.

The sale will be the region’s first major international collector car auction, and will take place on November 30 at Yas Marina Circuit, the day before the season’s last Formula One race. More will be announced in the coming months.

Updated: July 4, 2019 11:22 AM

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