Evel Knievel's Ferrari Daytona Spyder jumps into RM's Arizona cars sale

RM Auctions makes an exciting return to Phoenix in January for its annual Automobiles of Arizona sale, presenting (according to the auction house) "one of the most diverse offerings of motor cars ever featured in the event's 12 year history."

The two-day auction (on January 20 - 21, 2011) will showcase over 160 automobiles spanning the spectrum of the collector car market, from important sports and racing cars, through to Detroit muscle, the best of American and European classics, and a series of wild customs and show cars.

"Our Arizona sale is a mainstay of our annual events calendar and highly-anticipated by our global clientele, providing a great start to the new collector car auction season each year," said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions.

"2010 has been a positive year for the automotive auction business, and with a diverse series of high-caliber motor cars already signed to January's sale, we look forward to continuing the momentum in 2011."

Following the success of this year's 'The British Are Coming' sale, RM's 2011 Arizona auction kicks off with the exclusive 'The British Are Back' on Thursday, January 20, celebrating a host of great British marques.

Notable early entries include a 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Phaeton (estimated at $350,000 - $475,000); a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket Sport Phaeton ($300,000 - $450,000); and a 1958 Aston Martin DB2 Mark III ($200,000 - $250,000).

The 1966 Ferrari Superfast is among the sale's highlights

An important range of Ferraris lead the charge for RM's Friday January 21 sale.

No less than nine examples have already been signed, including the highly desirable 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, chassis number 16835, offered from the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer, Mr. Reggie Jackson.

This rare Daytona Spyder boasts an impressive celebrity provenance and ownership with famous motorcycle daredevil, Evel Knievel, and well-known New York and Los Angeles DJ, Frankie Crocker, listed as previous owners. It is estimated at $900,000-$1.1m.

Other notable entries from the famed 'prancing horse' include a stunning, fully-certified 1966 Ferrari Superfast Series I (estimated at $900,000 - $1,100,000); and a fully-restored 1950 Ferrari 166 Inter Berlinetta ($400,000 - $600,000).

Also appearing is the well-known 1995 Ferrari F50 Show Car ($600,000 - $800,000), the very first F50 built and the last Ferrari to have a five-digit chassis number, s/n 99999.

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