With the turn of the new year, that means it’s auction time again. RM Sotheby’s upcoming Arizona auction at the Arizona Biltmore on January 28 and 29, 2016, has a few gems. There are many very high profile cars on offer and an array of great catches to be found here, but these particular cars have piqued our interest.

1994 Jaguar XJ220


Since the introduction, the XJ220 hasn’t received as much recognition as its contemporaries for a range of reasons. It was developed by a true skunkworks group at Jaguar, in their spare time on evenings and weekends, and that’s the sort of thing that doesn’t happen any longer. That certainly does have a massive cool factor.

On the other hand, it was presented at motor shows as being powered by a V12 and fitted with all-wheel drive, however, the production car was fitted with a twin-turbo V6 and rear drive. A combination of disappointed customers and the economic conditions of the time resulted in many XJ220s sitting unsold for months before eventually making their way to private hands.

As a supercar, the XJ220 sits in a unique place in history – just after the heady days of the Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40 battles, and just before the arrival of what many people consider to be the ultimate supercar, the McLaren F1. Still, we think the XJ220 remains highly underrated.

It looks, sounds, feels, and smells properly exotic, even for a British-made supercar. I’ve had the good fortune to drive one of these supercars and the experience was magical. What’s more, they’re not too difficult to maintain and with plenty of aftermarket support, there’s no reason for the XJ220 to get the attention it deserves.

This particular model is perfect for Americans, as it’s officially EPA and DOT compliant.

1967 Toyota 2000GT


Japan’s first real supercar, the Toyota 2000GT, is still flirting with both sides of $1,000,000 (USD) values. It’s another example of a car that didn’t get the attention or have the sales success it deserved in its time, but its rarity and styling gives even more credence to the notion that contemporary Japanese sports cars are collectible. We’re interested to see how this ex-Japan, right-hand-drive model does at auction.

1978 BMW M1


With a great reputation for driving enjoyment and reliability, the BMW M1 continues to gain attention among collectors and values have continued to increase. It wasn’t that long ago that an M1 would fetch $250,000 USD, but now RM Sotheby’s is forecasting a sale price of up to $500,000 USD for this ex-press car. With a contemporary press car, we’d say run away as fast as you can, but after twenty five years in the care of a single owner, the effects of any ham-fisted automotive journalists have long faded away.

1991 Ferrari Testarossa


Given its audacious design, the Ferrari Testarossa is indeed the iconic Eighties’ supercar and, love it or hate it, it remains one of the most recognizable Ferraris in history.

As a 1991 model, this lot is one of the last original Testarossas, manufactured before the updated 512TR, but there’s more to this car than just being the final model year. It was personally ordered by the principal of the original Ferrari dealer in Quebec in uncommon silver paint and a given a post-factory interior update with Daytona-style upholstery. In the Eighties, that throwback style of upholstery was absent from Ferraris offering at the time, but is back in fashion now.

Given that it’s a Canadian market car, it’s fitted with traditional seat belts rather than the annoying automated kind with which American market cars are afflicted. With a fresh major service and less than 5,000 kilometres on the clock, it’s expected to sell between $200,000 and $250,000 USD.

Happy bidding!

Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Published on Jan 25, 2016