Daytona-winning Jaguar, rare Ferrari and Louis Chiron’s Delahaye featured at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

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Daytona-winning Jaguar, rare Ferrari and Louis Chiron’s Delahaye featured at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

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Daytona-winning Jaguar, rare Ferrari and Louis Chiron’s Delahaye featured at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction

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A trio of spectacular offerings have been added to RM Sotheby’s May 14 Monaco Auction list, including one of the most desirable Ferraris of its era, an ex-works Jaguar XJR-9 prototype and a post-war Delahaye built for racing great Louis Chiron.

Photo: Tom Gidden ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 365 GTB/4 Spider holds a unique cachet among Ferrari’s vintage front-engine V-12 roadsters. Considered by many to be the most desirable road-going Ferrari of its era, this 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti is the 90th of 121 spiders built and the 65th example of 96 cars specified for retail in the U.S. Retaining its original engine and gearbox, this Ferrari Classiche certified example will cross the block for estimated $2.15 to $2.35 million.

Photo: Tim Scott ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Joining the Ferrari is a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9, chassis 388, which won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990. The third of three cars constructed for the 1988 IMSA GT Championship, it was run by Tom Walkinshaw Racing and is the only remaining example of XJR-9s purpose-built for IMSA. Prior to its most famous victory in 1990, chassis 388 enjoyed two highly successful seasons. Predominantly in the hands of Davy Jones and Jan Lammers, the car achieved four podium finishes and never finished a race outside of the top seven, a superb achievement that helped the Jaguar team secure third place in the IMSA constructor’s championship, stamping its authority in both IMSA and Group C racing.

Photo: Dirk de Jager ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Another notable lot is the 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Sport Coupé by Chapron. Specifically built for and owned by renowned Bugatti driver, Louis Chiron, this elegant post-war example is bodied by Henri Chapron and will cross the block accompanied by correspondence between Chiron and the stylist. Towards the end of the current owner’s five decade ownership, this example was subject to an extensive nut-and-bolt restoration by Delahaye expert Paillet in 2012. This Delahaye represents an exciting chance to acquire a beautiful French coachbuilt classic with fascinating ownership history and an impressive history file.

For more information on the May 14 RM Sotheby’s Monaco Auction, click HERE.

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