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RM Sotheby’s is the quintessential auction house when it comes to the absolute best in rare and classic cars going up for sale. While the world renowned auction house has some amazing individual auctions on the go, on the odd occasion the outfit is tasked with selling off a complete collection of cars that someone can make an overall offer on if finances allow, otherwise it will be broken down into each car and sold off separately giving owners the chance to pick and choose which special cars will be the perfect addition to their existing collections. Often big car collections are actually owned by a company or a group of investors, but in the case of this amazing 18-car collection known as the Gran Turismo Collection, it’s a one-owner affair. The owner’s name is undisclosed, even a healthy session on Google didn’t give any details, but whoever the person is, he/she/they/them has impeccable taste. It also sounds like the collection is bigger than the 18 cars going under the hammer, which is a mind-blowing thought. The Ferraris that are up for sale make up what collectors have dubbed “The Big 5” thanks to the inclusion of some of Ferrari’s most iconic models.

That Big 5 is made up of some of the brand’s most iconic sports cars and they rarely come up for sale, especially not in the proper Rosso Red paint or even the same lot. In order of year, there’s an Ferrari 288 GTO from 1985, a Ferrari F40 from 1991, a Ferrari F50 from 1997, a Ferrari Enzo from 2003 and ending of the unbelievable list is the newest Ferrari in the collection, a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. As you’ll see on their main site, the collection features more amazing metal but for this SXdrv chap the coolest car in this entire collection is that 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Group B Works car. That’s pure porn, a car that only saw 20 units built. There’s apparently only 15 left in existence and just four are privately owned. There’s 550 hp on tap from a turbocharged 5-cylinder 20-valve powerplant that sends power to all four wheels via Audi’s proprietary all-wheel drive system and it could accelerate to 160 km/h in 8.9-seconds, usually on gravel. This Quattro is just one of three Group B rally cars in the collection, accompanied by a 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Group B Works car and a 1982 Lancia 037 Group B Works Evolution 1 car.

The collection is touted to bring in a minimum of £29 700 000, or R608 888 439.29 in SA government tender speak. That’s more than the national debt of some countries. “This is certainly one of the most remarkable single-owner collections of supercars to be offered in Europe.It represents a cross section of supercars and GTs which are at the zenith of desirability in today’s market. The Group B rally cars are an additional, remarkable highlight, perfectly encapsulating the peak of rallying’s most extreme era.” comments Michael Squire - Director of Research at RM Sotheby’s.

Take a look at the YouTube video that takes a closer look at one of the Big 5 Ferraris on offer as part of the amazing 1-owner Gran Turismo Collection: LaFerrari offered from The Gran Turismo Collection at RM Sotheby’s London | RM Sotheby's

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