Vintage & Classics

Take a look inside the RM Sotheby's garage of highly collectable cars

The Peterson Automotive Museum recently hosted an inside peek at the RM Sotheby's garage.

Photo courtesy of The Petersen Automotive Museum

Few are invited into the RM Sotheby's garage in Southern California. Consider it the auction houses's holding pen for highly sought after vehicle that will be heading to an auction block soon, or are available via a discreet, private sale. The Peterson Automotive Museum recently hosted a behind-the-scenes look at the garage and its contents via YouTube, where you don't need to prove your net worth to gaze at the beauties.

Hosted by RM Sotheby's car specialist Alexander Weaver, the 10-minute video features some extremely rare machinery. The collection at the garage is mostly made up of sports cars.

Weaver kicks off the video by introducing a 1961 Alfa Romeo Zagato, which spent most of its life in Switzerland before sitting in the RM Sotheby's lobby. It was owned by the gentleman who owned multiple exotic car dealerships in Zurich, Karl Foitek. Before passing away in 2019, Foitek raced the car extensively.

Two unique Shelby Cobras live side-by-side in the garage's main showroom area. The 4000 and 6000 series vehicles are bodied in copper and polished bronze, respectively. They both give the driver access to about 650 horsepower and have a five-speed manual transmission. Weaver, who has driven many of the cars that are auctioned by the company, says that these two Cobras run and drive "really, really nicely."

The showroom also features a Mercedes-Benz SL 300 Roadster and a Series 1 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina. The Ferrari cabriolet is owned by a gentleman who drove it for about 20 years and invested some money in making it better to drive on rallies by adding disc brakes on all four corners and upgraded suspension components.

The SL 300 is fitted with the "more desirable" large drum brake which, according to Weaver, makes it stop better than earlier examples of the model. It rides on a reproduction set of wheels and is finished in its original white paint over green interior color scheme.

Across the courtyard, Weaver takes viewers into another part of the facility where vehicles coming up for auction are located including the Mercedes 300 SL's hard top, which includes the car's original hard top crate; 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso; 1995 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS; 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta; 1965 Jaguar E-type; and a 1951 Porsche 356, among others.

More modern collectibles are also able to be seen, including a BMW that is currently up for auction online.

Watch the full episode below.

INSIDE THE EXCLUSIVE RM CAR COLLECTION | RM SOTHEBYS GARAGE TOUR www.youtube.com

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This 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 is one of one.

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Three vintage Aston Martins will be part of the first Silverstone Auctions sale of the year on March 5-6, 2021. The three models represent some of the rarest Astons in the world. Let's take a closer look.

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5

This car (seen above at the top of the page) is one of just 50 Series 5 DB4 saloons built prior to the arrival of the DB5, and it was one of the last ones off the line. The left-hand drive car retains its original engine and gearbox, and is finished in its original specification of Aegean Blue over White Gold.

The car is well-traveled. It was originally delivered new to California and comes to its new owner with an Aston Martin Assured Provenance document.

If it looks familiar, Bond fans, that's because it was a DB4 Series 5 Vantage that was used in filming "Goldfinger".

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage

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This is one of only 71 DB6 Mk2s that was equipped with the Vantage engine straight from the factory when new. Making it more rare is the fact that it is a right-hand drive saloon with a factory fitted manual gearbox. Those factors make it a one of one.

This chassis has been presented in multiple concours, had several successes with the Aston Martin Owners Club, and has undergone a significant engine overhaul by Aston Martin Works. It's finished in British Racing Green.

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2

Photo courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

Lots of special attention courtesy of Aston Martin Works has made this 1969 DB6 a model worth taking a second look at for enthusiasts looking to invest. A history file of the car detailing all the work done includes notes regarding a full interior retrim, which was conducted at the same factory where the car was originally built.

The model was originally delivered new to Halesowen in October 1969. The car's original Celeste Blue metallic paint job was accompanied by a dark blue Connolly hide interior (bodywork is now finished in dark blue). It was supplied with the optional two front seat belts when new.

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"The Lady and The Dale" shows off the history of a three-wheeled car and an investment scheme gone awry.

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Liz Carmichael claimed to be a lot of things. She said she was the widow of a NASA engineer, a farmer's daughter, and a mother of five. In reality, she was none of those things. The truth was a little less straightforward.

Carmichael was born in the late 1930s as Jerry Dean Michael, a male. By 1961 she would be wanted by police for alleged involvement in a counterfeiting operation. Carmichael fathered five children with Vivian Barrett Michael, who she would introduce as her secretary rather than spouse or partner. These exploits were just the beginning.

The Lady and the Day "The Lady and The Dale" will debut on January 31 on HBO.Photo courtesy of HBO

The Lady and the Dale

A new, four-part documentary series from Emmy-winning producers Mark and Jay Duplass ("Room 104") follows the story of Geraldine Elizabeth Carmichael, the founder of Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation. During the fuel crisis of the 1970s, Carmichael was living as a woman, taking the world by storm with the promotion of a fuel-efficient three-wheeled car named The Dale.

The Dale was designed and built by Dale Clifft. Before meeting Carmichael, Clifft had built the original vehicle from aluminum tubing and covered it in naugahyde. Carmichael came along and served as the vehicle's hype woman, using her promotional zeal to build up the vehicle's design and engineering and gaining investors putting more than 100 employees on the payroll.

Soon, the media took notice and began digging into The Dale and Carmichael. What resulted next is the story that is captured on film.

"The Lady and The Dale" mixes animation, archival footage, and interviews with Liz's family members and gender scholars, including Susan Stryker.

The series debuts with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 31, at 9:00 p.m. ET with new subsequent Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Lady and The Dale will premiere on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. Watch the trailer below.

The Lady and the Dale: Official Trailer | HBO www.youtube.com

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