Dare to Dream with No Reserve at RM Sotheby’s

Dare to Dream Collection by RM Sotheby's

The Dare to Dream Collection will be sold by RM Sotheby’s in Toronto between May 31 and June 1 this year. The collection is the work of financier and investor Miles Nadal and features an estimated $60 million worth of cars and collectible sneakers. The automotive part of the collection consists of more than 100 cars with plenty of the usual suspects in attendance.

There’s plenty of time to look closer at this collection as the auction approaches, but let’s live a little and dream big by looking at a few that are being offered with no reserve.

The Ferrari 288 GTO is a stunning example of Italian engineering and design, a true icon in the automotive world. Introduced in 1984, the 288 GTO was developed to compete in Group B with its design rooted in the need for a powerful yet street-legal race car.

The heart of the 288 GTO was its impressive 2.9L twin-turbo V8 engine, which was capable of producing 400 horsepower. This engine was not only a testament to Ferrari’s racing heritage but also a nod to the future of its road cars. The vehicle’s development was spearheaded by Nicola Materazzi, an engineer with a great deal of experience with turbocharging and racing.

With its sleek design penned by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina, the 288 GTO was based on the 308 GTB and made its public debut at the Geneva Salon in February 1984. It was an instant hit, with all units sold before the auto show concluded. The 288 GTO was a very limited production car, with only 272 units built between 1984 and 1987, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after Ferraris made at that time.

The 288 GTO’s significance extends beyond its limited numbers – it marked the beginning of a new era for Ferrari as the precursor to the F40 and subsequent supercars. It was the first in a lineage of Ferrari’s supercar series, setting a high bar for performance and design that would influence the marque’s future models.

The car to be offered from the Dare to Dream Collection is a matching-numbers example, complete with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book and Certificate of Authenticity.

The Jaguar XJ220 is a remarkably impressive example of ambition and engineering. Conceived during a time of prosperity for the sports car industry, the XJ220 was born from a passion project known as “The Saturday Club” at Jaguar. This informal group of employees, led by engineering director Jim Randle, envisioned a car that could dominate on the racetrack and still be driven on public roads.

The initial concept was a V12-engined, all-wheel-drive beast, aiming to compete in the FIA’s Group B series. However, the final production model saw significant changes due to engineering challenges and a shift in market conditions. The production version of the XJ220 featured a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, a departure from the original concept but still a formidable performance car.

Despite its changes, the XJ220 made a splash, recording a top speed of 212.3 mph during testing, which briefly earned it the title of the fastest production car. It also boasted an impressive Nürburgring lap time that outpaced any production car before it.

The example to be offered by RM Sotheby’s from the Dare to Dream Collection is the final XJ220 built and was originally kept by Jaguar in their private collection. It underwent a mechanical refresh and shows only 3,769 km since new.

The 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV is the pinnacle of engineering when it comes to the first supercar, the car that changed everything – the Lamborghini Miura. The SV initials stand for “Spinto Veloce” which can be translated to “Tuned Fast” and absolutely lives up to that name.

The Miura P400 SV featured numerous improvements over its predecessors, the P400 and P400 S. It was equipped with a more powerful engine, with different cam timing and altered four 3-barrel Weber carburetors, boosting its output to 380 horsepower and torque to 295 lb-ft. All that power was delivered to the rear wheels by five-speed manual transmission.

The Miura P400 SV was built from 1971 to 1973 with a limited number being produced – only 150 were built by the factory, making the fastest version of the first supercar also one of the rarest supercars.

The example set to be offered by RM Sotheby’s from the Dare to Dream Collection is a numbers-matching example with a well-known ownership history and benefits from a restoration completed by Cremonini Carrozzeria.