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2007 Saleen S7

LM
$149.3M worth of cars at RM Sotheby's Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
$1,022,500
Sale Price
$800,000 - $1,000,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
13 August 2021
Sold Date
253
Lot Number
#2
Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 1S9SB18107S000107. Silver and black over black leather and Alcantara. 7.0-liter, 1000-hp twin-turbo V-8, 6-speed manual, adjustable biplane rear wing, rear diffuser, Saleen alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, air conditioning, power windows, four-point Sparco harnesses.

Evaluation: Represented as one of three (other sources say seven) S7s upgraded to LM specification. Upgraded in 2018. With 170 miles, this car is in excellent condition inside and out. It looks like nobody has ever really put this car through its paces, which is almost a shame because 1000 horsepower and all sorts of aero kit, the LM-spec S7 is capable of savage performance, including a claimed 240-mph top speed.

Bottom Line: Estimates vary, but there were probably fewer than 100 Saleen S7s of all types built, which makes these home-grown hypercars Pagani-level rare even in base trim. But the twin-turbo and especially the LM-spec S7s are next-level scarce. This same car sold for $1,205,000 on Bring a Trailer last November. It was the first LM to hit the open market, and it eclipsed the previous auction record for a Saleen S7 by nearly a factor of 2.

Showing just 12 more miles in Monterey, it took a bit of a tumble but a seven-figure final price is still strong. This was another example of a theme we saw across Monterey this year – big cars that are fresh to market sold well, while cars with multiple auction appearances under their built just didn’t do as well the second time around.

by Andrew Newton
26 August 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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