Luxury, style, and power—three elements that have been essential to the world’s most desirable automobiles since the early days of the automobile. Grand tourers are designed with high-speed driving for long distances in mind, easily able to cross continents without compromise and able to deliver thrills on demand. The emphasis of a successful GT car is on complete control by the driver—taking the best characteristics of sports cars in the form of sophisticated chassis and suspension elements for suitable road handling on routes of all types, and engines with ample power and design that both inside and out are focused on complete control by the driver. Often configured as a 2+2 or two-door coupe, they should be able to transport two passengers and their luggage comfortably while incorporating superior materials and comforts of luxury sedans.
At RM Sotheby’s annual London collector car auction, an eclectic selection of significant blue-chip automobiles ranging from Edwardian-era classics to modern supercars will be offered. Held in the renowned Olympia event space in West Kensington on 24 October 2019, an exceptional group of more than 60 cars will cross the auction block. Among those are a number of vehicles encompassing the qualities of the world’s greatest grand touring machines, fit for cross-continental drives and rallies and shorter, spirited cruises alike.
Click ahead to explore 10 examples that encompass the best attributes of what the automotive world has to offer.