If you’re a fan of both endurance racing and of GM, and if you’ve got a sizable balance in your bank account just waiting to be spent, you may want to head on down to Amelia Island, FL, for the upcoming RM Auctions event. Held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the annual RM Auction specializes in selling the best of the best. Take last year, for example, when a 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder was snapped up by none other than Sir Stirling Moss for a cool $1.705 million.
This year, one of the featured cars is a 2002 Cadillac LMP-02-002, as campaigned by J.J. Lehto and Max Angelelli during the 2002 American Le Mans Series. The car took 9th place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and scored as high as second place in the ALMS race in Miami. In 2009, the car was sold by the GM Museum to a private customer, who now has it up for grabs at Amelia Island. RM doesn’t speculate on price, but says the car will sell for “fraction of the cost of an Audi R8 from the same era.” This makes sense, since the Cadillac wasn’t always competitive against its rival from Ingolstadt.
Cadillac LMP-02-002 comes ready to run, including a 600 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 engine and six speed sequential gearbox. It’s eligible for vintage competition, but it would also make a great addition to anyone’s race car collection. As far as I know, this is the only Cadillac LMP in private hands, and you can’t get more exclusivity than that.