RM reveals some of the jewels it will sell in Monterey

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RM has fired off the opening salvo in the build-up to Monterey with the announcement of a couple of blockbuster lots for its California sale in August.

The first is a Jaguar D-type (main image), one of two the Canadian auction house has consigned for sales in 2013

The 1955 example (chassis XKD-530) was famously sold to Finland where it became a star in ice racing and also raced in the USSR, winning its class at the 1961 Leningrad Grand Prix.

Restored by model guru CKL Developments it has taken part in several Mille Miglia retrospectives.

Most interesting of the 24 Ferraris so far consigned for the 16-17 August auction is one of just 10 275 GTB/4 NART Spyders, which will be sold for charity.

Masterminded by Luigi Chinetti, the NART Spyder secured immortality among classics when one appeared in the Steve McQueen movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

This example was bought new by North Carolina businessman Eddie Smith and has been in his family ever since. 

Eddie Smith jnr said: "In making the difficult decision to part with the NART Spyder, we wanted to do something that would have brought a smile to my dad's face.

"He owned Ferraris for all the right reasons and loved driving and enjoying them in the company of fellow enthusiasts. We feel that it needs to be enjoyed and driven by someone who will appreciate the car with the same passion as he did."

Other Ferraris due to be sold include a 1955 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider (above, estimate $3.4-4.4million), a 1950 166 Touring Barchetta ($3-3.5m) and a 1961 400 Superamerica SWB Coupé Aerodinamico ($2.5-3m).

A pair of Maseratis is also guaranteed to generate a lot of interest. They are a 1953 A6G/2000 Spyder (above) and, from the same year, an A6GCS/53 Spyder ($2.45-2.95m).

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