A new TV show from Britain’s BBC will reveal to a global audience the inner workings of renowned classic car auction house RM Sotheby’s.
Million Dollar Car Hunters, set to air in 2017, will be a documentary series that will look in-depth at Blenheim, Ontario-based RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest and most prestigious auction house.
RM Sotheby’s is responsible for the acquisition, restoration, and sale of cars with absolutely stratospheric price tags; it’s not uncommon for some vehicles to hit the auction block with million-dollar reserves before selling for tens of millions of dollars when the gavel strikes.
In fact, nine of the top 15 most expensive cars sold at auction were hammered by RM Sotheby’s.
The new show – hosted by Ant Anstead of For the Love of Cars fame – promises to give audiences “exclusive access into the extraordinary and high-class world of RM Sotheby’s” while following the Canadian company’s group of automotive experts on their globe-trotting journeys to find some of the world’s most sought-after classic cars.
“It’s likely to be ready in about April, and it’s penned in for primetime watching on Sunday, probably around 8pm,” said Anstead in a report published by Classic Car Weekly.
RM Sotheby’s has the world’s largest team of classic car specialists, all situated around the world and fluent in a wide range of languages in order to do business with a diverse clientele. Collectively, they have more than 530 years of experience buying, restoring, and selling automobiles.
“Experts turn detective in this glossy character-driven series,” reads a series overview from Waddell Media, which is producing the show on behalf of the BBC and the U.K.’s Channel 4.
But the show is “not all about expensive cars,” says Peter Haynes of RM Sotheby’s. “They range from Fiats to Ferraris. Part of the reason behind that is to keep interest broad—we didn’t want to alienate thousands of viewers.”
And the cameras won’t fixate entirely on static, parked classics, either. “I took a Ferrari 268SP racer we were selling to Cadwell Park [race track] in Lincolnshire. We hired the circuit to do a photo shoot, and the BBC came with us,” elaborated Haynes.
Of course, acquiring and restoring the vehicles is only half the battle—RM Sotheby’s still has to sell them, and for the fattest profit possible.
“After all the work to hunt down this precious metal, there’s the nail-biting tension of the auction itself,” reads Waddell Media’s release. “Will these classic masterpieces and modern supercars sell for millions—or fail to reach their reserve?”
Million Dollar Car Hunters will be aired in ten one-hour episodes; it’s unclear as of yet whether the show will be presented to the BBC’s Canadian audience, but it seems likely given the Canadian roots of the star auction house.
(Waddell Media and Classic Car Weekly with photo from RM Sotheby’s)