2008 Automobiles of London Auction Preview – RM Auctions

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, will hold its second annual Automobiles of London auction event on October 29th.

The highly anticipated auction promises another fantastic collection of vintage motor cars, headlined by an elegant 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster, an ultra-rare 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta and a stunning 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo. RM amassed 100 superb automobiles to go under the hammer during the single-day event.

“With total sales exceeding £18 million, last year’s inaugural London auction entered the history books as the largest motor car event of its kind ever to be held in the UK,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM’s European Operations.

“Our team has assembled a magnificent collection of vintage automobiles, including some of the greatest British, Italian and German marques of all time, and with 100 motor cars to choose from, there is something to cater for all automotive tastes,” he added.

RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London event will again be held at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London UK on October 29th, 2008. A full day preview will be held on October 28th from 11am to 5:30pm. Doors open on October 29th at 10am, with all the auction action getting underway from 4pm. Admission to the event is by catalogue only, which is available for £50 and admits two.

RM Auctions invites further entries for this sale. For more information, contact RM Auctions’ London Office at +44 (0) 207 293 6336 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

Notable Consignments:

1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder – Estimate £3,000,000 – £3,500,000. This California Spyder is presented in almost totally original condition. Adding to its wonderful history, the car was in long term ownership between 1972 and 2003 and made various film and television appearances, including being driven by Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster – Estimate £1,500,000 – £2,000,000. One of the jewels of the London sale is a luxurious 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi (chassis number 854268). Regarded as one of Germany’s preeminent luxury marques, Horch was part of the famed Auto Union group alongside Audi, DKW and Wanderer. With its advanced chassis design and fully independent rear suspension, the Special Roadster competed with the Mercedes-Benz 540K. Formerly stored in a private Latvian collection, the elegant 853 Special Cabriolet is one of just three surviving examples of its kind, and one of six survivors of all types, making for an exclusive ownership opportunity.

1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta – Estimate £2,500,000 – £2,800,000. Another star attraction of the London sale is a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta (chassis number 6173). The 27th of just 32 total examples produced, this 250 LM enjoyed an early and successful racing history with Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus, winning its class in the 1965 Targa Floria. In 1975, it was acquired by Wayne Sparling, Luigi Chinetti’s former NART crew chief, who personally maintained and serviced the car for the next 25 years.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante – Estimate £600,000 – £800,000. Also set to cross the block at the London event is an ultra-rare, supercharged 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante (chassis number 57766). This sleek black and primose yellow beauty began life as a Stelvio cabriolet before an early owner – who also had an Atalante coupé – exchanged the two car bodies for one another in an effort to mate the more powerful supercharged engine with the rarer coupé body (not an uncommon practice in that period). Adding to its fascinating history, this example was formerly owned by John W. Straus, grandson of Isidor Straus – the man credited for transforming American-based R.H. Macy’s into a retail colossus. After years of driving pleasure, Straus parked the car in his New York Garage in 1962, where it remained for 45 years before being recently uncovered, delicately cleaned and brought to proper running order. A barn find in the truest sense, the car was purchased by its current owner in 2007.

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo – Estimate £300,000 – £400,000. Another highlight with remarkable provenance is an elegant, well-documented 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo with coachwork by Million-Guiet. Prepared for and displayed at the 1924 Paris Auto Show, this handsome example was originally purchased by a Mr. Dutasta of Paris in 1925, before finding its way into the collection of Ettore Bugatti. Mr. Bugatti and his family owned the car from 1926 to 1963. Other illustrious former owners include: French racing driver and vintner, Maurice Trintignant; champagne heir, Count Frederic Chandon de Briailles; and F1 racing champion, Jean Alesi.

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo

1959 Ferrari 250 Tour de France – Estimate £1,820,000 – £2,200,000. Another significant Ferrari is this superb 1959 Ferrari 250 Tour de France that was delivered new to Luigi Piotti, who subsequently raced the car at Monza before it was exported to the United States in the late 1960s. The previous owner campaigned the car from 1999 to 2004 in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, before treating it to a complete restoration, which was finished in 2006. Beautifully presented, it received 1st place at Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary Concours in Maranello.

1959 Ferrari 250 Tour de France

1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre – Estimate £600,000 – £680,000. Formerly owned and developed by noted Bentley aficionado John “Jumbo” Goddard for over sixty years.

1924 Bentley 3/8 Litre

1953 Bentley R-Type Continental – Estimate £325,000 – £375,000.

1953 Bentley R-Type Continental

1931 Packard Model 840 Deluxe Eight Roadster – Estimate £90,000 – £200,000.

1931 Packard Model 840 Deluxe Eight Roadster

1983 Citroen Picasso 2CV6 – Estimate £10,000 – £14,000.

1983 Citroen Picasso 2CV6

[Source: RM Auctions]