The RM Auctions Villa d’Este 2013 sale will be held 25th May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, with a selection of 40 automobiles offered as the official auction of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. In addition to the previously announced 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta Competizione, further consignments for this year’s auction include examples from Ferrari, Cisitalia, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce.
The inaugural RM Auctions Concorso Villa d’Este sale in 2011 generated more than €23 million in sales during only two hours of bidding. As many as six lots garnered million-euro-plus results during the event, with two lots surpassing the €3 million mark.
Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, said, “It will be wonderful to be back at Lake Como and supporting the Concorso d’Eleganza with what promises to be a truly spectacular selection of cars. The Concorso prides itself on being the pinnacle of taste and exclusivity and that is obviously the same ethos underpinning how RM conducts this auction and the cars offered within it.”
A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe, chassis 3559SA, is a matching-numbers example with Pininfarina coachwork. One of only 36 examples produced in 1962, 3559SA is finished in its original Blue Sera Italver paintwork. It features covered headlamps and four-wheel disc brakes, and benefits from extensive, recent exterior and mechanical upgrades and full Ferrari Classiche certification (Estimate: €1,900,000–€2,000,000).
The 2013 RM Auctions Lake Como sale will also feature a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe, of which only 450 T46 examples were built between 1929 and 1933. Chassis 46208 is a matching-numbers car and features a recreation of the Superprofile coupe coachwork, designed by Jean Bugatti. The recipient of a well-documented restoration, this yellow and black example won honors at the 2011 Sydney Concours (Estimate: €800,000–€1,000,000).
Also featured is the 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer, chassis 820R, an open tourer with coachwork by Barker and one of the 1929 motor show cars. It was subsequently exported to Kenya, where it served as the official transport for the then Princess Elizabeth, during her state visit to the country in 1952. It was during this visit that she was to learn of the death of her father, King George VI, and of her accession to the throne of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Striking in its unusual yellow bodywork, which contrasts with the green leather interior, most recently 820R was displayed at the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance in the UK as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations (Estimate: €375,000–€450,000).
Enthusiasts of post-war Italian sports cars with Mille Miglia provenance will appreciate the early consignment of a 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM Nuvolari Spider with period race history. Chassis 002S MM is regarded as the factory prototype and boasts several details that set it apart from the other 25 cars originally produced. Extensively campaigned in period by Piero Dusio, founder of Cisitalia, 002S MM went on to compete in the 1947 Mille Miglia as one of four factory entered cars, where it was driven to 4th overall by Minetti and Facetti. Tazio Nuvolari finished the same race in 2nd place overall in a sister car, and it is for this reason that the model is commonly referred to as the “Nuvolari Spider” (Estimate: €450,000–€525,000).
For additional information, contact RM’s London Office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit rmauctions.com.