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RM Auctions Concorso Villa d’Este 2013 – Auction Preview

1953 Ferrari 340-375 MM Berlinetta Hardy Mutschler ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta

The RM Auctions Villa d’Este 2013 sale will be held 25th May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

The international team at RM Auctions assembled 40 vehicles for the biennial Villa Erba sale, headlined by the 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione; 1905 FIAT 60HP Five-Passenger Touring; 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico; 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Coupe Superprofilee; 1933 MG K3 Magnette; 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM Nuvolari Spider and 1927 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix; among the long list of impressive offerings.

In 2011, RM’s debut Lake Como auction generated more than €23 million in sales during two hours of bidding. As many as six lots garnered million-euro-plus results, with two lots surpassing the €3 million mark. Bidders represented more than 23 countries around the world. (See RM Auctions Villa d’Este 2011 – Auction Report)

Additional 2013 RM Auction Concorso Villa d’Este Highlights Include:

  • 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre Open Tourer, chassis FB3317, fitted with its original Vanden Plas coachwork and documented in detail by noted Bentley expert Clare Hay (Est. €530.000 – €690.000);
  • 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer, chassis 82OR, that served as the official transport for then Princess Elizabeth during her state visit to Kenya in 1952 (Est. €340.000 – €420.000);
  • 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider, chassis B24S 1147, one of only 114 surviving examples (Est. €500.000 – €600.000);
  • Matching-numbers 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 07743, originally shown at the 1965 Frankfurt International Motor Show (Est. €750.000 – €850.000);
  • Ferrari Classiche certified, matching-numbers 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet by Pininfarina, chassis 2533GT (Est. €680.000 – €780.000);
  • 1997 Ferrari F50, chassis 106910, (Est. €420.000 – €480.000);
  • Low mileage, single-owner 2004 Ferrari Enzo, chassis 138347, complete with tools, books and documentation, and recently serviced by Ferrari Classiche (Est. €760.000 – €880.000);
  • 2010 Ferrari 599XX, chassis 170895, one of only 29 examples built (Est. €800.000 – €1.100.000);
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, chassis 07189, presented in its elegant, and seldom-seen, original colours (Est. €650.000 – €780.000); and
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta, chassis 5275GT, with matching-numbers and Ferrari Classiche certification (Est. €670.000 – €770.000).

(See RM Auctions Villa d’Este 2013 – Digital Catalog)

RM Auctions’ Villa Erba sale will also lift the gavel on a significant 1960 Riva Tritone Special Cadillac “Ribot III”, hull 132. Historically, Riva has declined all custom orders with the exception of one, Ribot III. Commissioned by Achille Roncoroni, an industrialist and accomplished mariner from Como who also represented Italy in sailing at the 1948 Olympic Games, Ribot III was to be the biggest, best and most powerful Riva of the Golden Era. Upon completion, Ribot III’s 8.3-meter hull and 325 horsepower Cadillac Crusader Mariner V-8 lived up to these expectations. Presented in restored condition, it boasts just two owners from new and is offered for the first time in more than 40 years (Est. €500.000 – €700.000). In addition to Ribot III, the sale will also feature a 1956 Riva Ariston Cadillac “Slughi”, hull 101, one of only six Aristons fitted with the 250 horsepower Cadillac engine in 1956, and the only surviving example from that year (Est. €180.000 – €220.000).

Admission to the preview and auction requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for €70. The catalogue admits two and must be presented at the entrance to the sale to be granted entry. Bidder registration is €120 and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two to the preview and auction.

For additional information, contact RM’s London Office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit

RM Auctions Concorso Villa d’Este 2013 – Auction Preview


1905 FIAT 60HP Five-Passenger
1905 FIAT 60HP Five-Passenger Touring – Estimate Unavailable. Originally built for American-based brewing magnate August Anheuser Busch; sole survivor of 20 examples built; completely original and unrestored; known ownership history from new, including Busch, James Melton, Don Miller, and Louis Biondi; second in class at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours; offered for sale publicly for the first time in 108 years. (photo: Teddy Pieper)
1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster by Reutter
1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster by Reutter – Estimate €160.000 – €200.000. Recently fully restored; Porsche Certificate of Authenticity; Copy of original Kardex warranty card. (photo: Simon Clay)
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico – Estimate €1.900.000 – €2.300.000. Chassis 3559SA; matching-numbers with Pininfarina coachwork; extensive, recent exterior and mechanical upgrades; Ferrari Classiche certified and a 2012 Cavallino Classic Platinum Award winner. (photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images)
1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe
1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe – Estimate €840.000 – €1.000.000. Chassis 46208; matching-numbers car and features a recreation of the Superprofile coupe coachwork, designed by Jean Bugatti; recipient of a well-documented restoration; won honors at the 2011 Sydney Concours. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1947 Cisitalia 202 MM Nuvolari Spider
1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Nuvolari Spider – Estimate €450.000 – €550.000. Bodied by Carrozzeria Garella; Unique all-steel prototype for the 202 Spider; First raced by Cisitalia founder Piero Dusio; 1947 Mille Miglia works team car finished 4th overall. (photo: Cymon Taylor)
1954 Cisitalia 33DF Voloradente
1954 Cisitalia 33DF Voloradente – Estimate €135.000 – €175.000. One of three known to exist; styled by an ex-Pininfarina designer, Aldo Brovarone; fresh restoration. (photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images)
1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta
1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta – Estimate €110.000 – €150.000. First of approximately 10 examples imported to the U.S. by Ernie McAfee; tested in the August 1954 issue of Road & Track; chassis 1290 and non-matching engine 1294; restored in 2005. (photo: Pawel Litwinski)
1927 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix
1927 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix – Estimate €750.000 – €1.000.000. Chassis 37254; known ownership, with nearly 30 years in the hands of the current owner; inspected and documented by Pierre Yves Laugier; participated in the 1972 Mille Miglia Retrospective. (photo: Bernard Canonne)

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1933 MG K3 Magnette
1933 MG K3 Magnette – Estimate €580.000 – €700.000. Ex-Earl Howe 1933 MG K3 Mille Miglia works team car; Gran Premio Brescia Trophy Team Prize winner; extensive pre-war race history; well documented, including numerous period photos and documents. (photo: Tom Wood)
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 – Estimate €360.000 – €420.000. Finished in the original Rosso Miura and Senape colour combination; recently rebuilt engine and transmission, the work totalling over €100,000. (photo: Hardy Mutschler)
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet Bertone
1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet – Estimate €260.000 – €340.000. Bodied by Bertone; one of 139 Cabriolets built; recent professional engine rebuild and cosmetic freshening by RM Auto Restoration; equipped with Rudge wheels and Becker Mexico radio. (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – Estimate €650.000 – €800.000. Matching-numbers and low-mileage Roadster; originally delivered to Switzerland; five-year comprehensive restoration. (photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images)
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione – Estimate Unavailable. Chassis 0320AM is one of three works 375 MM competition cars entered at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans; well-known racing history, including the 24 Hour of Spa, Carrera Panamericana, and winning the 12 Hours of Pescara; only works race car to have been driven in the World Sports Car Championship by three World Champions: Hawthorn, Ascari, and Farina; offered in restored condition. (photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images)
1929 Bentley 6 1/2-Litre Sedanca de Ville
1929 Bentley 6 1/2-Litre Sedanca de Ville – Estimate €600.000 – €700.000. One of about 20 surviving 6 1/2-Litre Bentleys, with original coachwork and engine; 1929 Olympia Motor Show car; recently displayed at the Bentley factory; coachbuilt by H.J. Mulliner. (photo: Tim Scott / Fluid Images)
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO – Estimate €800.000 – €950.000. Less than 35,000 kilometres from new; Ferrari Classiche certified. (photo: Cymon Taylor)
989 Ferrari F40
1989 Ferrari F40 – Estimate €320.000 – €380.000. Chassis 80715; Ferrari Classiche certified; two owners from new; recently serviced by Rossocorsa Ferrari Milan. (photo: Simon Clay)

[Source: RM Auctions]