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RM Auctions London 2012 – Auction Preview

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The RM Auctions London 2012 sale will be held 31st October at Battersea Evolution in central London.

The 6th annual London auction will see more than 90 automobiles and motorcycles go under the hammer during the single-day sale, headlined by the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France; alloy-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing;

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa; 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff; 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S; 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Cabriolet and 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake; among others.

“The broad selection of marques and values represented in this year’s London sale is what really sets it apart from other collector car auctions,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. “RM always succeeds in bringing together some of the world’s finest automobiles, and this year we have a large number of lots that represent a broad cross section of the collector car market and which have been drawn from every corner of the globe. This international capability is what really sets us apart in the market place.”

The 2012 RM Auctions London auction features more than 25 British automobiles, including examples from Aston Martin, AC, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. A total of 11 Aston Martins are poised to go under the hammer, ranging from a 1960 DB4 through to a 2001 Vanquish Prototype, the second produced by the factory. Others highlights include a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, delivered new that year to Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney. The car is accompanied by a heritage certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust confirming this fact and includes a Philips Auto-Mignon record player, the perfect amenity for a professional recording star (estimate: £300,000 – £380,000).

A total of 11 Ferraris will be offered during the evening sale on the 31st October. In addition to the 250 GT LWB TdF, the catalogue also features a Ferrari Classiche certified 1964 250GT Lusso Berlinetta, chassis 5101 GT (estimate: £550,000 – £650,000) while motorsport fans will be offered an opportunity to purchase a 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula One Racing Car, chassis 183. This Scuderia Ferrari team car was built for the 1998 season during which Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine were teammates and for whom this car intended to be used as a race day ‘spare’ (estimate: £440,00 – £520,000).

Beyond these individual, private entries, RM will also offer a single-vendor collection of cars currently owned by a Dutch collector, Wim Zegwaard. The 22-car collection represents a mix of American and European automobiles. Among others, the collections features no less than five Chevrolet Impala Convertibles, two Chevrolet Bel Air Convertibles, and three classic American Fords, including a Fairlane Galaxie 500 Convertible, a 1956 Thunderbird Convertible, and a 1966 Mustang 289 Convertible. The collection also boasts a wide cross-section of European classics, with entries as varied as a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL through to a 1991 Citroen 2CV6 Charleston and culminating with a 2008 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4.

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Event Details – RM Auctions London 2012

Sale date: 31 October, 2012 at 6:30 PM BST
Preview dates: 30 (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST) and 31 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM BST) October, 2012

Location: Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park London, United Kingdom, SW11 4NJ

Admission: Admission to this event 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.

For full event details, visit or call RM London at +44 20 7851 7070.

RM Auctions London 2012 – Auction Preview

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Testa Fissa
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Testa Fissa – Estimate £750,000-£900,000. One of only twelve Testa Fissa specification Alfas believed constructed; 1930 Tourist Trophy race winner piloted by Tazio Nuvolari; 1930 London Motor Show car; (See SCD Motors article). (photo: Cymon Taylor)
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing – Estimate Unavailable. One of 29 alloy-bodied examples produced; Early-1990s restoration by Gullwing specialists Kienle Automobiltechnik; All-original mechanical components, including factory Rudge wheels; Factory upgrades, including a Sonderteile motor and sports suspension. (photo: Tom Wood)
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Tour de France – Estimate £1,800,000-£2,400,000. Chassis 1335GT; One of approximately nine late open-headlamp cars; 30th of 36 fourth-series single-louver TdF examples; Period racing history including multiple first in class finishes; multiple entrant in the modern Mille Miglia, in addition to a display at the 50th Anniversary of Ferrari in Rome and Maranello. (photo: Cymon Taylor)
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet Gangloff
1937 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet – Estimate £500,000-£600,000. Coachwork by Gangloff; first customer-ordered and delivered Type 57C; four owners from new; one owner for 40 years. (photo: Tom Wood)
1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double Bubble
1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT – Estimate £60,000-£80,000. Famed ‘Double Bubble’ by Carrozzeria Zagato; Well restored and maintained. (photo: Tim Scott)
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S – Estimate £320,000-£360,000. Late production example with matching numbers; Recent engine rebuild and repaint in original Rosso Corsa. (photo: Tom Wood)
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake – Estimate £325,000-£375,000. One of only two DB6 shooting brakes built; Commissioned new by Innes Ireland; Not been seen in public since 1995; Complete restoration by Aston Martin Works Service. (photo: Tim Scott)
1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports
1926 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports – Estimate £250,000-£300,000. Matching-numbers supported by a Works Record Card; Known ownership history; listed in the Club Register since its inception in 1964; Fully documented restoration by marque specialists from 2006–2010. (photo: Tim Scott)
1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupe
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe – Estimate £120,000-£150,000. Early flat-floor example; chassis number five; Fully documented and numbers-matching. (photo: Pawel Litwinski)
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Cabriolet
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Cabriolet – Estimate £145,000-£180,000. Coachwork by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina; Original chassis, engine, and body; Three owners from new. (photo: Remco Pronk)
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible – Estimate £585,000-£700,000. One of 123 examples built; Fitted with optional five-speed ZF gearbox; Single ownership for the last 20 years; Documented ground-up restoration; minimal use since. (photo: Tim Scott)
1973 Lancia Stratos Stradale
1973 Lancia Stratos Stradale – Estimate £170,000-£190,000. Restoration by marque expert in Italy from 2010–2012. (photo: Cymon Taylor)
1970 Citroen DS21 EFI Decapotable
1970 Citroen DS21 EFI Decapotable – Estimate £120,000-£150,000. Fully restored by marque experts; electronic fuel injection and five-speed transmission. (photo: Tim Scott)
1952 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon
1952 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon – Estimate £575,000-£675,000. 1952 Earl’s Court Motor Show car; seventh of 193 R-Types built by H.J Mulliner; Fresh from full restoration by noted specialists. (photo: Tim Scott)

[Source: RM Auctions; photos: ©2012 Courtesy of RM Auctions]