A selection of sports and racing cars are the latest featured consignments for the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale, scheduled for August 16-17 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Convention Center in California. Among the more than 100 motor cars on offer, RM’s flagship two-day Monterey auction will feature a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta, a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico and a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Fantuzzi Spider.
The 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis XKD-530, was originally sold to Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, Finland and was used regularly and competitively for ice racing, a popular form of motorsport in Scandinavia. The car enjoyed an extensive racing history during Mr. Lincoln’s ownership and is possibly the only Jaguar to have raced within the USSR during the Cold War period, having finished 1st in Class at the 1961 Leningrad Grand Prix. The car has been the recent subject of an extensively researched and executed restoration by Jaguar experts, CKL Developments in the UK. Finished in its original British Racing Green and a veteran of numerous Mille Miglia retrospectives, XKD-530 is eligible for virtually all historic motorsport events (Estimate: Available upon request).
Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM Auctions, California, said, “A longstanding tradition on the global collector calendar, our annual Monterey sale has such an international status that it consistently attracts the finest cars available to the market. Our upcoming 2013 auction will certainly be no exception, as we have strategically limited the number of cars on offer, handpicking a roster of only the highest quality blue-chip collectible automobiles. Sports racing cars don’t come much more significant than a D-Type Jaguar, which will be offered alongside what is fast becoming one of the best collections of Ferrari and Maserati cars to be offered anywhere in the world.”
In addition to the previously announced eight-car Ferrari collection from the Estate of William H. Tilley, is a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, chassis 0530M. As the eighteenth 750 Monza built, 0530M rolled out of the Maranello factory on March 1, 1955, with its ‘Certificate of Origin’ showing that it was sold new to Count Luigi “Lulu” Chiaramonte Bordonaro. The car boasts extensive period racing history, including back-to-back wins at the Corsa al Monte Pellegrino in 1955 and 1956, as well as contesting the 1956 Targa Florio. In more recent times, the car has been displayed in the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia, and has competed in the Italian retrospective with nearly a decade of continuous participation (Estimate: $3,400,000–$4,400,000).
Joining the 750 Monza is another example of one of Ferrari’s early competition models, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta. Chassis 0038M is an early 166 MM Barchetta and boasts a racing history in the hands of Alberto Ascari, Luigi Chinetti and René Dreyfus. During 1950 alone, 0038M scored victories at the GP of Luxemburg, Coppa della Toscana, and the Coppa della Calabria, while also finishing 2nd overall in the Mille Miglia, as well as participating in outings at both the Targa Florio and Le Mans. In 1951, the car was rebodied by Vignale and sent to the Argentine driver Jose Froilan Gonzales, who campaigned it over the next few years. While 0038M has sported two bodies during its extensive career, it is offered for sale fitted with a Touring-style Barchetta body identical to its original, as well as its later Vignale coupe body. More recently, 0038M finished the 2010 Mille Miglia as the highest placed Ferrari (Estimate: $3,000,000–$3,500,000).
The 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale will also feature a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico, chassis 2841SA. The seventh of just seventeen 400 SA Coupe Aerodinamicos produced on the short chassis, 2841SA was first seen in public in October 1961 at the Paris Motor Show, before being sold to its first owner, Count Fritz Herbert Somsky, of Geneva, Switzerland. The car has since spent a substantial number of years in the United States, where it received a complete frame-off restoration and was subsequently shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it scored 99.5 points in the Ferrari GT class. Furthermore, it has been shown at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance where it received a Platinum award, and, most recently won the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region Platinum award for Best GT Car. 2841SA is finished in the color combination of blu sera with natural saddle leather interior (Estimate: $2,500,000–$3,000,000).
In addition to the group of Ferraris, RM’s Monterey sale will also lift the gavel on a group of Maseratis. Joining the already announced 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider with coachwork by Frua, is another Maserati of the same era. The 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spider, chassis 2053, with coachwork by Fantuzzi, was originally sold to noted etceterini importer Tony Pompeo, and it was exhibited for Pompeo when new by the great three-time world champion racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Chassis 2053 was then raced by Donald McKnought in the 1954 SCCA championship, receiving several 1st in Class finishes, as well as a 1st OA at Suffolk County at the hands of Bill Eager (Estimate: $2,450,000–$2,950,000).
Peter Giddings, the California-based vintage and historic racing authority who recently joined RM Auctions, said, “Racing memories come flooding back when I eye the supreme list of cars consigned to the Monterey sale. The 750 Monza truly tugs at the heart strings; having driven both 750 and 860 variants, the Lampredi engine is a real stump puller in the torque department. The Maserati A6GCS/53 is another landmark. Credited for inventing the twin nostril nose, Fantuzzi surely designed and built the most beautiful of all coachwork.”
The RM Auctions Monterey 2013 sale returns to the Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, California, from August 16–17. In 2012, RM’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week generated $96 million in sales and established numerous world records.
For more information, contact an RM specialist at +1 519 352 4575 or visit rmauctions.com.