1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

RM Auctions Concorso Villa d’Este 2011 – Auction Preview

The inaugural RM Auctions Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este auction will be held 21 May, 2011 on the banks of Lake Como at the Spazio Villa Erba in Cernobbio, Italy.

RM Auctions, in partnership with BMW Group Classic and Grandhotel Villa d’Este, is the official auction house of the vaunted Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. RM’s sale at the Villa d’Este will be a biennial event, alternating with the company’s Monaco sale, which is held during the same weekend as the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco and will next return in 2012.

RM Auctions assembled a mere 32 automobiles for the single-day Villa d’Este auction, with 10 automobiles estimated to fetch over €1 million euro. In an auction where all of the entrants are prominent, the sale is headlined by the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta; 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta; 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe; 1965 Ford GT Works Prototype Roadster; 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante; 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A; 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder and 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider.

RM Auctions also presents six extraordinary prototypes from the official collection of Bertone S.p.A that have never been offered for public sale, highlighted by the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, 1967 Lamborghini Marzal and 1963 Chevrolet Testudo.

“Without doubt, our debut sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este features one of the most exciting offerings RM Auctions has ever assembled – and arguably, one of the most significant collector car offerings to be presented in recent auction history,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

RM Auctions at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – Auction Information

Sale date:
21 May, 2011 8:00pm – 11:00pm CET

Preview dates:
20 May, 2011 10:00am – 6:00pm CET
21 May, 2011 10:00am – 6:00pm CET

Location:
Spazio Villa Erba,
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
Cernobbio, Como, 22012, Italy

Admission:
Admission to the 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 more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or call RM’s London office at +44 20 7851 7070.

RM Auctions at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011 – Auction Preview

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta - Estimate €2.600.000 - €3.200.000. Chassis number 0352 MM / 0239 EU is one of just 32 built and one of only 17 examples bodied by Pinin Farina; finished top-10 at 1953 Carrera Panamericana; twice displayed at Pebble Beach Concours.
Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta
1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta - Estimate €3.200.000 - €4.200.000. Chassis 0490 AM features coachwork by Pinin Farina; last 375 MM built and reportedly the last Ferrari to carry the ‘Mille Miglia’ designation; displayed at 1955 Turin Motor Show; recipient of restoration by Wayne Obry’s Motion Products Inc, who returned the car to its Turin Motor Show specifications; displayed at Pebble Beach Concours in 2004 where it was judged ‘Best in Class’, as well as Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2005.
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe - Estimate €3.100.000 - €3.800.000. Chassis 90112 is bodied by Figoni et Falaschi; one of only 10 factory built short-chassis cars ever produced and one of just three surviving examples fitted from new with a factory sunroof; won ‘Best in Class’ and ‘Most Elegant Closed Car’ at 2009 Pebble Beach Concours and ‘Best of Show' at the Concours d’Elegance of America at Meadow Brook in July 2010.
1965 Ford GT Works Prototype Roadster, GT/111
1965 Ford GT Works Prototype Roadster - Estimate €2.400.000 - €2.900.000. Chassis number GT/111 is one of only five prototype open GT Roadsters built by Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations in the UK during early 1965, of which just four survive; competed at Le Mans trials and Targa Florio in period; its whereabouts remained largely unknown for forty years until chassis was rediscovered in 2006; following a restoration GT/111 reappeared at the 2007 Goodwood Revival.
1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atalante Coupe
1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC - Estimate €3.250.000 - €4.250.000. Chassis 57551 is one of just over 40 Type 57S chassis built and one of only 17 Atalante Coupes; won Best of Show at 1976 Pebble Beach Concours; documented by marque expert David Sewell;
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet  A
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A - Estimate €1.250.000 - €1.800.000. Built for 14th Maharajah of Indore in Cabriolet A form; multiple concours awards including Pebble Beach.
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe
1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe - Estimate €900.000 - €1.100.000. From the estate of John M. O’Quinn; displayed on the Figoni et Falaschi stand at the 1938 Paris Salon; MS racing engine.
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster - Estimate €800.000 – €980.000. From the estate of John M. O’Quinn; first appearance since completion of restoration by marque specialists Atelier Automobiles Anciennes Dominique Tessier; restoration overseen by Claude Figoni.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta - Estimate €800.000 - €900.000. S/N 09495 was restored in 2003; complete with wire and alloy wheels plus FIVA Class A3 identity;
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder - Estimate €1.600.000 - €2.000.000. Chassis number 1307 GT is matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche certified; ex-Prince Alvise Hercolani and Wolfgang Seidel.
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider - Estimate €700.000 - €910.000. Bodied by Bertone, one of just three competition spyders built and the only Bertone-bodied Aston with racing history.
1968 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada Green
1968 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada - Estimate €380.000 - €480.000. Fully restored in current ownership; retrofitted air-conditioning; shown at the 2004 Concorso Villa d’Este, complete with FIVA Class A3 passport.
1957 BMW 507 Series II
1957 BMW 507 - Estimate €520.000 - €580.000. Series II example, with its original hardtop; well documented, with long-term single ownership.
1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Coupe
1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Coupe - Estimate €590.000 - €750.000. One of only 208 R-Type Continentals and just five Franay-bodied examples; last R-Type Continental built and the last car personally designed by Marius Franay; restored to original specification, shown at Villa d’Este in 2003.
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine - Estimate €520.000 - €700.000. From the estate of John M. O’Quinn; one of about five Rolls-Royces bodied by H.A. Hamshaw, Ltd.; ex-du Pont family, A. Atwater Kent, Jr.; later part of Richard Solove collection; original configuration – chassis, running gear and coachwork.
1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Coupe
1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Coupe - Estimate €475.000 – €575.000. Fresh to the market after 25 years of single-family ownership and with race pedigree that includes Le Mans, Tour de France and Targa Florio.
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato Coda Tronca; - Estimate €260.000 - €300.000. One of only 30 SZ “Coda Tronca” examples built; known ownership beginning in Lugano, Switzerland; shown at Villa d’Este in 2004.
1963 Chevrolet Testudo
1963 Chevrolet Testudo - Estimate €500.000 - €800.000. From the Collection of Bertone S.p.A.; unveiled at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show; early career highlight of young designer Giorgetto Giugiaro; fully restored before being shown at 1996 Pebble Beach Concours.
1967 Lamborghini Marzal
1967 Lamborghini Marzal - Estimate €1.000.000 - €1.800.000. From the Collection of Bertone S.p.A.; unveiled at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show; one-off Lamborghini four seat, gullwing concept was predecessor to the Espada.
1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero Bertone Concept
1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero - Estimate €1.000.000 - €1.800.000. From the Collection of Bertone S.p.A; unveiled at the 1970 Turin Motor Show; First prototype of the Stratos production car; fully and professionally restored in 2000.
1974 Lamborghini Bravo Bertone Concept
1974 Lamborghini Bravo - Estimate €150.000 - €220.000. From the Collection of Bertone S.p.A.; unveiled at Turin Motor Show, October 1974, intended as a two-seat V8 companion the the Uracco.
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider - Estimate €2.600.000 - €3.300.000. Chassis 0670 MDTR has known ownership and successful racing history, including five Targa Florio entries and winner of the Monte Pellegrino Hillclimb; Ferrari Heritage certification.

[Source: RM Auctions]