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1950s Sports Racing Legends Top Results as RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Sale Grosses €19.8 Million


 

LAKE COMO, 27 May, 2019

RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the esteemed Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, concluded its fifth, successful Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, grossing an impressive €19,798,085 and with five cars achieving figures in excess of €1,000,000. Bidders at the exclusive event represented no less than 30 countries, with more than 25 percent being first-time RM Sotheby’s clientele.

Pre-sale, it was two incredible sports racing machines from the 1950s which had garnered significant attention, and on the night it was the same two cars which stole the show. The top seller was the original, matching-numbers 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, chassis no. 0448 MD, the 12th of just 13 Pinin Farina Spiders built. The car boasts extensive period racing history and is an exceptionally eligible car for historic racing and concours events. Fully restored and Ferrari Classiche certified, the car was deservedly bought for €3,717,500.



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No car exemplifies the appeal of a 1950s sports racing car more than a 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder, providing exceptional usability and ultimate eligibility for historic events. The car sold at Villa Erba is one of only 40 cars made and benefits from a well-known and highly documented history. Chassis no. 550A-0121 was first delivered to Denmark in 1957 and enjoyed competition history there as well as in Africa where it went on to be sold. The car has undergone a complete, body-off restoration by leading Porsche specialists and has only covered 100km on the road since returning from the workshop. This wonderful piece of Porsche history achieved €3,380,000.

1960s Aston Martins are always desirable and none more so than the rare 1965 Aston Martin Short-Chassis Volante, which is one of the final examples of a mere 37 built. Offered after a period of long-term ownership and beautifully restored in Switzerland by renowned experts, the car is matching numbers and features a rare and desirable hardtop. It fully deserved to be the night’s third highest seller, achieving an impressive €1,805,000. The sale was notable for featuring an incredible collection of rare Zagato-bodied cars in celebration of the coachbuilder’s 100th anniversary, and leading the group was a stunning 1955 Fiat 8V Coupé by Zagato, a car highly coveted by collectors. The car sold, chassis no. 000076, is one of 26 coupes built, and brought a worthy €1,771,250.

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist and the Villa Erba Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s
“To achieve nearly €20 million in gross sales is a great result, and it’s testament to the high-quality cars that were on offer at Villa Erba. We have once again demonstrated that the best 1950s sports racing cars with strong provenance remain the most highly prized collector cars in this hobby-driven market, while cars such as the Aston Martin Volante and Fiat 8V Coupe demonstrate how the appeal of timeless design and low production numbers are key factors in driving demand among enthusiasts and collectors.”

It was the absolutely stunning 1931 Bugatti Type 50 Roadster that rounded out the top five sellers on the night. This incredible supercharged, eight-cylinder engined touring car, is one of two remaining examples with original Jean Bugatti-designed factory coachwork and was offered in beautiful restored condition. With factory records including the original bill of sale, this pre-war great achieved €1,411,250.

Aside from the Fiat 8V, the other Zagato bodied cars sold extremely well in the sale; a fitting tribute in the legendary designer’s 100th anniversary year. The 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake, the 12th of only 99 built, made €511,250; the glorious and well-restored 1966 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport 3C 2.8 made €252,500; the 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, one of only 14 examples with manual transmission, made €331,250;the 1990 Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione, the prototype example and the 1991 Geneva show car, made €218,500; and the diminutive and highly sought-after 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' by Zagato, made €103,500.

RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Top 10 sales

  1. Lot 148 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider €3,717,500
  2. Lot 140 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder €3,380,000
  3. Lot 135 1965 Aston Martin Short-Chassis Volante €1,805,000
  4. Lot 125 1955 Fiat 8V Coupé €1,771,250
  5. Lot 137 1931 Bugatti Type 50 Roadster €1,411,250
  6. Lot 155 2016 Ferrari F12tdf €792,500
  7. Lot 132 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder €663,125
  8. Lot 161 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC €556,250
  9. Lot 120 2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake €511,250
  10. Lot 140 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring €477,500

The RM Sotheby’s Group continues its 2019 auction calendar in Auburn, Indiana, USA, 29 May-1 June, where more than 300 collector cars and hundreds of lots of memorabilia are on offer.

 

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Lot

Description

Chassis #

Estimate (€)

Result
incl. Buyer’s Premium

110

1957 Liuzzi Lido Runabout Sois Sage II

FLZCR941F957

40,000 ‐ 60,000

€24,000

111

1958 Cadillac Eldorado

58E017174

125,000 ‐ 160,000

€67,850

112

1980 Renault 5 Turbo 1

VF1822000B
0000564

100,000 ‐ 130,000

€86,250

113

1963 Citroën 2CV 4×4 'Sahara'

0663

 

€74,750

114

2018 Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione Artigianale 001

ZAR9600000M
090943

150,000 ‐ 200,000

€166,750

115

1965 ASA 1000 GT Coupé

00126

125,000 ‐ 175,000

€138,000

119

1959 Fiat ‐ Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble

100 556881

100,000 ‐ 120,000

€103,500

120

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake (99)

SCFNMCUZXKGJ
54490

650,000 ‐ 850,000

€511,250

121

1966 Lancia Flaminia (150)

826.232.002028

230,000 ‐ 280,000

€252,500

122

1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

SCFCV81Z0HTL
20053

300,000 ‐ 375,000

€331,250

123

1990 Ferrari 348 TB Zagato Elaborazione (10)

83560

180,000 ‐ 220,000

€218,500

124

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (65)

SCFEBBGF7CGS
31111

650,000 ‐ 700,000

Not Sold
High Bid €600,000

125

1955 Fiat 8V Coupé

106.000076

1,600,000 ‐ 1,800,000

€1,771,250

126

1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

10659

425,000 ‐ 475,000

Not Sold
High Bid €350,000

127

1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta

2102

3,000,000 ‐ 3,500,000

Not Sold
High Bid €2,780,000

132

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder

AM*101*1333

625,000 ‐ 700,000

€663,125

133

1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B Pescara Berlina

813897

300,000 ‐ 400,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €240,000
Post Sale
€263,750

134

1958 Riva Tritone Via"

62

350,000 ‐ 450,000

€330,000

135

1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante

DBVC/2335/L

1,300,000 ‐ 1,500,000

€1,805,000

136

1973 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior

AR*776142

225,000 ‐ 265,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €180,000

137

1931 Bugatti Type 50 Roadster

50123

1,400,000 ‐ 1,800,000

€1,411,250

138

2009 Mercedes ‐ Benz SLR McLaren (C199)

WDD1999761M
900066

1,850,000 ‐ 2,200,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €1,500,000

139

1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupé

915.697

650,000 ‐ 750,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €450,000

140

1957 Porsche 550A Spyder

550A-0121

3,400,000 ‐ 3,800,000

€3,380,000

141

1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster

83142

325,000 ‐ 375,000

€342,500

142

2015 McLaren P1

SBM12ABB6FW
000357

1,100,000 ‐ 1,300,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €1,000,000

143

1931 Aston Martin 1.5 ‐ Litre International 'LM5

LM5

1,000,000 ‐ 1,400,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €850,000

144

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Landaulet

655

400,000 ‐ 550,000

wdn

145

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale

AR*613295

250,000 ‐ 300,000

€178,250

146

1936 Delahaye 135 S Compétition Court

46810

1,000,000 ‐ 1,300,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €700,000

147

1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Roadster

S 832171

290,000 ‐ 340,000

€135,125

148

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial

0448MD

4,250,000 ‐ 4,750,000

€3,717,500

149

1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

01285

425,000 ‐ 475,000

Not Sold
High Bid  €320,000

150

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

9113601564

475,000 ‐ 525,000

€477,500

151

1933 Hispano ‐ Suiza T56 Bis Berline

34-16814

390,000 ‐ 450,000

Not Sold

152

1933 Horch 750 Offener Tourenwagen

750450

300,000 ‐ 400,000

€320,000

153

1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series II

3723GT

320,000 ‐ 400,000

€342,500

154

2000 Aston Martin Vantage / Le Mans

SCFDAM2S4XBL
70260

400,000 ‐ 450,000

Not Sold

155

2016 Ferrari F12tdf

214162

750,000 ‐ 850,000

€792,500

156

1955 Pegaso Z ‐ 102 Berlinetta Series II

0102-153 167

550,000 ‐ 700,000

Not Sold

157

1948 Delahaye 135 M Sport Coupé

800870

250,000 ‐ 350,000

€286,250

158

1963 Mercedes ‐ Benz 300 SL Roadster (W198)

198.042.10.
003135

1,400,000 ‐ 1,600,000

Not Sold

159

1970 Maserati Ghibli II

AM115/S 1179

500,000 ‐ 600,000

Not Sold

160

2006 Ferrari Superamerica

146053

280,000 ‐ 360,000

Not Sold

161

1966 Ferrari 330 GTC

8773

495,000 ‐ 600,000

€556,250

162

1962 Jaguar E ‐ Type

877481

190,000 ‐ 250,000

Not Sold

163

1959 Aston Martin DB4

DB4/192 L

450,000 ‐ 500,000

Not Sold

164

2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

WP0ZZZ99ZAS
794134

275,000 ‐ 290,000

€320,000

165

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé

1533GT

420,000 ‐ 540,000

€444,875

166

2008 Mercedes ‐ Benz SLR McLaren (C199)

WDD1994761M
001407

300,000 ‐ 350,000

Not Sold

167

1965 Shelby 427 Cobra

CSX 3110

700,000 ‐ 1,100,000

Not Sold

168

1930 Cadillac V ‐ 16 Roadster

700697

400,000 ‐ 500,000

Not Sold

169

1952 Lancia Aurelia B52

B52-1015

325,000 ‐ 375,000

Not Sold

170

1959 Maserati 3500 GTi

AM101 600

180,000 ‐ 220,000

€188,600

171

2004 Maserati Trofeo

04

180,000 ‐ 200,000

Not Sold