World's Finest Automobiles Poised for RM's Debut Sale at the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa d'Este


1955 Ferrari 375 MM PF Speciale s/n  0490AM

1955 Ferrari 375 MM PF Speciale s/n 0490AM

Ferrari 250 MM PF Berlinetta s/n 352MM restamped 0239EU

Ferrari 250 MM PF Berlinetta s/n 352MM restamped 0239EU

 

Cernobbio, 11 March, 2011

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, has announced an outstanding series of new entries for its debut sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, to be held 21st May on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.

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Continuing the sale’s focus on motor cars of exceptional quality and provenance, recent consignments include a rare and extremely desirable 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta, chassis number 0352 MM / 0239 EU, and an ultra rare 1965 Ford GT Works Prototype Roadster, chassis number GT/111, one of just five prototype roadsters built. Carefully hand-selected from around the world by RM’s expert team of car specialists, these latest entries join the previously announced 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta and 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupé as part of an elite group of just 30 automobiles to be offered during the exclusive evening sale.

“In keeping with the theme of the celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, our upcoming sale in Cernobbio is set to showcase the ‘best of the very best’. Consignments represent a wonderful series of best of category cars from their respective genres - the epitome of motoring luxury, style and performance,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

“With an average value per car approaching €1.000.000, the offering represents one of the most superb collections of automobiles assembled for auction in recent years,” adds Girardo.

Building on RM’s reputation as the global leader in the presentation of important and historic Ferraris at auction, the addition of a rare and coveted 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta, chassis number 0352 MM / 0239 EU, to the May sale is expected to garner strong interest among serious Ferraristi. One of just 32 built and one of only 17 examples bodied by Pinin Farina, this coveted competition coupé was delivered new to Mexican collector, Efrain Ruiz Echeverria. A well-known privateer racer, Echeverria immediately entered the car in the gruelling 1953 Carrera Panamericana, recording a strong top 10 finish. The result was considered an outstanding achievement by a private owner, as the first six cars were factory-entered Ferraris and Lancias. Today, wonderfully presented and benefiting from a well-known history, which includes a string of prominent Mexican collectors, this example has been displayed at a number of the world’s leading events, including the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition, it returned to competition at the 2004 Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca, California, driven by experienced vintage racer, Pablo Gonzalez. (Est. €2.600.000 - €3.200.000).

“We are truly honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of this historically important 250 MM at our debut sale in Cernobbio,” adds Girardo. “Combining great performance, a wonderful racing pedigree and fabulous livery, it is truly one of the best 250 MMs available.”

The 1965 Ford GT Works Prototype Roadster, chassis number GT/111, is also expected to attract significant interest. 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, GT/111 was first tested at the 1965 Le Mans trials, driven by Sir John Whitmore, prior to it being selected as a Works entrant in the Targa Florio. Painted in Linden Green and with Sir John Whitmore joined by American driver Bob Bondurant behind the wheel, the car ran as high as third place in the endurance road race before accident damage sidelined the car. After the race, a decision was made to strip the chassis and discard it, after which its whereabouts remained largely unknown for the next forty years. The chassis was rediscovered in 2006, its authenticity confirmed by the world’s leading authorities on GT40s, and following a painstaking restoration GT/111 reappeared on the race circuit in 2007 at the Goodwood Revival. It has since gone on to race very competitively at some of Europe’s most prestigious events. (Est. €2.400.000 - €2.900.000)

The Ford GT represents one of the world’s most iconic sports car designs,” notes Girardo. “Joining power with beauty, it is the perfect fit for our debut sale at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. As one of just four surviving examples and one of only three to have been raced by the Works, it presents an extraordinarily rare ownership opportunity for discerning collectors, deserving of close inspection.”

Other notable entries for the 21 May auction include:

-       an extraordinary, supercharged 1937 Bugatti Type 57 SC, one of only 17 Atalante Coupés built (Est. €3.250.000 - €4.250.000)

-       a beautifully-restored, multi-award winning 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet  A (Est. €1.250.000 - €1.800.000) 

-       an exquisite pair of pre-war Figoni et Falaschi Delahayes, including a 1938 135 MS Coupé (Est. €950.000 - €1.170.000) and a 1939 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster (Est. €880.000 – €1.025.000)

-       a matching-numbers 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, s/n 09495 (Est. €800.000 - €900.000) 

-       a rare, unrestored 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider by Bertone, one of just three competition spyders built and the only Bertone-bodied Aston with racing history (Est. €725.000 - €825.000)  

-       a one-off 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Coupé, the last R-Type Continental built and the last car personally designed by Marius Franay (Est. €590.000 - €750.000); and 

-       a restored, well-documented 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ 1, 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 (Est. €475.000 – €575.000).


RM Auctions Villa d'Este Auction Schedule

May 21, 2011
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM CET
(viewing starts at 10:00 AM CET)

PREVIEW
May 20, 2011
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM CET

May 21, 2011
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM CET

GALA RECEPTION
May 21, 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CET

 

 

Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate in €

Result in €

101

1966 Ferrari 330 GTC

09111

175.000-225.000
NR

175.000

102

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Zagato 'Coda Tronca'

AR10126*
00184

260.000-300.000

255.000
NS

103

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

5191GT

375.000-425.000

450.000

104

1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Riviera Town Brougham

S390LR

490.000-700.000

450.000

105

1938 Cadillac Sixteen Town Car

5270310

100.000-170.000

120.000

106

1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Coupé

BC.9.LE.

590.000-750.000

475.000
NS

107

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupé

57551

3.250.000-4.250.000

2.100.000
NS

108

1978 Lancia Sibilo

S 12201

60.000-
100.000
NR

85.000

109

1980 Lamborghini Athon

S155/01

150.000-220.000
NR

310.000

110

1974 Lamborghini Bravo

NS46 01

150.000-220.000
NR

525.000

111

1963 Chevrolet Testudo

20927W
207657

500.000-800.000

300.000

112

1967 Lamborghini Marzal

10001

1.000.000-1.800.000

1.350.000

113

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

C/1160

1.000.000-1.800.000

680.000

114

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta

0352MM /
 0239EU

2.500.000-3.000.000

2.150.000
NS

115

1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille

13506

560.000-700.000

475.000

116

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

154081

1.250.000-1.800.000

1.150.000
NS

117

1965 Ford GT40 Works Prototype Roadster

GT/111

2.400.000-2.900.000

2.100.000
NS

118

1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster

60158

800.000-980.000

700.000

119

1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupé

60112

900.000-1.100.000

830.000
NS

120

1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta

0490AM

3.200.000-4.200.000

3.000.000

121

1931 Minerva 8 AL Convertible Sedan

80105

630.000-840.000

470.000

122

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder

1307GT

1.600.000-2.000.000

2.250.000

123

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider

LML/507

700.000-910.000

600.000

124

1968 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada

1A 30314

380.000-480.000

350.000
NS

125

1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Berline

700979

280.000-350.000

275.000
NS

126

1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Coupé

750006

475.000-575.000

560.000

127

1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé

90112

3.100.000-3.800.000

2.800.000

128

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine

2BD

520.000-700.000

440.000
NS

129

1957 BMW 507

70048

520.000-580.000

650.000

130

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta

09495

725.000-825.000

675.000
NS

131

1938 Jaguar SS Coupé

30182

300.000-400.000

210.000
NS

132

1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider

0670MDTR

2.600.000-3.300.000

2.500.000