RM AUCTIONS TO SELL 1953 FERRARI 340/375 MM BERLINETTA ‘COMPETIZIONE’ #0320AM

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, has chosen the world-famous Retromobile exhibition in Paris to announce the consignment of one of the most important racing Ferraris of all time. The 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta ‘Competizione’, chassis 0320AM, will be offered for sale at RM’s exclusive auction during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend in Cernobbio, Italy, on the 25th May, and it is available for enthusiasts to preview at this week’s Retromobile show, kicking off today and continuing through until 10th February.

All racing Ferraris are special, but only very few boast of the kind of blue-chip provenance that chassis 0320AM achieved during its racing career. One of three works cars produced in 1953, 0320AM was driven in period by no less than three World Champion drivers: Alberto Ascari, Dr. Farina, and Mike Hawthorn. It was famously driven by Hawthorn and Nino Farina in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, but it was disqualified from a strong 2nd place for the rather minor misdemeanour of taking on brake fluid during the race. The car is presented for sale today in the same livery it sported during that historic race.

Aside from Le Mans, 0320AM was also driven in the Spa 24 Hours, in the hands of legends Alberto Ascari and Villoresi; the Pescara 12 Hours, where Hawthorn and Maglioli piloted it to overall victory; and at the Circuit of Guadeloupe, where Maglioli once again secured a victory. It also enjoyed an astonishing performance in the Carrera Panamericana, where, on the last stage, Maglioli famously averaged 138 mph for 223 miles, finishing 6th overall and establishing a public road stage record speed never broken anywhere in the world since!

After a period of long-term ownership in the U.S.A. within a well-known collection, the car passed into the ownership of British industrialist and world-famous collector Sir Anthony Bamford, before being purchased by its current owner in 2004. Presented in exceptional restored condition, 0320AM is ready to be shown or driven at all of the world’s leading collector car events.

Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions Europe, says, “Chassis number 0320AM presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for serious collectors to acquire one of the world’s most significant racing Ferraris. Genuine works Ferraris with a competition history such as this are very rare to the market, and we are truly delighted to be able to offer it at our most prestigious European sale.”

Enthusiasts interested in inspecting 0320AM at this week’s Retromobile show in Paris will find the RM exhibit in Hall 3, Stand D30, at the Porte de Versailles. In addition to previewing the forthcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este sale, RM car specialists will be on hand at Retromobile to offer collectors a resource for auction and restoration services. The estimate for 0320AM is available upon request to interested bidders.

For further information on RM’s sale at the celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please contact RM’s London Office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit rmauctions.com.

 

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honours at the world’s top concours events, including four Best of Shows at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For further information, please visit rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

 

**Photo caption: 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta ‘Competizione’, chassis 0320AM (credit: Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2013 courtesy RM Auctions)

Source: RM Auctions Press Release

RM ENJOYS STRONG RESULTS IN THE AUCTION ROOM AND ON THE SHOW FIELD AT AMELIA ISLAND

RM Auctions at Amelia Island Concours

Photo caption –  Top-seller: the one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe (credit: Darin Schnabel © 2012 courtesy RM Auctions)

RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, continued its strong track record in Northern Florida this weekend, generating more than $23 million in sales before a packed house at its well-established sale at the Ritz-Carlton. The 88 percent sell through rate saw 92 of the 106 pre- and post-war motor cars changing hands, with six automobiles achieving million-dollar-plus results and spirited bidding leading to the establishment of numerous new auction records.

Top honors went to a stunning 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe by The Hayes Body Corporation – a stunning, one-off design statement by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, widely recognized as the most significant L-29 in existence. An outstanding example of Classic Era styling, the ‘Hayes Coupe’ garnered strong attention from bidders in the room and on the phones, selling for an impressive $2,420,000 to applause from the crowd.

“This year’s Amelia Island weekend was once again a great success for the RM team with over $23 million in sales and more accolades for RM Auto Restoration. We’re very pleased with the results achieved both in the auction room and on the show field, as well as the strong global interest in the sale – bidders hailed from 16 countries around the world,” said Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions.

Myers added, “The Amelia sale wrapped up a fantastic two weeks in Florida for RM, including the recent Milhous Collection sale presented in association with Sotheby’s. Combined, the events generated more than $61 million in sales, illustrating the continued strength of the collectibles hobby. We look forward to building on the strong results at our next sale in Monaco in May.”

In addition to the sale-topping Cord L-29, also hotly contested at Saturday’s auction was a highly desirable and extremely rare 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible, one of the seven original Vantage-powered DB5 Convertibles produced. Spurring a lively bidding war, the DB5 realized an impressive $1,210,000, smashing the previous record for a DB5 Convertible sold at auction. A freshly restored1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster also entered the history books, selling for $990,000 – a world record price for a 300SL Roadster sold at auction.

Continuing RM’s strong track record for Ferrari sales at Amelia, examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse also performed well. Headlining the group of nine examples on offer was the exceptional, ex-Agnelli Family 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, one of just four built, selling for $1,430,000, while a distinctively sporty 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS “Chairs and Flares” achieved a record-setting $363,000. Additional notable Ferrari sales included a superb 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder for $1,210,000 and a rare, unique covered headlight 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet for $770,000.

RM Amelia Island Million-Dollar-Plus Sales:

Lot 132 – 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe                                    $2,420,000

Lot 141 – 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale                            $1,430,000

Lot 152 – 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible                $1,210,000

Lot 173 – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder                      $1,210,000

Lot 183 – 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta                                 $1,100,000

Lot 178 – 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe                    $1,017,500


Beyond the automobiles and a select series of collectible motorcycles featured in the RM catalogue, the Amelia sale also lifted the gavel on one of only three known complete Lalique Mascot Collections, headlined by the rarest Lalique of all, Le Renard (The Fox), for $805,000. The offering was rounded out by a Ferrari 250 GTO Bronze Sculpture which sold for $23,000 and an Ultimate Bugatti Ride & Drive Experience, presented by the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Bugatti Automobiles of The Americas, for $10,350, both benefitting the Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville. Also supporting a wonderful cause, a 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider which achieved $60,500 with proceeds going to The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc – a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing crashes, death and disability on US roads.

RM’s strong sales results were complemented by success on the show field at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday with a number of award-winning entries having passed through RM Auto Restoration’s doors, cementing the company’s reputation as the world’s premier restoration facility for vintage automobiles. Among those receiving accolades were the majestic 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster, owned by Judge Joseph Cassini III and Margie Cassini of West Orange, New Jersey which was judged ‘Best in Class’; and the elegant 1938 Jaguar SS Graber Coupe, owned by Frank and Milli Ricciardelli of Monmount Beach, New Jersey, which received a Special Amelia Award.

RM continues its 2012 auction calendar, May 11 – 12 with the return of its biennial Monaco sale at the Grimaldi Forum. Held during the same weekend as the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco, the two-day sale will lift the gavel on an elite, handpicked selection of blue-chip automobiles, joined by the acclaimed Saltarelli Collection, one of the world’s most significant private Ducati Collections.

RM returns to North America, June 8 – 9 with the presentation of the Dingman Collection 2012, a continuation of the company’s highly successful 2006 Dingman sale of Ford motor cars and rare, desirable automotive signs. In the meantime, the excitement continues in Florida this week as RM’s subsidiary company, Auctions America by RM, presents the 10th annual Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale sale, March 16 – 18 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.

Further information on upcoming events, along with full results on RM’s Amelia Island are available online at www.rmauctions.com. For further information on Auctions America by RM’s Fort Lauderdale sale visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

Source: Text-RM Auctions Press Release, Photo Gallery-LuxuryAutoDirect

1991 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta Offered for Sale by RM Auctions Arizona

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To be auctioned on Friday, January 20, 2012 Estimated value $650,000- $750,000 
471 bhp (SAE), 2,936 cc mid-mounted V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, four valves per cylinder, Weber-Marelli engine management and port fuel injection, twin IHI turbochargers, Behr air-to-air intercoolers, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96.5″

• Less than 300 miles from new and well documented; still on original MSO
• Three owners from new, originally owned by Lee Iacocca
• An enduring supercar icon, the last Ferrari under Il Commendatore

Introduced in 1987, Ferrari’s F40 supercar was nothing less than a shock to the senses and a masterful combination of raw-edge, radical styling with state-of-the-art technologies used throughout its engine, body and chassis designs. Without question, driving an F40 is truly a visceral experience, hammering the senses with brutal acceleration, go-kart quick reflexes and a howling exhaust note that is music to the ears of the devoted enthusiast. The overall experience is addictive—a powerful narcotic even.

Conceived in 1986, the F40 project was intended to celebrate Ferrari’s landmark 40th anniversary. Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari, is reported to have said, “Let’s make something special for next year’s celebrations in the way we used to do it.” A friend of Ferrari, Gino Rancati, who received a silver plaque to commemorate the occasion, suggested the car’s name. It was inscribed, “To Gino Rancati for a brilliant idea.” An accompanying letter said:

Dear Rancati, with this plaque I want to commemorate our meeting on the 4th June when you kindly contributed to the choice of name for the GT car we presented at the Frankfurt motor show. Your contribution has produced excellent results—the ‘F forty’, based on the idea of forty years of Ferrari cars, identifies and personalizes the fastest Ferrari GT. Kindest regards. G.B. Razelli.

Poignantly, next to this, in slightly shaky script with violet ink, was, “To Signor Gino, Ferrari.” Sadly, the F40 was to be the last car that Enzo Ferrari would see launched by the company he founded.

In true Ferrari tradition, the F40 bridged the gap between the company’s road cars and racing cars, representing a further progression of the 288 GTO Evoluzione. Cost-no-object engineering produced technical specifications that remain the stuff of fantasy even by today’s jaded standards. A carbon-fiber and Kevlar-reinforced steel space frame chassis with composite body panels was mated to an Evoluzione twin-turbocharged and intercooled four-cam, port-injected V-8 engine, controlled by a race-proven Weber-Marelli engine management system and producing close to 500 bhp.

Weighing just 1,100 kilograms, the F40 was capable of blinding performance. Fast Lane magazine road tested the F40 in the late 1980s, achieving zero-to-60 times of just 3.9 seconds. From a standstill, Ferrari’s supercar accelerated to 100 mph in just 7.8 seconds and to 140 mph in 14 seconds! Independent testing revealed even quicker acceleration times. Regardless of the source, the F40 proved to be the fastest road car ever produced, and its performance abilities remain simply staggering in every respect today.

While the initial production run was limited to about 400 examples, the market demand was so overwhelming, even with the car’s stratospheric price tag, that production continued until 1,315 F40s were built by the time production ended in 1991. American Ferrari enthusiasts, however, had to wait until 1990 for the chance to own one. With such strong demand, U.S.-specification cars traded at premiums of many thousands of dollars above their list price in the heady “supercar” market of the time. Over a three-year period, only 213 examples of the F40 were built for the U.S. market.

While every F40 is “special” indeed, this example from 1991 has covered fewer than 300 miles from new, and it is still unregistered and listed on its Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO). As the 94th of the 213 U.S.-specification F40s, it was produced during October 1990. With just three owners from new, its original owner was none other than the famed American automotive executive and business leader Lee Iacocca. Having recently received a major service by Patrick Ottis, the noted Ferrari marque specialist, the F40 is now offered from the current owner’s impressive private collection and complete with extensive documentation confirming the former ownership of Mr. Iacocca. Among the documents are such items as the Ferrari Certificate of Origin dated October 12, 1990, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency letter, Italian export paperwork, an engraved “Built Especially for Lee Iacocca” card, the Owner’s Warranty and Service Book, the warranty card and one piece of personal correspondence. A genuine “blue chip” investment-quality exotic automobile, this 1991 F40 will certainly continue to top the Ferrari collector’s wish list for many years to come.

Source: RM Auctions

RARE FERRARIS LEAD THE WAY AT RM’S 2012 SEASON OPENER IN ARIZONA

November 17, 2011 by  
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An impressive roster of Ferraris, spanning from a one-of-a-kind 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica to a virtually-new 1991 Ferrari F40 have been announced among the feature attractions for RM Auctions’ upcoming Arizona sale in January.

 

Returning to the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on January 19 – 20, 2012, the well-established RM sale will lift the gavel on a handpicked selection of approximately 150 of the world’s finest motor cars. From historic sports and racing cars to American and European classics and Detroit muscle, the offering spans the full spectrum of the collector car market, catering to a broad range of automotive tastes.

 

“Following another vibrant year in 2011, we’re thrilled to return to Arizona in January and kick off what is shaping up to be another exciting auction season,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. “Ferrari is truly one of the world’s leading automotive marques and remains the perennial leaders of the pack when it comes to achieving great prices at auction. We’re excited to present yet another superb offering at our January sale as we continue to build upon our strong track record at the Biltmore.”

 

Leading the charge for the RM Arizona sale is a unique 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica, s/n 0671 SA (pictured). Ferrari’s coveted Superamerica was regarded as one of the most elite Enzo-era road cars, reserved for its most discerning clientele and offering the ultimate combination of high-performance and bespoke design. The example on offer, one of just six Series II cars, was built specifically for longtime Ferrari patron, Dottore Enrico Wax, the principal in the Genoa firm Wax & Vitale, best known as importers of Johnny Walker Scotch and Connolly leather. Stunning in its design—0671 SA features a brushed stainless steel roof and fins, polished and vented rocker panels and side grille, and open headlights—it holds a special place in history as the first new Ferrari road car to be bodied by Scaglietti and the only 410 Superamerica ever bodied by the firm (Est. $1,750,000 – $2,250,000).

 

Also expected to garner considerable attention at RM’s January sale is the 1991 Ferrari F40. Widely-regarded as one of the greatest supercars ever built by Ferrari, the F40 bridged the gap between a road car and a racing car, combining aggressive looks with unmatched performance. Presented in virtually new condition with less than 300 miles, the example on offer was ordered new by famed auto executive Lee Iacocca, noted for revamping the American automotive industry (Est. $650,000 – $750,000).

 

Other important examples on offer from the celebrated Italian marque include a rare 1952 Ferrari 342 America Pinin Farina Coupé, s/n 0246 AL, the fifth of a total of only six examples built and the example displayed at the 1953 Geneva Motor Show (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000); a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, s/n 16705, offered for the first time in 23 years (Est. $900,000 – $1,100,000); and a genuine matching-numbers 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Berlinetta, s/n 0861, fully restored and one of only 15 known to remain in original condition (Est. $450,000 – $550,000).

 

Beyond the Ferraris, additional notable entries for RM’s January sale at the Biltmore include:

  • a freshly-restored, sporting 1957 BMW 507 Roadster (Est. $900,000 – $1,200,000);
  • a majestic 1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton, J487/2336, the only long wheelbase LeBaron sweep panel phaeton ever built (Est. $900,000 – $1,200,000);
  • a low-mileage 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, CSX 3228, showing less than 11,000 miles (Est. $750,000 – $850,000);
  • a multiple award-winning 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria, just three owners from new including single-family ownership for 70 years (Est. $475,000 – $600,000);
  • an elegant 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Landaulet by Barker (Est. $500,000 – $700,000); and
  • a beautifully-restored, well-documented 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, the fifth example off the production line and sold new to the DuPont family (Est. $450,000 – $650,000).

 

Full event details and a frequently updated list of entries for the Arizona sale are available online at www.rmauctions.com.

 

The Arizona Biltmore auction kicks off a superb 2012 global events calendar for RM Auctions, including the presentation of the renowned Milhous Collection, February 24 – 25 in Boca Raton, Florida. Presented in association with Sotheby’s and held the same weekend as the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, the multi-day sale will lift the gavel on an unprecedented selection of automobiles, mechanical musical instruments and collectibles. Other early 2012 RM auction highlights include a return to Amelia Island, Florida on March 10 for the annual sale held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, as well as the biennial auction at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, May 10 – 12, coinciding with the 8th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.

Source: RM Auctions Press Release

**Photo caption – 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica (credit – Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

STUNNING FERRARI 250 GT LWB ‘TOUR DE FRANCE’ BERLINETTA TOPS RM’S LONDON AUCTION

October 28, 2011 by  
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RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, concluded its 2011 sales calendar on a high note in London on Wednesday (26th October), posting over £13.3 million* ($21,413,000) in total sales with a solid 79% of all lots sold.

Attracting an international clientele – bidders represented 22 countries from around the world – the single-day auction catered to collectors of both automobiles and motorcycles, presenting an exceptional roster of some 100 motor cars and 25 classic two-wheelers.

The star performer at this year’s sale was a rare, matching-numbers 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France Berlinetta, chassis number 1039 GT (pictured), one of the most desirable competition-bred Ferraris in existence. Glistening under the auction lights, the beautiful red and white 250 GT LWB Tour de France garnered spirited bidding in the room and on the phones, achieving an outstanding final sales price of £2,240,000 ($3,606,400).

“The London sale is always a highlight of our auction calendar, and as ever, this year’s event has brought our 2011 auction season to a spectacular close,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

“Battersea always attracts a large international audience and the sale consistently brings together a fantastic collection of very desirable cars. The addition of 25 beautiful motorcycles to this year’s event brought a valuable new element to the auction, further enhancing RM’s reputation in the collectible motorcycle market,” Girardo adds.

Additional top-sellers included: a beautifully-presented, matching-numbers 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, one of only eight right-hand-drive examples for £644,000; a competition 1972 Autodelta Alfa Romeo 33/TT/3, a very rare car with Le Mans and Targo Florio history, for £588,000; and, a timeless, sporting 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Cimier Coupé for £380,800.

A further highlight was the sale of a bespoke 2008 Force India Formula One Racing Car. Hand painted by motorsport artist, Dexter Brown, and signed by over 40 Formula One racing drivers and other dignitaries, the unique ‘Art Car’ gave a new meaning to ‘rolling work of art’, realizing a final sales price of £168,000. Proceeds from its sale, including RM’s auction commissions, will benefit the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, which provides world-class care for its young patients, and the newly-established Force India Formula One Team Academy, an initiative aimed at providing youth in Indian the chance to get involved in motorsport.

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RM London Top Five Motor Car Sales:

1.      Lot 293 – 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB ‘Tour De France’ Berlinetta – £2,240,000

2.      Lot 226 – 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast – £644,000

3.      Lot 280 – 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/TT/3 – £588,000

4.      Lot 283 – 1954 Mercedes 300SL Coupé – £560,000

5.      Lot 214 – 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta – £487,200

Beyond the automobiles, the sale also featured a significant series of 25 classic motorcycles from the noted ‘La Collezione due Ruote’ (pictured). Generating over £247,455 in total sales, the collection was headlined by an excellent 1973 MV Agusta F4 1000 which achieved £49,140.

RM Auctions will kick off its 2012 auction calendar with speed, style and grace in Phoenix, Arizona, 19th -20th January, 2012. From important sports and racing cars through to the best of American and European classics and Detroit muscle, the offering will present over 150 automobiles spanning the full spectrum of the collector car market.

RM’s 2012 European event calendar will get underway 10th – 12th May, with a return to the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Held during the famed Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the highly-anticipated Monaco sale will be extended to two days, featuring an entire day’s sale devoted to the acclaimed Saltarelli Ducati Collection, one of the world’s most significant private Ducati collections. The motorcycles will be followed by the presentation of an elite group of 80 handpicked automobiles.

Official results from RM Auctions’ London auction will be posted online at www.rmauctions.com.

RM’s subsidiary company, Auctions America by RM, will wrap up its 2011 auction calendar next week (3 – 5 November, 2011) with the presentation of ‘The Lee Roy Hartung Collection’, a multi-day, single-vendor sale in Glenview, Illinois, USA. Regarded as one of the world’s most eclectic automobile and memorabilia collections, the Hartung collection sale will present some 2,000 lots all ‘without reserve’, including a 1950 Edwards R-26 Roadster, believed to be the 1950 inaugural Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning example, and an unique 1950 BMW Veritas. For further information visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds four of the top five all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top concours events, including an unmatched four wins at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the past 10 years. For further information, visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

*All prices are listed in GBP and inclusive of 12% buyer’s premium for cars and 17% for motorcycles. Exchange rate used: 1 GBP = 1.61 USD

Source: RM Auction Press Release

Preview The Official Auction of Pebble Beach

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If you’re in the market for a collector car, there will be no lack of options this weekend at the Monterey Peninsula as proceedings get under way for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Concorso Italiano, and a host of related events.  What began 59 years ago as one relatively modest exhibition of fine collector cars has burgeoned into an entire week of related events, races and auctions that has come to be a mainstay for every major collector car auction house.  While Bonhams proudly accompanies the ever-more-exclusive Quail Motorsports Gathering, RM Auctions maintains its reputation for volume and quality, and Russo and Steele continue to lead the muscle car bracket, one auctioneer has distinguished itself from the crowd with a growing reputation for the finest overall selection and its enviable affiliation with the Pebble Beach Concours as the official auction of Pebble Beach:  Gooding & Company.

 David Gooding’s event, a two night affair which is held a mere 200 yards from the 18th hole fairway that hosts the Concours, will feature a stunning array of rare and desirable collector cars that range from prewar brass and classics to postwar vintage sports cars.  Particular attention has been paid to two cars that are expected to easily surpass the million dollar mark: a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe with one-off coachwork that was purportedly used as a personal car by Ettore Bugatti, and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Roadster with a body that is regarded by many to be the finest coachbuilt Duesenberg ever produced by Pasadena-based Bohman & Schwartz.

 Sports car aficionados will be much more taken with the great selection of 1950s and 60s coupes and convertibles, including a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider, a 1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe, a 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS, and a 1958 BMW 507 Series II.  Italian sports car lovers should enjoy the offering of a 1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 that was featured in the model’s original sales brochure as well as two Ferrari California Spiders and four different Maseratis.  Two legendary Italian-bodied Corvettes will also cross the block, the one-off 1963 Pininfarina Rondine, and a 1959 Corvette Coupe with coachwork by Scaglietti, the first of three ever produced.

 For more info see www.goodingco.com

Photos courtesy of Gooding & Company