Ultimate Speed and Style: RM Sotheby’s Announces Early Highlights for its Exclusive Villa Erba Sale

LONDON, UK – March 24, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –

  • RM Sotheby’s returns to the shores of Lake Como, Italy for its boutique sale at Villa Erba during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, 27 May
  • Early highlights include the first-ever 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th Series and a jaw-dropping 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype
  • Carefully curated sale also features a distinctive green BMW Series I 507 Roadster and a delivery-mileage LaFerrari
  • Further event information and frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com

RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to return to the shores of Lake Como, Italy, for its highly anticipated Villa Erba sale, 27 May, during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend. Showcasing the very best in decadent, stylish and pure-bred automobiles, RM—the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este —has already confirmed a terrific series of stylish and speed-orientated motor cars for the boutique evening sale.

For those with a predilection for pre-war coachbuilt motor cars, early highlights include a trio of the most coveted of all the sporting 1930s Grand Tourers. From a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS 4th Series to a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype and the previously announced 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé, each are pioneers in the field when it comes to design and performance.

Fotohalle Unger © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Showcased at the world-famous Rétromobile show last month, the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi, affectionately known as the ‘Teardrop’, is considered by many as one of the most attractive, aerodynamically inspired automotive designs of all time. The example on offer, chassis no. 90110, is the second-ever car built with front fenders and has been restored to concours standards, making it a perfect fit to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend (Est. €3.200.000-€4.200.000).

Tim Scott © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s

The 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th Series, chassis no. 8513001, is the first 4th series car produced and one of only two sporting coachwork by Carrozzeria Sport S.A. Its first driver was Baron Horst Von Waldthausen, who campaigned it in the 1932 Swiss Car Championship, followed by Julio Villars who drove it in the European Hill Climb Championship. Extremely well-documented, 8513001 has been cherished by a limited chain of owners during its lifetime, including 48 years in single-ownership. It was sold to its current custodian in 2007 following a full restoration, and has since been lovingly stored in a climate-controlled garage. Like the Talbot-Lago, it is a fantastic fit with the elegant Villa Erba setting (Est. €2.200.000-€2.600.000).

Tim Scott © 2017 Courtesy RM Sotheby’s

Perhaps nothing epitomises the essence of performance and style more than the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype, chassis no. 57254. A fine example of the Bugatti marque, the featured T57 is one of just three Atalante prototypes, and was delivered new to the Bugatti Works driver Meo Costantini with a specially tuned engine. Elevating its rarity, it is one of few built by Carrosserie Bugatti, and even rarer still, one of comparatively few Atalantes retaining its matching numbers status. It comes to Villa Erba showing just 26,000 kilometres, believed to be the original mileage, and accompanied by its original tool kit (Est. €2.800.000-€3.200.000).

Robin Adams (c) 2017 courtesy RM Sotheby’s

In addition to the spectacular Thirties trio, additional early highlights for RM’s highly anticipated Villa Erba sale fittingly include a chic 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I, chassis no. 70044, presented in a striking in a shade of sea green with a red leather interior and contrasting factory hardtop; and a factory-fresh 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. One of just 251 production vehicles made and retaining its original engine, the BMW 507 has had just four owners from new, including single ownership for over 52 years, and boasts just 73,000 original kilometres; its character and patina show the result of decades of adoration and careful use (Est. €1.700.000-€1.900.000).

The LaFerrari, one of just 500 made worldwide, is finished in traditional Rosso Corso over black, and shows delivery mileage only with just 180 kilometres on the clock. It comes to market having been recently serviced and is fitted with the desirable nose lift kit, red brake calipers and anti-stone chipping film to keep it in pristine condition.  RM Sotheby’s is no stranger to selling LaFerraris at auction; in December last year (2016), the company sold a one-of-a-kind LaFerrari from Ferrari’s own collection for charity for a record $7,000,000. The example set for Villa Erba carries a pre-auction estimate of €2.650.00-€3.200.000.

The official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale will lift the gavel on a carefully curated roster of just 50 of the world’s finest automobiles, along with a superb selection of motorcycles. To discuss limited consignment opportunities, please call RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmsothebys.com for further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries.


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About RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With more than 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from private treaty sales and auctions to 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. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. For further information, visit www.rmsothebys.com.

About the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The world’s most exclusive and traditional heritage event for historic automobiles and motorcycles will be held once more on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, in 2017. The most beautiful classic vehicles will be presented at Cernobbio in Northern Italy from 26 to 28 May 2017 in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The motto “Around the World in 80 Days – Voyage through an Era of Records” will take the story of automobile production from the early years to the present day, and will even extend the trajectory into the future. This is because apart from award classes for the rarities from the past, the vehicle class for Concept Cars and Prototypes also presents a vision for the automobiles of the future.

Over many years, this classic weekend has enjoyed a unique position among beauty contests for classic automobiles and motorcycles thanks to the elegance of the event, the unforgettable atmosphere, and the small, exclusive field of participants.

Source: RM Sotheby’s