Millions of dollars worth of cars will cross the auction block in late May.
The RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction will take place on May 27, 2017, held in partnership with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. As you can expect, there will be plenty of luxury and exotics being auctioned, as well as rare classic cars that would be difficult to find anywhere else in the world.
Here’s AutoGuide.com‘s top 10 picks of cars crossing the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction block.
10. 2004 Ferrari Enzo
To this day, there’s very few modern cars as coveted as the Ferrari Enzo. This particular unit crossing the auction block features 8,388 miles (13,500 kilometers) on the odometer and was first delivered to Switzerland on April 15, 2004. What makes it special however is that all the side, front and diffuser trim has been finished in matching Rosso Scuderia, while the interior leather was also trimmed in matching red.
After leaving Switzerland, the Enzo was imported to Japan before being purchased by its current owner and reimported to France. It was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2016 and was fully serviced last year by Motor Service S.r.l., the official Ferrari distributors in Modena.
9. 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV by Bertone
At first glance, this Lamborghini Countach may not appear special, but it’s actually just one of two ever built with gold interior trim. The white exterior matches the white interior, that has been contrasted with gold-plated pieces, including the steering column, gated gear shifter and gate, instrument cluster, truck and engine handles, door sills and even the exterior badging and exhaust tips.
The car was originally delivered to the U.S. where it resided a number of years before being imported to Japan. It was eventually acquired by its current Dutch owner and sent to Lamborghini Polo Storico for an engine-out restoration. It’s the first Countach to be restored by Lamborghini Polo Storico and according to its owner, the car runs and drives well.
8. 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
As one of only 15 left-hand-drive examples in the world, this 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato is even more unique with the classic Zagato “double bubble” roof. There’s just over 2,485 miles (4,000 km) on the odometer and the 432-horsepower V580X Vantage engine is paired to a ZF five-speed gearbox.
This particular example was originally delivered new to the Gulf for a Middle Eastern sheikh and was involved in an accident during the mid-1990s. As a result, it was sent back to Aston Martin Lagonda with instructions to rebuild the vehicle with no expenses spared.
7. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
What’s better than the Ferrari Enzo? Well, some would say the Ferrari LaFerrari. This 2014 model year unit is crossing the auction block with just 124 miles (200 km) on the odometer and is being presented in “factory-fresh” condition. Finished in traditional Rosso Corsa, the exterior is contrasted by a black roof and black wing mirrors, while the black interior features red highlights and black four-point harnesses. It was first purchased from Cesarmeccanica, the official Ferrari dealership in Salerno in 2015, and was recently serviced by Kroymans Ferrari of the Netherlands.
6. 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I
This exceptionally rare 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I is one of only 252 examples ever produced. It’s highly original with the original interior and engine and was first purchased by Herbert Dinkheller in Frankfurt. The second owner acquired it in April 1958 before heading off to its third owner, Hermann Beilharz of Mötzingen. Beilharz kept the car for 51 years before it was acquired by its current owner in 2014. There’s 45,360 miles (73,000 km) on the vehicle.
5. 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder
With only 918 units produced, the Porsche 918 Spyder is rare enough as it is. But now there’s a chance to own the only one ever painted in Porsche’s historic Arrow Blue. This example was delivered new to its current owner in the U.K. and features a black Alcantara interior and Acid Green highlights on the outside. There’s less than 6,835 miles (11,000 km) on the odometer and recently received a full, scheduled service by Porsche Great Britain and has been unused since the service was carried out.
4. 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
RM Sotheby’s says some consider the Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon the most desirable post-war Bentley ever built, combining splendid performance with stately, yet elegant design and advanced aerodynamics. The RREC records note the car was first shown at the Geneva Salon in March of 1953 before it was formally delivered to Louis Schneiter Esquire in Switzerland.
It remained in Europe until 1960, when it was acquired by Lamont Haggarty and exported to the U.S. It later went to Anthony “Bud” Korteweg of New Jersey, founder of the well-regarded Rolls-Royce and Bentley restoration facility The Coachworks. It was there the Bentley was fully restored before acquired by its current owner in 2014 in the U.K. In the fall of 2015, the owner had it fully serviced by the Bentley experts at The Chelsea Workshop in London.
3. 2016 Street-Legal McLaren P1 GTR
The McLaren P1 GTR is rare enough as it is, with only 58 units ever built. But this one has been converted to be street legal and is one of 27 ever to be converted. It’s only had one owner who has registered about 224 miles (360 km) on the odometer.
The conversion was done by Lanzante and it has only participated in one track event with minimal road use otherwise. This also means it’s the first auction where the “Holy Trinity” of hypercars are being offered, with the P1 GTR joined by the LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
2. 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti
Classic Bugattis are rare and this 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti is one of approximately 34 built on the Type 57 chassis. It is the third Atalante built and was originally owned by two-time Targa Florio winner and factory director Meo Costantini. There’s 15,989 miles (25,733 km) on the odometer but has only accrued 435 miles (700 km) over the last 60 years.
1. 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goutte d’Eau” Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi
If you really want to own a piece of history, this 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goutte d’Eau” Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi is one of the most desirable coachbuilt sporting automobiles of its era. It is just one of two examples with fully enclosed front fenders, with the car originally leaving Talbot on November 25, 1937. The car went hidden during the war years but resurfaced on June 25, 1946 when it was registered in the books of the famous coachbuilder Hermann Graber in Switzerland.
The owner at the time, Mr H. Frey from Wengen, commissioned a new convertible body for the chassis. Mr Frey enjoyed the car for the next 20 years before it was acquired by Mr G. Frey of Zürich on April 4, 1966. The car stayed in his possession for 21 years before it was sold to its current owner on January 29, 1987.
In 2000, the owner wanted to bring the car back to its first Figoni et Falaschi configuration and commissioned Auto Classique Touraine in France to do the work. After close to three years, the project was completed and is offered as you see it here.
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