Skip to main content

RM Announces Early Highlights For Sale During the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este Weekend
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

RM Announces Early Highlights For Sale During the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este Weekend  • RM Auctions returns to Cernobbio on Lake Como, Italy, on the 25th of May, for its biennial sale during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

• Exclusive evening sale to a featured, elite, handpicked selection of approximately 40 blue-chip automobiles

• Early attractions include a superb 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe, a historically significant 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM 'Nuvolari' Spider, a delectable 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe, and a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer with royal connections

LONDON (1 February, 2013) – RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce a stunning series of early highlights for its eagerly awaited sale during the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend in Cernobbio, Italy, on the 25th of May.

Returning to the spectacular Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, the highly anticipated sale follows RM's magnificent debut during the Concorso weekend in 2011, which saw the auction generate more than €23 million in sales during two hours of furious bidding. As many as six lots garnered million-euro-plus results during the 2011 event, with two lots surpassing the €3 million mark. This year's auction is set to continue the momentum, lifting the gavel on an elite, handpicked selection of 40 of the world's finest automobiles. As established at the inaugural sale, and in keeping with the theme of the esteemed Concorso, entries will represent the ultimate in elegance, sophistication, rarity, and provenance.

RM Announces Early Highlights For Sale During the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este Weekend  

Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, says, 'It will be wonderful to be back at Lake Como and supporting the Concorso d'Eleganza with what promises to be a truly spectacular selection of cars. The Concorso prides itself on being the pinnacle of taste and exclusivity and that is obviously the same ethos underpinning how RM conducts this auction and the cars offered within it.'

RM has placed a strong emphasis on the world's most admired marques for its second Lake Como sale, with examples from Ferrari, Cisitalia, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce leading early consignments.

For discerning Ferrari collectors, a 1962 Ferrari 400 SWB Superamerica Coupe, chassis 3559SA—a model favoured by the company's wealthiest customers in period—headlines early entries from the Maranello marque. A well-known, matching-numbers example with Pininfarina coachwork, 3559SA is one of only 36 examples produced in 1962. Stunning in its original Blue Sera Italver paintwork, it features all the most desirable specifications, including covered headlamps and four-wheel disc brakes, and it benefits from extensive, recent exterior and mechanical upgrades and full Ferrari Classiche certification (Estimate: €1,900,000–€2,000,000).

Enthusiasts of post-war Italian sports cars with Mille Miglia provenance will appreciate the early consignment of a 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM 'Nuvolari' Spider with fantastic period race history. Chassis 002S MM is generally regarded as the factory prototype and boasts several unique details that set it apart from the other 25 cars originally produced. Extensively campaigned in period by Mr. Dusio, founder of Cisitalia, 002S MM went on to compete in the 1947 Mille Miglia as one of four factory entered cars, where it was driven to 4th overall by Minetti and Facetti. The legendary Tazio Nuvolari finished the same race in 2nd place overall in a sister car, and it is for this reason that the model is commonly referred to as the 'Nuvolari Spider' (Estimate: €450,000– €525,000).

Bugatti is surely one of the iconic marques of the pre-war era, and any Bugatti coming to market is worthy of particular note. RM's upcoming Lake Como sale will feature a simply fabulous 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe, frequently referred to as the 'companion' model to the legendary T41 Royale. Often described as one of the most elegant, imposing, and luxurious of all Bugattis, only 450 T46 examples were built between 1929 and 1933. Chassis 46208 is a matching-numbers car and features a stunning, faithful recreation of the 'Superprofile' coupe coachwork, famously designed by Jean Bugatti. The recipient of a well-documented restoration, this stunning yellow and black example won honors at the 2011 Sydney Concours (Estimate: €800,000–€1,000,000).

It's fitting that an auction taking place in such exclusive surroundings should also feature a beautiful example from one of the world's most exclusive car makers. The 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer is one of the most stately and refined cars of the pre-war period, with its silky-smooth 50 horsepower engine and four-speed gearbox. Secured for RM's upcoming Lake Como sale is chassis 820R, a handsome open tourer with coachwork by Barker, and it is one of the 1929 motor show cars. It was subsequently exported to Kenya, where it served as the official transport for the then Princess Elizabeth, during her state visit to the country in 1952. It was during this visit that she was to learn of the death of her father, King George VI, and of her accession to the throne of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. Striking in its unusual yellow bodywork, which contrasts with the green leather interior, most recently 820R was displayed at the Windsor Castle Concours of Elegance in the UK as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations (Estimate: €375,000–€450,000).

Limited consignment opportunities for RM's sale at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este are available. For further information, 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 honors at the world's top concours events, including four Best of Shows at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. For further information and 2013 auction dates, please visit rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

Photo captions:

Top – 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe (credit – Darin Schnabel © courtesy RM Auctions)

Second top - 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer (credit – Fluid Images © courtesy RM Auctions

   Recent Articles
From Russo With Love! Ferrari with 007 Pedigree to Cross the Block at Russo and Steele Monterey!

1970 Ferrari 365 2+2 with 007 Pedigree Set to Cross the Block at Russo and Steele's 16th Annual Monterey Collector Automobile Auction Event!
Scottsdale, Arizona (June 24th, 2016) – First shown at Paris in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 took place as the largest, most luxurious, and best-equipped Ferrari model to date. In addition to sleek Pininfarina-designed and built bodywork, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari equipped with standard power steering and brakes, and the company's first s....
140 CARS GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT COYS BLENHEIM PALACE AUCTION

◾Daimler DB18 Drophead used by Churchill for campaigns in 1944 and 1949 to be sold at Churchill's birthplace
◾Ex-John Bolster Mini, raced at Goodwood's Members Meeting in 1960
◾The Jaguar Legend collection, fifteen Ferraris and much more

COYS return to the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and one of England's greatest palaces, with a sensational line-up of over 140 motor cars being offered at auction on July 2nd.

In addition, Coys will host....
LORD MARCH OPENS 2016 FESTIVAL OF SPEED WITH BMW i8 RUN

This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed has kicked off in style, with Lord March completing the very first run of the weekend up the famous 1.16-mile hillclimb course in a BMW i8.

BMW is this year's Honoured Marque and is celebrating its centenary at the event, with displays showcasing its storied M Sport performance range, as well as looking forward to its next 100 years with a focus on its electric offerings in the i range of products.

The first run being completed in the futuristic, all-....
THUNDEROUS BMW CENTRAL FEATURE REVEAL CELEBRATES THE MANUFACTURER'S CENTENARY

Thunder and lightning made for a spectacular reveal of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed Central Feature this evening. BMW took centre stage as Honoured Marque at the world's most luxurious motoring event, celebrating 100 years of BMW.

BMW guests and media enjoyed a sumptuous dinner at Goodwood House, followed by speeches by Lord March and Dr Nicholas Peter around the turning circle, beneath sculptor Gerry Judah's glorious creation.

The magnificent floodlit sculpture swept up into a sky ....
THE LAMBORGHINI BLANCPAIN SUPER TROFEO EUROPE AT PAUL RICARD WITH 47 CARS ON GRID

◾The same record breaking grid of Round 1 at Monza
◾The first four crews of the PRO class are enclosed in just eight points
◾The third round of the one-make series will be held on the same weekend as the 1000-Km race of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup

Sant'Agata Bolognese, June 22, 2016
The Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet is preparing to host, this weekend, the third of the six double rounds of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe. After the first two rounds, the one-m....
BARONS AT RREC BURGHLEY

Barons is joining vast numbers of Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners this weekend at palatial Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire. The auction house is staging a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and prestige classic car and automobilia sale on Saturday, June 25th, at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club three-day international Annual Rally and Concours d'Elegance, which attracts thousands of cherished motor cars and their owners from all over the world.

The sale starts at 10am with over 200 items of automobi....
JD CLASSICS SPONSORS LE MANS CLASSIC 2016

◾JD Classics announces official sponsorship of Le Mans Classic 2016 – one of the most celebrated events on the historic racing calendar
◾The team will be entering six cars, including the ex-Fangio Jaguar C-Type, which is looking for its 25th award in just 28 races
◾Taking place from 8-10 July, the event features previous 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning cars from 1923 all the way to 1979

Maldon, Essex, Monday 20th June: JD Classics
– one of the world's leading classic car restoration and ....
2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Monster by Mulliner
2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Monster by Mulliner  2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Monster by Mulliner  2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Monster by Mulliner  
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium
2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium  
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition
2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition  
2016 Lexus GS 200t
2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  2016 Lexus GS 200t  
2016 Lexus LX 570
2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  2016 Lexus LX 570  
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  
2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS
2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  2015 BMW Concept M4 GTS  
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale
2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale  2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale  2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale  2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale  2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale  
2015 Ferrari F1 Concept
2015 Ferrari F1 Concept  2015 Ferrari F1 Concept