Combining striking coachwork with performance, the 250 Europa on offer at RM's Monterey sale is the fourth of only 21 units constructed. Delivered new to Italian industrialist Giovanni Latino, friend of coachbuilder Pinin Farina, the stunning coupe was immediately thrust into the public spotlight, shown at two period Italian concours events within its first year, the Concorso Satorie Romana in Rome and the XI Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on the shores of Lake Como. After stints in both Italy and the United States, the Europa was eventually purchased by its current owner in 2006. Following a six-year, concours-level restoration by marque specialists, it made a triumphant return to the show field in July 2013, embarking on a second tour of Europe's most prestigious concours events. The tour recently culminated back at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este—a venue at which the stunning automobile was shown 50 years earlier—where it was judged First in Class, a true testament to its exclusivity and the incredible quality of its restoration (Estimate: $1,900,000–$2,400,000). 1963 Ferrari 400 SA LWB Coupe Aerodinamico Series II with Coachwork by Pininfarina Like the 250 Europa, this 400 Superamerica comes to auction in impeccable condition following a precision restoration. The sixth of 18 Series II long-wheelbase examples and the third of just four open-headlight Series II Aerodinamico Coupes, it was completed in April 1963 and imported into the United States in the late 1960s. Over the years, this rare matching-numbers 400 SA has passed through the hands of a group of well-respected collectors, one of whom owned this car for three decades. Freshly restored by marque specialists at Motion Products Inc., it is presented in breathtaking overall condition and has been certified by Ferrari Classiche, validating it as a factory-authenticated, matching-numbers example. It is accompanied for sale by proper manuals, a correct toolkit and jack, and extensive service documentation. The quintessential Maranello road car, it presents a terrific opportunity to experience the marque's pinnacle of luxury (Estimate: $2,500,000–$3,000,000). In addition to a superb roster of automobiles wearing the Cavallino Rampante, RM's Monterey sale will also mark Maserati's centennial —a theme that will be celebrated at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance—by shining the spotlight on no less than four vehicles from the luxury Italian marque. Leading the charge is a 1963 Maserati 5000 GT by Frua, one of only two produced of this design, and restored for noted collector John Bookout. Considered the most glamorous body style on Maserati's most exclusive model, it was one of the most expensive production cars in the world at the time. It is expected to command between $2,200,000 and $2,900,000 at the upcoming August sale.
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa with Coachwork by Pinin Farina
· a striking 1959 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Prototype by Vignale, one of just three Vignale Spyder prototypes, presented in Navy with a Red interior and featuring particularly attractive and elaborate detailing (Estimate: $1,100,000–$1,500,000); · a fresh, well-sorted 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Spyder by Vignale, presented in its original shade of Argento Luna, with dark blue leather interior, and featuring a five-speed transmission and Borrani wire wheels (Estimate: $750,000–$1,000,000); and · a beautifully restored 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Coupe Speciale by Frua, one of only two 3500 GT chassis bodied to variations of the Frua 5000 GT design and the only true 'junior' 5000 GT known to survive. The car has been carefully restored by a marque expert following years of careful research and attention by devoted connoisseurs, and is ready to return to both the show field and the road (Estimate: $525,000–$725,000). A tradition spanning more than 25 years, RM's flagship Monterey sale, held during the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend, returns to the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, California, from August 15 to 16. In 2013, RM's Monterey auction generated an extraordinary $125 million in sales, entering the history books as the highest grossing collector car auction of all time. This year's event will present an elite, handpicked selection of more than 110 blue-chip collector cars. For further information on RM's 2014 Monterey auction, or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit www.rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575.
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The 1964 Ferrari 250 LM consigned to RM's Monterey sale (credit: Pawel Litwinski © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions.)
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