RM SOTHEBY’S DEBUT MILAN AUCTION SET TO STUN WITH INCREDIBLE FINAL CONSIGNMENTS FOR JUNE 15th SALE
- RM Sotheby’s boutique Milan sale set for 15th June featuring 19 stunning cars for road and track
- Notable late consignments include a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster; 1931 Bugatti Type 46 Coupé ‘Superprofileé’; 2004 Koenigsegg CCR; and a pair of significant Alfa Romeo 155 Competition Touring Cars
LONDON, England – RM Sotheby’s debut sale in Milan on June 15th is building into a spectacular auction, with 19 beautiful cars from across the decades and to cater for every taste. From glamorous pre-war ‘Grand Routiers’ to post war GT sports cars and 1990s competition saloons, the sale is an eclectic mix of exceptionally high-quality cars. Taking place at Sotheby’s Milan’s historic location, Palazzo Serbelloni in Italy, the sale will be conducted just as the region prepares for the highly anticipated 2021 Mille Miglia.
Few 1950’s convertible sports cars rate as being more desirable than a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, and the 1957 example on offer in Milan boast distinguished early ownership and current ownership since 1976, as well as unique features and a comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical overhaul. The car’s first owner was Industrialist, Luigi Innocenti, of the famed Italian automotive manufacturer, before passing to Count Werner Rodolfo of Milan. During Count Werner’s ownership the car was joined by a special one-off glass hard roof, created by Count Agusta of Agusta helicopters, who also owned a 300 SL and was a close friend of Count Werner. This stunning and important car is offered in exceptional condition and is estimated at €900,000 – €1,1,000,000.
The incredible 1931 Bugatti Type 46 offered in Milan presents a unique opportunity to acquire a glorious car that boasts an entirely original factory-produced Type 46 chassis, engine and drivetrain, which was subsequently bodied as dramatic tourer in the style of Gangloff and a famed ‘Petite Royale‘ – an exquisite homage to one of the most recognisable Jean Bugatti designs. Created on one of two bare chassis purchased from Roland Bugatti by Richard Baudens in the 1950s, chassis 46491 is one of a number that survived the war unfinished and in various states of assembly. This chassis has a history that is fully documented, explaining how it came to be in the possession if Baudens, unbodied nor run, but fitted with an unused and crated Type 46 engine. With this aged but original chassis—still displaying unmarked paint and body mounting pads, the 10 year restoration commenced, culminating in the no-expense spared construction of the stunning body, created by Ashton Keynes Vintage Restorations. Presented in wonderfully maintained condition, chassis 46491 is a unique opportunity to acquire a stunning Bugatti, and is estimated at a highly attractive €500,000 – €700,000. To view a video of this car, click here.
The 1990s is commonly regarded as ‘peak’ for Touring Car racing in Europe, with the proliferation of highly developed, factory supported cars and star drivers. RM Sotheby’s is delighted to offer two such cars in Milan, both being Alfa Romeo 155s, a car which was amongst the most effective of all during the period. The 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI ITC on offer is the final iteration of the formidable 155 DTM/ITC Works Touring Car from Alfa Corse. Factory-rated at 490 bhp, with a six-speed semi-sequential transaxle, this particular car was piloted by Nicola Larini during the 1996 ITC Season with wins at Mugello and Interlagos. Refreshed by marque specialists with many original components retained and with in excess of €350,000 of invoices on file, the car is race ready for the DTM Classic Series, which it contested in 2019. No less impressive is the 1994 Alfa Romeo 155 TS BTCC derivative on offer. In period, this model was one of the most celebrated of all to contest the British Touring Car Championship series, which was at its zenith in the mid-1990s. This ex-Works Alfa Corse car is a 1994 race winner and was driven by ex-F1 and Touring Car legend, Gabriele Tarquini, who subsequently acquired the car and who has retained it to this day.
If the Alfa Romeos represent peak Touring Car development of the period, then the 2004 Koenigsegg CCR offered in Milan represents peak hypercar development in the early 2000s. This example, chassis number 7011, is notable for being the first CCR revealed to the public, taking pride of place on the Koenigsegg stand at the 2004 Geneva International Motor Show. One of the fastest production vehicles ever made; factory-rated at 806 bhp with a reported top speed of 387 km/h, this is the third of 14 examples produced between 2004 and 2006, it has covered only 2,347 kilometers. (Estimate: €720,000 – €760,000).
Other late consignments into the Milan sale include:
- 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, a Classiche certified car (Estimate: €550,00 – €650,000)
- 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, LHD, one of 349 Series II DB4s (Estimate: €450,000 – €550,000)
- 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Series III, fully restored and Classiche Certified (Estimate: €400,000 – €450,000)
- 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series, delivery mileage (Estimate: €400,000 – €500,000)
- 1973 Ferrari Dino GTS, desirable European specification, matching numbers (Estimate: €380,000 – €420,000)
- 1988 Lamborghini LM002, desirable early production example (Estimate: €225,000 – €275,000)
Sun 13 Jun 2021
10:00 AM – PREVIEW
Mon 14 June 2021
10:00 AM – PREVIEW
Tue 15 June 2021
10:00 AM – PREVIEW
4:00 PM – AUCTION