19/04/2012 RM Auctions at Monaco, 11-12 May 2012: Preview
1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider: 3,300,000 - 4,100,000 euros
Grossing over 33 million euros at its first-ever sale in Monaco two years ago, RM has a hard act to follow in 2012. That said, the now two-day event will offer nearly 200 collectors’ cars and motorbikes to a discerning saleroom of bidders, all in town for the biennial Monaco Historics meeting.
The RM 2010 Monaco auction is widely considered to be the most successful one-day sale ever held in Europe. This time round, the number of cars to be sold on Saturday 12 May is a touch down (96 vs. 106) but the quality is as high as ever – and the Friday all-motorcycle sale will offer over 100 Ducatis, almost all ‘No Reserve’, from the Saltarelli Collection.
We’ll be previewing the bikes next week on Classic Driver, so, first off, let’s have a look at the motor cars.
Once again it is quality Italian cars that are likely to be the big sellers at Monaco. Two dozen Ferraris are catalogued (including the fabulous Ferrari-engined 1953 Timossi-Ferrari 'Arno XI' Racing Hydroplane, for 1,000, 000 - 1,500,000 euros) and it's exciting racing machinery that will no doubt dominate the results, with several cars having extensive competition history in period.
Mille Miglia? Yes, you'll need something that’s competed in it twice… like the 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spider Corsa (1,100,000 - 1,800,000 euros and not unreasonable for these delightful cars). If 1950s racing in South America is more your thing, then there’s the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider 'Tuboscocca' for 1,800,000 - 2,200,000 euros, and the ex-Von Neumann 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider will appeal to those interested in 1950s North American road racing. It’s currently fitted with a V12, but an original, matching numbers Type 625 engine comes with this car. Estimate: 3,000,000 - 3,700,000 euros.
Ex-Von Neumann, 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC: 3,000,000 - 3,700,000 euros
Another big V12 Ferrari with impeccable Argentinian racing history is the 1953 375 MM Spider (3,300,000 - 4,100,000 euros), while what must be one of the prettiest cars ever made, the exquisite 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spider, an ex-Maranello Concessionaires car, is carrying an estimate of 2,200,000 - 2,800,000 euros.
1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spider: 2,200,000 - 2,800,000 euros
Adding to the top-notch racing car entry are two Alfa Romeo 33 V8 sports-racers and some lovely GT cars with in-period Targa Florio history in the form of the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Zagato (380,000 - 420,000 euros) and the strangely strange (yet oddly attractive) 1964 Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato, a car I greatly admired at last year’s Uniques in Florence. For 180,000 - 240,000 euros, you’re unlikely to meet another owner, and the ex-Lancia works racing car is surprisingly fast on the track.
Even at Monaco during Historics weekend it’s sometimes nice to get away from the race track. Although, understandably, the catalogue features many entries likely to appeal to a well-heeled historic racer, there are many desirable road cars listed, too – and not all of them Italian.
1978 Rondeau M378 Le Mans GTP Racing Car: 600,000 - 750,000 euros 'No reserve'
Take, for example, the three DB Astons in the sale. The green 1964 DB5 is left-hand drive so estimated slightly higher than the ‘James Bond spec’, Silver Birch 1965 car (290,000 - 350,000 euros against 285,000 - 330,000 euros). And there’s a highly desirable 1966 DB6 'Short-Chassis' Volante, a RHD example, for 720,000 - 820,000 euros.
The road-going Ferraris include a 1968 330 GTS (700,000 - 800,000 euros), a 1980 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer (90,000 - 120,000 euros) and the most gorgeous 1964 250 GT Lusso, complete with Ferrari Classiche certification, for 620,000 - 680,000 euros.
There are also some great Porsche 911s, all in very 1970s colours. Cars such as the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring (brown, for 165,000 - 185,000 euros) and the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight (tangerine, at 250,000 - 320,000 euros). You’d be cutting it a bit fine for this year’s event, but the Continental Orange, 1976 934 Group 4 car, at 450,000 - 600,000 euros, would be a nice bit of kit for the Le Mans Classic.
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 'Daytona' Spider: 800,000 - 1,000 euros
1953 Timossi-Ferrari 'Arno XI' Racing Hydroplane: 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 euros
Pre-War-wise, the catalogue is not exactly packed to the rafters with cars but mention must be made of the seductive 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A (2,000,000 - 2,400,000 euros) and the elegantly sporting 325,000 - 375,000 euros, 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT Cabriolet.
And only one car is ‘Estimate Available on Request’: it’s the one-of-only-two-examples-built, 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Two-Seater Drophead Coupé christened the 'Honeymoon Express' by journalists on the Freestone & Webb stand at the Earl’s Court Motor Show. (Although exactly why, in those more innocent days, is not clear.)
1964 Lancia Sport Prototipo Zagato: 180,000 - 240,000 euros
Having already covered the 1995 Lancia Hyena and 1976 Lancia Stratos 'Stradale' on Classic Driver, in addition to the oddball Zagato racer there’s another interesting car from the great Torinese manufacturer in the shape of the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America. Interesting estimate, too: 350,000 - 420,000 euros.
So there you have it. Except you don’t really, as the catalogue lists more desirable cars (and boats) than you can shake a swizzle stick at while sitting on the deck of your yacht. Do have a look at the catalogue, and we look forward to being there for the sale.
1987 Ferrari F40 Prototype/GT: 700,000 - 900,000 euros
1972 Fiat 124 Abarth Spider Group IV Rally Car: 60,000 - 80,000 euros