26/05/2012 'Teardrop' Talbot-Lago and unique Ferrari 410 Sport to head RM's 2012 Monterey sale
On display at its 33.5m-euro Monaco event were two entries likely to feature among the multi-million-dollar results at RM Auctions’ 17-18 August, Monterey sale.
The 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupé - described as “flawless” - has been the subject of a recent, no-expense-spared restoration by French marque specialists. It’s now resplendent in the original Lago Blue metallic in which it was presented at the 1938 Concours d’Elegance de l’Auto.
Only a notch or two down from a Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic, these cars are stunningly gracious, with a constrained muscularity and the comfort and performance to compete in events such as the Colorado Grand. And priced accordingly, as this car is estimated at $2.5m – 3.2m.
The other car (‘Estimate On Request’) is the fabulous ivory-with-blue-leather 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Berlinetta, chassis 0594 CM. Ordered by French industrialist Michel Paul-Cavallier, the big-capacity GT carries bodywork by Scaglietti and represents bespoke Ferrari commissioning of the period at its best.
Paul-Cavallier was later to serve on the board of managers of SEFAC SpA, from its foundation in May 1960, owning several out-of-this-world Ferraris including a Superamerica with GTO-style bodywork.
Rarer (the second of only four 410 Ss built) than an SWB or a GTO, classic Ferraris do not get much better than this. It’s also eligible for any of the many top-level events worldwide, including the Mille Miglia retrospective, in which it has already competed.
Commenting on the inclusion of the big Ferrari at Monterey, Max Girardo, RM Specialist and Managing Director, RM Europe, said: “Over the years, RM Auctions has sold more important and historic Ferraris than any other auction house.
“We are truly honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of this immensely valuable Ferrari and look forward to continuing our strong track record for Ferraris in Monterey. Very rarely seen in public, the offering of 0594 CM truly represents a once-in-a-lifetime ownership opportunity. We anticipate strong global interest in its sale.”