RM Sotheby’s returns to the shores of Lake Como, Italy, for its highly anticipated Villa Erba sale on the 27 May. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend will be showcasing the very best in stylish, pure-bred automobiles and the auction has already confirmed a terrific series of stylish and speed-orientated motor cars for the boutique evening sale. Some of the stars of the sale will undoubtedly be the 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS, the 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype and the exquisite 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé.
1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé – est €3.200.000-€4.200.000
Showcased at the world-famous Rétromobile show last month, the striking 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi, is considered by many as one of the most attractive, aerodynamically inspired automotive designs of all time. Affectionately known as the ‘Teardrop’, it is is nothing short of an Art Deco masterpiece on wheels.
The example on offer, chassis no. 90110, is the second-ever car built with covered front fenders according to Claude Figoni. It was restored to concours standards in 2002 by Atelier et Carosserie de Tourraine under its current Swiss ownership. It remains today one of the most spectacular automotive designs the world has ever seen. Making the Talbot-Lago T150-C SS a perfect fit to the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend (Est. €3.200.000-€4.200.000).
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th Series – est €2.200.000-€2.600.000
Another highlight for the 27 May sale is the 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th Series. Chassis no. 8513001 is the first 4th series car produced and is just one of only two sporting coachwork by Carrozzeria Sport S.A. Its first driver was Baron Horst Von Waldthausen, who campaigned it in the 1932 Swiss Car Championship, followed by Julio Villars who drove it in the European Hill Climb Championship.
Extremely well-documented, 8513001 has been cherished by a limited chain of owners during its lifetime, including 48 years in single-ownership. It was sold to its current custodian in 2007 following a full restoration, and has since been lovingly stored in a climate-controlled garage. Like the Talbot-Lago, it is a fantastic fit with the elegant Villa Erba setting (Est. €2.200.000-€2.600.000).
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype – est €2.800.000-€3.200.000
Perhaps nothing epitomises the essence of performance and style more than the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype, chassis no. 57254. A fine example of the Bugatti marque, the featured T57 is one of just three Atalante prototypes, and was delivered new to the Bugatti Works driver Meo Costantini with a specially tuned engine.
Elevating its rarity, it is one of few built by Carrosserie Bugatti. And even rarer still, it is one of comparatively few Atalantes retaining its matching numbers status. It comes to Villa Erba showing just 26,000 kilometres, believed to be the original mileage, and accompanied by its original tool kit (Est. €2.800.000-€3.200.000).
The official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba sale will lift the gavel on a carefully curated roster of just 50 of the world’s finest automobiles, along with a superb selection of motorcycles. To discuss limited consignment opportunities, please call RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmsothebys.com for further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries.
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