Auction of the Week: RM Sotheby's Monterey 2018 Sale
Our featured auction this week is the RM Sotheby's Monterey 2018 sale. As some of the world's finest classic automobiles prepare to roll onto the auction block, we've hand-picked a few of our favourites...
1949 Fiat-Patriarca 750 Berlinetta Sport by Faina
Estimate: $200,000 - $250,000
This Fiat-Patriarca 750 Berlinetta Sport was built in 1949 by coachbuilder Rodolfo Patriarca for the gentleman driver Sesto Leonardi.
Along with co-pilot Agostino Prosperi, Leonardi drove the car to a stunning class victory in the 1950 Mille Miglia, achieving a time of 15 hours, 55 minutes and 40 seconds, and a top speed of 157 kph.
The car was raced competitively numerous times from 1949 until 1955, including an appearance at the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomit, and a '3rd in class' finish at the 1950 Targa Florio.
The beautifully original car, with a superb racing history, comes complete with its 1953 Genova registration plates and is eligible for prestigious car events such as the Mille Miglia Storica.
1961 Volkswagen Deluxe '23-Window' Microbus
$140,000 - $160,000
This classic VW 23-window Samba van was built in 1961, and shipped new to American West Coast where it was also known as the 'Sunroof Deluxe'.
The model was the most luxurious van produced by Volkswagen at the time, and was originally designed in the 1950s as a touring vehicle, when prosperity and tourism returned to central Europe
This example was extensively restored in 2012, complete with a new 1,600-cc dual-port flat four engine and a rebuilt transmission, and has just 1,100 new miles on the clock.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Estimate: $1,300,000 - $1,500,000
This classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is regarded as "perhaps the most iconic model of Mercedes-Benz’s illustrious history".
The car was originally part of the renowned Fred Kemp collection of Mercedes-Benzes, and was exhibited for many years at the Kemp Automobile Museum in Missouri.
Having undergone a no-expense-spared restoration, this matching-numbers example is believed to have just 17,000 original miles on the clock.
1948 Tucker 48
Estimate: $1,800,000 - $2,100,000
The Tucker 48 is perhaps the most legendary post-war American car ever built. Built by maverick designer Preston Tucker in his attempt to take on the U.S automobile industry, the car stands as a testament to American ingenuity.
Tucker built just 51 cars before his company was sunk by legal troubles, financial difficulties and the sheer weight of the opposition.
Today 48 of those original vehicles survive, in some of the world's most prestigious museums and private car collections.
This example is regarded as the most painstakingly researched and restored Tucker available on the open market.
1903 Cadillac Model A Delivery Wagon
Estimate: $140,000 - $180,000
This multiple award-winning Cadillac Model-A delivery wagon was built in 1903, the very first year of production for the famed U.S manufacturer.
The wagon has been beautifully restored in the manner of the highly rare delivery wagons produced using Model-A frames at the I.W. Dill Carriage Works of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The wagon has received awards including Best Restoration of a Brass Era Cadillac at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a Cadillac-LaSalle Club National First Prize in 2002, and an Antique Automobile Club of America National Senior First Prize in 2003.
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
Estimate: $3,000,000 - $4,000,000
Unveiled Geneva International Motor Show in 2013, the LaFerrari became an instant classic and is regarded as the finest Ferrari road car of the past decade.
The hypercar comes with an electrifying top speed of over 217 mph, and only 499 examples were ever produced for the Italian manufacturer's favourite clients.
This example remains in virtually brand-new condition, with only a handful of test miles on the clock since it was delivered in 2014.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, one of America's leading design schools.
1932 Ford "404 Jr." Roadster by Berardini Bros.
Estimate: $400,000 - $600,000
This 1932 Ford roadster, known better simply as the "Deuce", was owned by the Berardini Brothers racing team and became a legend on the drag racing strips of Los Angeles.
From Santa Ana to Orange County, the roadster was virtually unbeatable throughout the early 1950s, and even appeared on-screen in the classic 1954 teenage rebellion movie Blackboard Jungle.
Lovingly restored by Dave Crouse of Loveland, Colorado, the car is powered by a full race, four-carb Ford flathead V-8 engine and was a Dean Batchelor Award winner at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
Estimate: $9,000,000 - $12,000,000
This 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II is a true racing legend, having been driven to 3rd overall at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours by Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson, as part of Ford's historic 1-2-3 sweep of the event.
The car is the fourth of only eight Mark II examples ever built, and was used as an official Holman-Moody/FoMoCo team car from 1966 to 1967.
Described as "without exaggeration one of the true paragons of sports car design and achievement", the car has been raced and tested by racing luminaries including Ken Miles, Richie Ginther, A.J. Foyt, Mark Donohue, and Peter Revson.
Presented in its iconic 1966 livery, the car was a People’s Choice Award winner at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and is eligible for the world's finest classic car events such as the Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival, and Monterey Historics.
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