1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider

Early Highlights for RM Auctions Monterey 2013 Sale

RM Auctions announced early consignments for its 2013 Monterey sale, scheduled for August 16-17 at the Portola Hotel and Monterey Convention Center in California. Highlighted offerings for RM’s 28th annual flagship Monterey auction include more than 20 Ferraris and marques such as Maserati, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

Among the notable Ferraris consigned to date are eight cars from the Estate of the late William H. Tilley, a Beverly Hills-based collector and Ferrari aficionado. All cars in the Tilley Collection, which spans more than 56 years of Ferrari production, are offered without reserve. These include a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta; 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4; 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS; 1987 Ferrari Testarossa; 1990 Ferrari F40; 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider F1 and 2010 Ferrari California.

The highlight of the Tilley Collection is a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I, chassis 0418 MD. The sixth of just 22 examples built, 0418 MD left the factory in April 1954 and competed in the Mille Miglia before being sold on by the factory to an Italian customer in July of the same year. It was then privately entered into a number of events before being exported to Venezuela, where it continued a prolific racing life, contending events such as the Grand Prix of Venezuela in 1955, 1956 and 1957. 0418 MD was brought to the USA in 1964, remaining in competitive use throughout the following decades both in North America and in European events including the Mille Miglia. It has been shown at various Concours events over the years, including the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic (Est. $2,750,000 – $3,250,000).

Other notable Ferraris for the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale include a 1995 Ferrari F50, chassis 99999, the actual car unveiled on March 6 at the 1995 Auto Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the city’s 63rd annual auto show (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,600,000). An earlier car, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II, chassis 3427GT, is expected to fetch $1,200,000 – $1,500,000.

“Once again, we are demonstrating that collectors are consigning some of the world’s greatest cars to our care,” says Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM Auctions – California. “We have built a reputation as the global leader in the presentation of Ferraris at auction, having offered more important Ferraris than any other auction house, and many owners recognize that there is no better place to sell investment-grade cars than at our Monterey sale. To still be several months out from the auction and to have so many fantastic cars already consigned is a great achievement.”

Maserati will also be well represented at the RM Monterey auction, headlined by a Type 61 Birdcage on offer. Chassis 2461 is one of 16 original Birdcage Maseratis produced, and the most distinguished Camoradi ‘semi-works’ team car. It boasts a racing history that includes 1st overall in the 1960 Nürburgring 1000 Kilometres, a victory that saw Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney overcome mechanical difficulties, dense fog and rain to take the win. The car also started in the 1960 Le Mans 24-Hours and secured 2nd place at the Sweden Grand Prix driven by Jo Bonnier. With a continuous, uncontested ownership history from 1960, this example has been regularly seen at the Monterey Historics as well as competing in the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed. It is presented with FIA papers (Est. $3,000,000 – $4,000,000).

Joining the ‘Birdcage’ in Monterey is a 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder with coachwork by Frua. The only A6G Frua Spyder fitted with a side exhaust system, this particular car won ‘Best Maserati’ at the Concorso Italiano in 2003 as well as being a two-time Colorado Grand participant (Est. $800,000 – $1,200,000).

For pre-war touring car enthusiasts, RM will offer a 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6 Cabriolet, chassis 16035, and a 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe, J-345. The Hispano-Suiza represents one of the Spanish marque’s most coveted models, a car built in period for only the wealthiest in society and a true great of the pre-war era. With coachwork by Brandone, the Hispano-Suiza (chassis 16035) has a history that includes winning the 1936 Cannes Concours Prix d’Honneur, as well as being judged Best in Class, nominated for Best of Show and a two-time Alec Ulmann Trophy winner — an award bestowed on the most exciting Hispano-Suiza present — at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Est.$1,500,000 – $2,000,000). The Model SJ Convertible Coupe offered at the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale is a matching-numbers car that features ‘disappearing-top’ coachwork by Murphy and is offered in restored condition (Est. $2,000,000 – $2,500,000).

Other notable entries at the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale include:

  • 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,400,000)
  • 1986 Porsche 962 Racing Car (Est. $900,000 – $1,100,000)
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS (Est. $800,000 – $1,000,000)
  • 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC ( Est. $750,000 – $900,000)
  • 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster ( Est. $900,000 – $1,100,000)

The RM Auctions Monterey sale returns to the Portola Hotel and Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, California, August 16-17, 2013. Last year, RM’s Monterey auction generated $96 million in sales and established numerous world records.

For more information, contact an RM Specialist at +1 519 352 4575 or visit rmauctions.com.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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