The RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile sale and exhibition will be held November 18-21, 2013 in New York City, the first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in over a decade.
The RM Auctions New York City sale will see 34 vehicles cross the auction block, headlined by the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM that is expected to bring more than $12 million. Other featured consignments include the 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider; 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly; 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi; 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition Berlinetta Speciale; 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe; 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi; 1963 Chevrolet CERV II; among the long list of impressive offerings where a total of 18 are expected to bring in excess of $1 million.
“The selection of motor cars in our New York auction has been curated with the intention of celebrating the greatest milestones in automotive history,” says Alain Squindo, Vice President, RM Auctions. “Every automobile was chosen for its rarity, significance to design, engineering, and for the outstanding achievement it represents in its respective category. As such, and within Sotheby’s stunning 10th floor galleries, we are drawing our record-setting year to a close by presenting the motor car as an art form all its own.”
With its mid-mounted, 3.3-liter V-12 engine, the featured Ferrari 250 Le Mans Berlinetta is the 24th of 32 examples produced. Chassis 6107, which features a Pininfarina body design with coachwork by Scaglietti, embarked on an extensive racing career, highlighted by its performance at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, where it finished 8th overall and 1st in class. Chassis 6107 was later returned to its original Rosso Cina paintwork, a deep shade of red, before being sold to Japan in 1983, where it spent the next 30 years. Recently emerging from long-term, private display, the 250 LM is expected to sell for $12 to $15 million when it goes under the gavel.
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competition Berlinetta Speciale, chassis 1739GT, which featured bespoke Bertone coachwork commissioned by Ferrari client Doctor Enrico Wax, introduced a number of styling features that would one day become standard for the marque. The short-wheelbase Berlinetta is joined by a one-off 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe, chassis 0407GT, (Est. $2,250,000–$2,750,000), and a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II, chassis 2473, the only covered headlamp example certified by the factory as having been built new in that configuration along with a hardtop (Est. $1,600,000–$2,000,000). The height of Italian automotive style is also represented by the 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder, chassis 2101. This example is clothed in one-off coachwork by Zagato (Estimate: $3,500,000–$4,500,000).
The New York City auction also showcases the best of American automotive design. Among the entries in this category is an award-winning 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly, engine J-512. Fully restored, J-512 is the only factory-supercharged Beverly built (Estimate: $2,000,000–$2,500,000). Another highlight is an example of the car that invented American performance: a 1912 Stutz Model A Bear Cat, chassis A730. Promoted by Stutz as boasting the same material, workmanship, and design as their racing model that stirred up so much excitement on the track, A730 is presented for auction following a frame-off restoration. Its offering represents the first time in many years an early Bear Cat has been available, and it is the first time that this particular example has been offered for public sale (Estimate: $800,000–$1,200,000).
In addition to design, the sale will also celebrate cultural history, with a focus on New York society to match the event’s Manhattan setting. In addition to the one-off 1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine “The Duchess”, which was built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor for use during their periods of residence in New York, and the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’, which was gifted by New Yorker Richard Cowell to his wife Gail Vanderbilt Whitney, Art of the Automobile will also feature a 1892 Brewster Park Drag. This Park Drag, owned by Hamilton McKown Twombly and railroad heiress Florence Adele Vanderbilt, who made their home on Fifth Avenue, was used at their Morristown, New Jersey, “cottage,” known as Florham. This Brewster carriage is finished in the color of the House of Vanderbilt, described as “a dash of burgundy mixed with plum,” and represents a part of New York social history (Estimate: $225,000–$325,000).
Additional RM Auctions New York City 2013 highlights include:
- 1936 Talbot-Lago T150C Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi, which is the prototype cabriolet and is one of the best executed examples of French automotive sculpture of all time (Estimate: $8,000,000–$10,000,000);
- 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi, chassis 47242, (Estimate: $3,000,000–$4,000,000);
- 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupe, chassis 42PY, (Estimate: $2,000,000–$2,800,000);
- 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit that is finished in Dark Blue-tinted carbon fiber and polished aluminum (Estimate: $2,000,000–$2,800,000);
- 1963 Chevrolet CERV II, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Corvette engineering test vehicle was a design and engineering inspiration for future Corvettes and was driven in period by Arkus-Duntov, Jim Hall, and Roger Penske (Estimate: $1,300,000–$1,800,000);
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, chassis 198.040.5500695, which was originally delivered through the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed showrooms of Max Hoffman on Park Avenue and is finished in the rare original color scheme of Light Green Metallic with red leather upholstery (Estimate: $1,300,000–$1,500,000);
- 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster, chassis 70180, which is outfitted with a rare factory hardtop (Estimate: $1,000,000–$1,400,000);
- 1929 Ford ‘Dick Flint’ Roadster, which is a Pebble Beach award winner and former Hot Rod Magazine cover car (Estimate: $700,000–$900,000); and
- 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet, which features custom coachwork by Pinin Farina and demonstrates the influence of European styling on American design (Estimate: $350,000–$500,000).
Beyond the motor cars, the sale will also lift the gavel on a select range of memorabilia as well as such rarities as a 1914 Flying Merkel Model 471, America’s original “superbike” (Estimate: $200,000–$250,000); a world champion 1957 F.B. Mondial 250 Bialbero Grand Prix, one of the most historically significant Italian race bikes of the Modern Era (Estimate: $125,000–$175,000); and a 1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 ‘Tiger’, the most desirable and fastest “Messerschmitt,” (Estimate: $150,000–$225,000).
2013 RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile – Event Details
Sale date: November 21; auction commences at 2:00 p.m. EST
Exhibition dates: November 18–20; from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST daily
Location: Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Avenue, New York, New York 10021
Admission: Admission to the exhibition is open to the general public. Admission to the auction is limited to registered bidders and consignors.
Full event details are available at www.rmauctions.com and www.sothebys.com or by calling toll-free at 1 800 211 4371 (+1 519 352 4575 outside North America). As a prelude to the sale, an exhibition that showcases all 34 vehicles on offer will be held November 18–20 on the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby’s New York.