RM Auction Line Up: Monaco Historic Gran Prix Weekend

• RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house, holds inaugural Monaco sale during Historic Grand Prix weekend• Over 100 highly-desirable European road and race cars on offer, including eight examples with pre-sale estimates over €1million• Blue chip automotive marques represented include Delahaye, Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Porsche and BMW

LONDON (April 14, 2010) − The countdown is underway for RM Auctions’ inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco event at the Grimaldi Forum on 1st May, staged during the same weekend as the 7th Historic Grand Prix of Monaco. The sale presents 105 of the best examples of pre- and post-war European motor cars, featuring eight automobiles with pre-sale estimates in excess of €1,000,000.“Since hosting our first European event in 2007, RM has experienced immense growth in the investment-grade segment of the market and rapidly increased its global client base,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.
“The market for ‘quality’ motor cars – exceptional, rare examples with important provenance and documentation like the ones on offer in Monaco – has remained stable during the global economic downturn, and now with signs of improvement, it’s an ideal time for RM to expand into new markets. Collectors’ enthusiasm and interest in RM’s first showing in Monaco is resounding, with advance bidder registrations already received from 12 countries,” Girardo added.
RM has placed a strong emphasis on French, Italian, German and British marques for its Monaco debut, and its expert team of car specialists has sourced quality consignments from 10 different countries around the world. Highlights include:

French Marques
A stunning selection of French motor cars has been consigned, led by a highly desirable, pre-war 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Competition Cabriolet*, chassis number 49197, featuring exquisite one-off Cabriolet coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi and custom red leather interior and upholstery by the renowned French saddlery, luggage, silks and handbag firm, Hermès .This unique Delahaye offers the attractive blend of the best in late 1930s French custom body design with some of the highest specification mechanicals ever offered by the company – a powerful combination that saw the car participate, in period, in both concours d’elegance and motor racing events. (Estimate €1,700,000 - €2,000,000)

Italian Marques
A stellar lineup of iconic Italian cars is also scheduled, including the rare 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’*, chassis number 2470. This ‘Birdcage’ is one of only 17 examples built and boasts an impressive provenance and a very competitive racing history. The third-to-last Birdcage built, 2470 was sold new in December 1960 to Jack Hinkle, who enjoyed incredible success behind the wheel, finishing on the podium every time with the exception of two DNFs. In 1961, he won three of seven races, followed by an additional three victories the following year. Other former owners include Tracy Bird, one of the founders of the Can Am series, and F1 team owner Lord Alexander Hesketh. (Estimate: €2,400,000 – €2,600,000)

RM is the leader in the presentation of historic Ferraris at auction, holding seven of the top 10 all-time auction records for the marque. The Monaco sale features 16 Ferraris, spanning 50 years of production. Highlights include: a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta*, s/n 3401 GT (Estimate: €2,500,000 - €2,950,000); a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France, s/n 0925 GT (Estimate: €2,000,000 – €2,500,000); a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, s/n 1253 GT (Estimate: €1,800,000 - €2,200,000); and a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB, s/n 3309 SA (Estimate: €1,950,000 - €2,450,000).

German Marques
German automobiles are prominently featured, with the one-of-a-kind 1937 BMW 328 MM ‘Buegelfalte’*, chassis number 85032, receiving top billing for the sale. Considered one of the world’s most significant pre-war sports racing cars, 85032 was manufactured in May 1937 for the BMW racing division. The following year it participated in the 1938 Mille Miglia and won a notable victory in the 2.0-litre class with well-known British driver A.F.P. Fane and co-driver William James behind the wheel. In 1939, this example was dismantled by the racing division and modified into an all-new open streamliner destined for use as a factory entry in the 1940 Mille Miglia. 85032 is the only special roadster ever built at the BMW factory (the two other second series streamline roadsters having been built by independent coachbuilders, Touring.). The Monaco sale represents the first time it has been offered at auction. (Estimate: Available Upon Request)
British Marques
British marques are well represented and headlined by an important 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Special Town Car” by Brewster*, chassis number 218 AMS. Considered by most historians to be one of the greatest Rolls-Royce ever built and quite possibly the most significant post-WWI Rolls- Royce in existence, this stunning example is a one-off design and the first and only one of three special town cars built that still retains its original coachwork. With just four owners from new, it has been shown at exclusive concours events throughout the world, where it has won numerous Best of Show and Elegance awards, and has also been a part of numerous special displays at the world’s foremost automotive museums. (Estimate: Available Upon Request)

Building on the company’s reputation as specialists for the auction of private and estate collections, RM will also present an important series of British automobiles in Monaco - 24 Rolls-Royce motor cars and two Bentleys from the renowned private collection of German entrepreneur Hans-Günter Zach without reserve. The centrepiece of the collection is the famed ‘Star of India’ - a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Cabriolet, chassis number 188PY (Estimate: €450,000 - €600,000).

Automotive Memorabilia
In addition to a magnificent roster of motor cars, RM’s Monaco auction will present a diverse assortment of memorabilia, including the world’s largest single-owner collection of Shell Petroliana*. The result of some 35 years of judicious collecting by passionate Dutch collector and long-term Shell employee, Mr. Gilles Warning, the collection was amassed during Mr. Warning’s 30-year career at Shell and his many travels around the world. Today, the impressive offering comprises of 1,000 different items, which will be sold as a single lot. From porcelain and enamel signs to oil cans and tins, glass pump globes and oil bottles, the collection spans Shell’s history and global presence with many items displayed in English, Dutch, French and Arabic languages.

Interested buyers in the historic automobiles and memorabilia on offer can obtain complete information by visiting www.rmauctions.com/monaco or by calling RM’s London office on +44 (0) 20 7851 7070. For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and all the auction action will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com, providing real-time coverage of the event.

Event Details - Sporting Classics of Monaco
Dates & Times Friday 30th April
Preview: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Drinks Reception: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday 1st May
Preview start: 10:00am
Auction start: 1:00pm

Location The Grimaldi Forum,
10, Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco

Admission Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalog, available for €70. The catalog admits two and must be presented at the entrance to be granted entry.

About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top 10 – and more significantly, four of the top five – all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades earning “Best of Show” honours at the world’s top concours events.