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RM Auctions’ Villa d’Este sale

  1. You want to sell your family. Maybe even your house. Sell it all and find some money, because this weekend sees RM Auctions hit the Villa d’Este concourse, and they’re bringing along some rather fine machinery to tempt lots of moneyed types.

    Like a prototype Ford GT40 works roadster, raced, binned, left for dead and then restored to Ferrari-baiting magnificence. Or a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, which, if we’re not mistaken, is the dictionary definition of ‘lust’. Or the likely headline sale of the show, the Bugatti Type 57, replete with a supercharged 3.3-litre straight-eight and that delightful baby-vomit paintjob. Or the first prototype of the Lancia Stratos HF Zero, above, a car Top Gear rather admires.

    The auction kicks off on 21 May and we’ve got a full preview for you to ogle. Have a click through and then, once you’ve calmed yourself, find money. Lots of it.

  2. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero: €1m - €1.8m

    First prototype of Stratos production car featuring a 1.6-litre ‘narrow-angle’ V4 engine with 115bhp.

  3. 1965 Ford GT40 roadster: €2.4m - €2.9m

    Fourth of only five prototype roadsters ever built, fitted with 4.7-litre 444bhp V8.

  4. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider: €2.6m - €3.3m

    Last four-cylinder Ferrari racer and winner of Monte Pellegrino Hillclimb, powered by 2.0-litre four-pot producing 190bhp.

  5. 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupe: €3.1m - €3.8m

    Triple Pebble Beach award winner and one of only 11 examples with Figoni coachwork, powered by 140bhp 4.0-litre straight-six.

  6. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder: €1.6m - €2m

    Most beautiful car in the world? Probably. Powered by 3.0-litre V12 with 240bhp, features motor and suspension rebuild and previously shown at Pebble Beach.

  7. 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta: €3.2m - €4.2m

    Only one of ten MM Berlinettas ever built, powered by 4.5-litre V12 engine with 340bhp, restored after 30 years continuous ownership.

  8. 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta: €2.5m - €3m

    3.0-litre Ferrari V12 producing 240bhp mated to four-speeder, just one of 18 250 MM Berlinettas built.

  9. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe: €3.25m - €4.25m

    Supercharged straight-eight powerplant churns out 200bhp from the old school. Best of Show (Pebble Beach 1976) and one of 40 Type 57s.

  10. 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC: €175,000 - €225,000

    Power comes courtesy of a 300bhp 4.0-litre Ferrari V12, styling comes courtesy of Pininfarina.

  11. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta: €375,000 - €425,000

    Just five owners from new, 250 GT comes with 3.0-litre V12, 250bhp and is one of just 355 examples built.

  12. 1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom 1 Riviera Town Brougham: €490,000 - €700,000

    Formerly owned by James H.R. Cromwell, multiple award winner and powered by a 7.7-litre straight-six.

  13. 1938 Cadillac Sixteen Town Car: €100,000 - €170,000

    185bhp from a 7.1-litre V16 with a three speeder, one of only ten built.

  14. 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Coupe

    One-off coachwork housed 4.9-litre straight-six with 155bhp. Live rear axle…

  15. 1978 Lancia Sibilo: €60,000 - €100,000

    Part of six cars offered from Bertone, 2.4-litre Dino V8 produced 190bhp, based on WRC-winning Stratos.

  16. 1980 Lamborghini Athon: €150,000 - €220,000

    Another from the Bertone collection, rare Lambo features mid-mounted 3.0-litre V8 with 260bhp.

  17. 1974 Lamborghini Bravo: €150,000 - €220,000

    Another Bertone entrant, originally unveiled at the 1974 Turin motor show, Bravo featured a 3.0-litre transverse-mounted V8 producing 300bhp.

  18. 1963 Chevrolet Testudo: €500,000 - €800,000

    Bertone strikes again, this time with an 81bhp, 2.3-litre flat-six engined one-off showcasing career highlight of Giorgetto Giugiaro.

  19. 1967 Lamborghini Marzal: €1m - €1.8m

    One-off Lambo gullwing concept is predecessor to Espada production car and features prototype 2.0-litre straight-six with 175bhp.

  20. 1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille: €560,000 - €700,000

    Type 68 features a 220bhp 9.4-litre V12 engine. Yes, 9.4-litres, mated to a three-speed box.

  21. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A: €1.25m - €1.8m

    Built for the 14th Maharaja of Indore, this multiple concours winner features a 5.4-litre supercharged straight-eight producing 180bhp.

  22. 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport Roadster: €800,000 - €980,000

    Campaigned in vintage rallies using a 3.6-litre six-pot, independent front suspension and a four-speed electro-mechanical ‘box.

  23. 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe: €900,000 - €1.1m

    3.6-litre six-cylinder engine sits on a chassis with leaf springs and a live rear axle.

  24. 1931 Minerva 8 AL Convertible Sedan: €630.000 - €840.000

    One of 50 eight-cylinder ALs built, this one’s won prizes at Pebble Beach and the Louis Vuitton concourse in New York. Its 6625cc eight-cylinder engine makes 130bhp.

  25. 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Competition Spider: €700.000 - €910.000

    The only unrestored car of its kind, this Comp Spider’s got a full Vantage-spec 2922cc 140bhp engine. It’s had the same owner for 38 years and it’s only clocked up 15000 miles.

  26. 1968 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada: €380.000 - €480.000

    Painfully rare, this awesome 5300 makes 355bhp from a 5354cc Chevrolet Corvette V8 engine. It’s spent the last 13 years in a private Swiss collection, where it got a full restoration and air-con retro fitted in 2004. Very cool.

  27. 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Berline: €280.000 - €350.000

    One-off Saoutchik coachwork features a full-length sunroof and hides a 7.4-litre V16, which makes 175 hp. It’s also enormous - the wheelbase alone is a shade under four meters.

  28. 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Coupé: €475.000 - €575.000

    This is one of the world’s raciest TZs, making a sporting appearance at Targa Florio, Le Mans 24 Hours, Monza 1000 Kms and Tour de France. The 150bhp 1570cc engine and Zagato body’s been restored to full 1964 Le Mans race spec.

  29. 1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine: €520.000 - €700.000

    Munsters fans - step right up. This Ex-du Pont family Roller’s one of an estimated five RR’s coachbuilt by H.A. Hamshaw Ltd. It’s got an enormous 7.5-litre six-pot engine, which produces just 50bhp.

  30. 1957 BMW 507: €520.000 - €580.000

    One of 251 hand-built 507s made, this is one of the few remaining in completely original flavour. Under the bonnet there’s an all-alloy 3168cc V8, which produces 150bhp.

  31. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta: €725.000 - €825.000

    This awesome trad Ferrari pumps out 300bhp from a 3.3-litre V12. It was fully restored in 2003 and has lived in a Geneva-based museum since.

  32. 1938 Jaguar SS Coupé: €300.000 - €400.000

    Looks like an art-deco computer mouse. Isn’t. Built from a bare Jaguar SS saloon chassis, this one-off Hermann Graber coupe’s won rosettes at Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook concourse and Jaguar Club of America events.

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