Gallery: six highlights from RM's amazing 'Driven to Disruption' auction
Testarossa, Miuras and more: our top cars going under the hammer in December
Way back in October we brought you news of two cars soon to be auctioned for many millions of pounds. The Aston DB4 GT Zagato and Ferrari 290 MM – together expected to fetch over £30million – will be sold in New York on December 10th, along with many other equally lovely, not-quite-so-pricey things. Minus those two, here are some (for there are many) of our highlights from RM’s ‘Driven by Disruption’ auction. Smash open the piggy-bank...
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2006 Lamborghini Concept S
Lamborghini unveiled the Concept S at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show as a non-running prototype. But such was the public interest, Lambo’ eventually decided to build 100 or working versions for its most loyal customers. However, such was the expense of construction, the first, Gallardo-based Concept-S was also the last. So, how much for a true, one-off Lambo? Maybe as much as £2 million, says RM.
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
Bugatti built just 32 Atlantes, and this is the very last of them. One of 12 with aluminium coachwork, it was shown at the 1939 World Fair in New York.
Shortly after, it was acquired by an enthusiast who swapped the body onto a superior supercharged Type 57 chassis - one of just five made. Hidden in a barn since the early 60s, found in 2007 and then fully restored, RM reckons this 57 could sell for as much as £1.7 million.Advertisement - Page continues below
1991 Ferrari Testarossa
Since when did Testarossas get so damn expensive? RM thinks this one could sell for as much as $500,000 - a little under £328,000 in real money. A pittance by classic Ferrari standards, but very rich for what was, until fairly recently, not a Ferrari aficionados would flock towards.
Why so expensive? This one’s done fewer than 200 miles from new, and has had just one owner.
1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone
Supposedly one of the finest Miuras out there, this orange and particularly desirable SV was delivered to a Roman owner in 1972.
It was then exported to Japan, repainted red and stored in an Osaka McLaren dealer before being bought by its current proprietor. Restored with the help of Valentino Balboni, no less, expect it to fetch something like £1.7 million.
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe by Vignale
RM has a 1958 250 GT Cabriolet on offer too, but as Ferrari 250s go, this is way cooler. It’s one of 22 Europas, the second of four bodied by Vignale.
Sold new to the States, this Europa was used extensively. One owner replaced the engine with a Chevy V8 after the original let go. Gah.
Restored in 2009 in Switzerland, with a more fitting engine cast by Ferrari’s own Classiche department, it’ll likely fetch a little under £3 million. Bargain.
1986 Ford RS200
And now for something a bit different. In the Eighties, the RS200 was Ford’s Group B challenger, its crack at the formidable Audi Quattro.
But following a series of tragic accidents, the FIA canned Group B altogether for 1987, after the RS200 had contested just one season. This one is said to be the last delivered, and bares just 1,960km on its odometer. RM estimates the value at up to £360,000.Advertisement - Page continues below