10 Cars To Look Forward To At RM Southeby's Villa Erba Auction
There is enough rare and expensive metal here to make any grown man wet himself
When RM Southeby’s has an auction going on, it is almost impossible for there not be a vast array of cars that make any petrolhead drool at the mouth. Be it the more modern hypercar kind of thing, or coach-built classics that you didn’t even know existed. Well, on the 25th of May RM Southeby’s will be holding their Villa Erba auction in Italy, so I decided to compile 10 of the lots that we can look forward seeing going under the hammer.
2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato “No. 1”
This 1 of 65 British creation was created to celebrate the half centenary anniversary of the DB4 GT Zagato. Each of them were uniquely specified to their owners’ tastes, and this particular car that is going on auction has stunning wood inlays on the dashboard together with tan leather and elaborate red and matching tan stitching on the roof. With only 275 kilometers on the clock, the car is expected to reach €650 000 to €700 000.
2018 Alfa Romeo Mole Construzione Artiginale 001
What happens when two companies see the opportunity to create an Alfa Romeo 4C-based, fully custom-built Italian creation? Well, the Mole Construzione Artiginale 001, of course. Up Design and the Adler group teamed up to make what they thought a potential 4C successor could look like. With the bodywork done by Umberto Palermo, the only thing you will find familiar to the 4C is the dashboard display.
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider by Pinin Farina
Despite sharing its name with arguably the worst Ferrari ever (the Mondial), this is most certainly not a terrible car. With an estimated selling price of between €4.25 million and €4.75 million, this 1 of 13 Ferrari raced in California during the 1950s by Scuderia Parravano. More recently, it has undergone a full restoration by Ferrari Calssiche, but retains its original engine, gearbox and bodywork. Much want indeed!
1957 Porsche 550A Spyder by Wendler
The 550A Spyder was Porsche’s first model built for the sole purpose of competing in races. Being 1 of only 40 cars, it is highly unlikely you’ll ever see one. This particular car has exchanged hands from owners residing in various countries such as Denmark (hence the Danish flag on the bonnet), Kenya and Italy. The car has taken part in many rallies across the world and was restored 3 years ago in 2016 meaning it now has only 100 kilometers on the odometer. Let’s hope the new owner will increase that mileage substantially!
1965 Shelby 427 Cobra
Why should you look forward to seeing this car going under the hammer? Well, because Cobras are simply one of the coolest damn cars out there. With its very American V8 engine, the 427 Cobra pushes out 400 horsepower. Cruising down the freeways of California, you’ll be reveling in the fact that you’re driving 1 of 300 427 Cobras in the world. Should you consider buying this car if you have the cash? Absolutely.
2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake
This car is on the list purely because it is just one of the most spectacular-looking shooting breaks in modern, if indeed not of all time. Based on the DBS Superleggera predecessor, this 1 of 99 car is a rare example of Anglo-Italian automotive collaboration. The Lava Red and contrasting Obsidian Black body is certainly a winner in terms of specification. Just because the car is coach-built, that doesn’t mean the Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake is sluggish. Oh no. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes just 3.5 seconds thanks to the glorious 6.0-litre, naturally aspirated engine that powers it.
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT ‘Double Bubble’ Zagato
Why would a Fiat-Abarth make it onto the list? Well, because it is one the most interesting little Italian cars created. This little European machine won’t be breaking any auction records in terms of values, but it will be a fun addition to any elaborate garage. Based on the Fiat 600, Carlo Abarth took the little Fiat’s engine and tuned it to become a 750cc engine. As the name suggests, he worked together with Zagato to create the 750 GT. A three-year restoration provides us with the fantastic little blue car we see above.
2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
Created to pay homage to Sir Stirling Moss’s 1955 Mille Miglia victory, the SLR Stirling Moss is one of the most iconic modern cars created. The opportunity to acquire one of these cars doesn’t come up often, so this is your opportunity to possess 1 of 75 of them that were created. This particular car has also been used relatively well, with just under 8400 kilometres on the odometer. What will it go for? Well, it is expected to reach between €1.85 million and €2.2 million, so not exactly pocket change.
1980 Renault 5 Turbo 1
If only Renault could make a good ol’ hot hatch like this again… Rear-wheel drive, a turbo-charged mid-engine and 160 horsepower are just a few things of what makes this French pocket-rocket so desirable. When this car was shown to the world, it was the most powerful French car in production! This car is a Series 1, which means fewer than 600 of them were made. A worthy addition to the mancave? Hell yes.
1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta Zagato
Maserati is also one of those manufacturers where you jut think to yourself, “Can’t you guys make cars like you used to?” This particular car (chassis number 2102) has taken part in many races during the ‘50s such as the Rallye des Sestriere and Mille Miglia. You are unlikely to ever have heard of this car, but there is no doubt that it is one of Zagato’s greatest looking creations. Even if that is the only reason you buy it, it would be absolutely worth it.