RM Auctions, the world’s
largest collector car auction house for quality
automobiles, is pleased to announce that it has been
chosen by the liquidators of the Bertone Museum to offer
six motor cars and one-off design concepts from the
celebrated Italian manufacturer and coachbuilder,
Bertone. This stunning collection of concept cars is another
important addition to RM’s eagerly awaited debut sale at
the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio,
Italy, 21st May, 2011.
“RM is delighted to be
aligned with the illustrious Bertone brand and truly
honoured to have been selected to bring some of their
most famous and extraordinary creations to the open
market for the very first time. We look forward to
providing our collector car expertise for the successful
sale of these rolling works of art,” says Max Girardo,
Managing Director, RM Europe.
craftsmanship and styling leadership of Ing. Nuccio
Bertone and his firm, selected automobiles from the
Bertone Collection that will feature in the upcoming RM
sale include: the unconventional 1967 Lamborghini Marzal
prototype, s/n 1001, driven by Prince Ranier and
Princess Grace at the start of 1967 Monaco Grand Prix
(Est. €1.000.000 - €1.800.000); the sensational 1970
Lancia Stratos HF Zero, s/n C/1160CPL, the first
prototype of the mid-engined Stratos production supercar
and the hugely successful rally car (Est. €1.000.000 -
€1.800.000); and, the revolutionary 1963 Chevrolet
Testudo, s/n 20927w207657, sporting an amazing and
totally transparent one-piece windscreen and roof cover
(Est. €500.000 - €800.000).
collection of cars is completed with a 1974 Lamborghini
Bravo, s/n NS46 01, an ultra low slung car with several
styling cues from the Lamborghini Countach (Est.
€150.000 - €220.000); a 1980 Lamborghini Athon, s/n
S155/01, featuring clean, futuristic lines (Est.
€150.000 - €220.000); and, an outlandish 1978 Lancia
Sibilo, s/n S 12201, unveiled at the Turin Motor Show
in April 1978 (Est. €60.000 – €100.000).
“These cars represent
a highly significant slice of Bertone’s creative
history, as well as a unique opportunity to purchase
some of the best known and most influential dream cars
ever built. This coupled with the fact that the upcoming
auction represents the very first time that any of these
six vehicles have been offered for sale on the public
market, makes for a unique and very special ownership
opportunity.We anticipate that they will be well
received by the collector car world,” adds Girardo.
The roster of
Bertone automobiles joins a strong line-up of over
30 automobiles consigned to the exclusive RM
evening sale, which forms an official part of this
year’s celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
weekend. With an average value per car approaching
€1.000.000, the RM offering is considered one of the
most spectacular collections of automobiles offered in
recent auction history.