We take a look at the most beautiful cars at the 23 May RM Sotheby's Villa Erba auction. Video and image gallery here
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Como, RM Sotheby's Villa Erba sale takes place alongside the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este on 23 May. A reasonably small number of cars will go under the hammer, however these are some of the finest, most beautiful and expensive cars on the planet.
Unsurprisingly, much of the attention this year has been focused around Ferraris, and one of our favourites – the beautiful 250 GT ‘SWB’ Berlinetta Competizione – has been driven by our sister title evo Magazine:
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione
Specified from the factory with the lightweight alloy bodywork, and uprated V12 engine, the car was originally delivered to a Florence-based doctor – who only used the car on the road. In 1972, the car was exported to the USA, and moved between various Ferrari collectors before a full restoration was undertaken in the early 1990s.
Following some outings at various US concours events, chassis number 1953 GT was sold to a Japanese collector, where it remained for 10 years. It was then sold to the current owner in 2011 – who has since campaigned the 250 at the Silverstone Classic, the Donington Historic Festival, Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Member’s Meeting, and the Spa Classic.
Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
Few cars are as instantly recognisable as the Bertone-styled Lancia Stratos. This purposeful Ferrari V6-enigined homologation special was originally built to go rallying, and was actually a huge success. So much so that it’s unusual to find road-going versions like this Pistachio Green Stradale in such original condition.
Estimate: €350,000 - €450,000
Ferrari 288 GTO
While many lust after the F40, the 288 GTO is arguably the much prettier car. Its like a 308 on steroids, with wide wheel arches and subtle bodywork that barely covers up the twin-turbo V8 engine. The little flash from the gearbox poking out from under the rear valance is also a very nice touch.
Estimate: €1,600,000 - €2,000,000
Lamborghini Miura P400 S
The original supercar. This Miura is one of the final cars produced in 1971, which benefits from some highly desirable upgrades like vented brake discs and a reinforced chassis. It’s covered just 30,000km from new, and has recently been fully refurbished – so it’s running perfectly for its next owner.
Estimate: €900,000 - €1,400,000
Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider
In 1961, few cars could match the speed, style and comfort of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider. It offered plenty of power from its 3.0-litre Columbo V1 engine, and was adored by many film stars meaning many of the 55 cars were sold in the USA. This open-headlight example was sold originally in Europe, and has been fully restored and certified by Ferrari Classiche.
Estimate: €11,000,000 - €13,000,000
Italian design by Giorgetto Giugiaro, and reliable American V8 power courtesy of Ford makes this a highly desirable machine that looks like great value when compared to some of its contemporary rivals. This is unusual for being bought new in Italy, and remaining there to this day, and is described as being ‘one of the finest and most authentic available’.
Estimate: €210,000 - €260,000
BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback
Here’s one you might not have heard of. BMW bought out German coachbuilder, Glas, in 1966. While the company continued to build its BMW-based 3000 V8 coupe, Now with BMW badges, this is the only example to be bodied by Italian coachbuilder Frua.
Estimate: €380,000 - €480,000
Images: RM Sotheby's