Historic Jaguar D-Type Leads Growing List of Significant Entries for RM’s Monterey Sale
· RM Auctions building towards a spectacular roster of cars for its flagship Monterey sale held during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week, August 16–17, in California
· Historic 1955 Jaguar D-Type leads a superb roster of the world’s finest sports and racing cars poised for the RM podium
· Additional star lots include a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta, a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico and a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Fantuzzi Spyder
· Frequently updated list of entries available online at rmauctions.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario – In what is shaping up as one of the finest selections of collector cars ever offered at auction, RM Auctions continues to secure spectacular automobiles to its flagship two-day sale in Monterey, California, August 16–17, during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week. With an influx of many of the world’s finest and most significant cars being consigned to the sale, RM is delighted to announce it will offer a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, one of the world’s most desirable sports racing cars, alongside an ever growing docket of blue-chip, collector-grade sports cars.
The iconic Jaguar D-Type is one of the legends of endurance sports car racing; it was built between 1954 and 1957 and was designed to follow its equally legendary predecessor, the C-Type, into international sports car racing domination. The model featured an exceptional monocoque construction with a beautiful and distinctive streamlined body design. Few D-Types ever come to auction, as production is thought to have included only 18 factory team cars and 53 customer cars. The 1955 example offered at Monterey, chassis XKD-530, was originally sold to Curt Lincoln, of Helsinki, Finland and was used regularly and competitively for ice racing, a highly popular form of motor sport in Scandinavia. The car enjoyed an extensive racing history during Mr. Lincoln’s ownership and is possibly the only Jaguar to have raced within the USSR during the Cold War period, having finished 1st in Class at the 1961 Leningrad Grand Prix. Today, the car is offered in exceptional condition, having been the subject of an extensively researched and executed restoration by one of the world’s foremost Jaguar experts, CKL Developments in the UK. Resplendent in its original British Racing Green paintwork and a veteran of numerous Mille Miglia retrospectives, it is supremely eligible for all the world’s great historic motor sport events (Estimate: Available upon request).
Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM Auctions, California, says, “A longstanding tradition on the global collector calendar, our annual Monterey sale has such an international status that it consistently attracts the finest cars available to the market. Our upcoming 2013 auction will certainly be no exception, as we have strategically limited the number of cars on offer, handpicking a roster of only the highest quality blue-chip collectible automobiles. Sports racing cars don’t come much more significant than a D-Type Jaguar, which will be offered alongside what is fast becoming one of the best collections of Ferrari and Maserati cars to be offered anywhere in the world.”
RM has sold many of the most significant Ferraris ever made, and amongst the new lots joining the 24 examples already secured, including the previously announced eight car collection from the Estate of William H. Tilley, is a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, chassis 0530M. As the eighteenth 750 Monza built, 0530M rolled out of the Maranello factory on March 1, 1955, with its ‘Certificate of Origin’ showing that it was sold new to Count Luigi “Lulu” Chiaramonte Bordonaro. The car boasts extensive period racing history, including back-to-back wins at the Corsa al Monte Pellegrino in 1955 and 1956, as well as contesting the 1956 Targa Florio. In more recent times, the car has been displayed in the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia, and has competed in the classic Italian retrospective with nearly a decade of continuous participation (Estimate: $3,400,000–$4,400,000).
Joining the 750 Monza is another outstanding example of one of Ferrari’s early competition models, a 1950 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta. Chassis 0038M is an early 166 MM Barchetta and boasts an unbelievable racing history in the hands of some of the sport’s greatest drivers, including Ascari, Chinetti, and Dreyfus. During 1950 alone, 0038M scored victories at the GP of Luxemburg, Coppa della Toscana, and the Coppa della Calabria, while also finishing 2nd overall in the Mille Miglia, as well as participating in outings at both the Targa Florio and Le Mans. In 1951, the car was rebodied by Vignale and sent to the legendary Argentine driver Froilan Gonzales, who campaigned it over the next few years. While 0038M has sported two bodies during its extensive career, it is offered for sale fitted with a Touring-style Barchetta body identical to its original, as well as its later Vignale coupe body. Finishing the 2010 Mille Miglia as the highest placed Ferrari, it would be hard to find a more historically significant early competition Ferrari on the market today (Estimate: $3,000,000–$3,500,000).
Surely one of the most coveted of all road going Ferraris, RM’s Monterey sale will feature a superb 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico, chassis 2841SA. The seventh of just seventeen 400 SA Coupe Aerodinamicos produced on the short chassis, 2841SA is a well-known car, having been first seen in public in October 1961 at the Paris Motor Show, before being sold to its first owner, Count Fritz Herbert Somsky, of Geneva, Switzerland. The car has since spent a substantial number of years in the United States, where it received a complete frame-off restoration and was subsequently shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where it scored 99.5 points in the Ferrari GT class. Furthermore, it has been shown at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance where it received a coveted Platinum award, and, most recently won the Ferrari Club of America Southwest Region Platinum award for best GT car. Spectacular in the highly attractive color combination of blu sera with natural saddle leather interior, 2841SA is arguably the finest example of its kind in existence today (Estimate: $2,500,000–$3,000,000).
In addition to a superb group of Ferraris, RM Auctions’ Monterey sale will also lift the gavel on a superlative group of Maseratis. Joining the already announced 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder with coachwork by Frua, is another fabulous Maserati of the same era. The 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder, chassis 2053, with coachwork by Fantuzzi, was originally sold to noted etceterini importer Tony Pompeo, and it was exhibited for Pompeo when new by the great three-time world champion racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio. Chassis 2053 was then raced by Donald McKnought in the 1954 SCCA championship, receiving several 1st in Class finishes, as well as a 1st OA at Suffolk County at the hands of Bill Eager (Estimate: $2,450,000–$2,950,000).
Peter Giddings, the California-based vintage and historic racing authority who recently joined RM’s global team of car specialists, says, “Racing memories come flooding back when I eye the supreme list of cars consigned to the Monterey sale. The 750 Monza truly tugs at the heart strings; having driven both 750 and 860 variants, the Lampredi engine is a real stump puller in the torque department. The Maserati A6GCS/53 is another landmark. Credited for inventing the twin nostril nose, Fantuzzi surely designed and built the most beautiful of all coachwork.”
A longstanding tradition for collectors, spanning more than 25 years, RM’s Monterey sale returns to the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, California, from August 16–17. In 2012, RM’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week generated a remarkable $96 million in sales and established numerous world records in the process. This year’s event is set to feature yet another exclusive selection of best of category automobiles, with more than 100 blue-chip motor cars slated for the auction podium.
For further information, or to discuss limited consignment opportunities, please contact an RM specialist at +1 519 352 4575 or visit rmauctions.com.
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Photo Caption: 1955 Jaguar D-Type (Photo Credit Teddy Pieper © 2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions).
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