Auction fever comes to Monaco


The next couple of days look set for an auction frenzy with Bonhams, Coys and RM all hosting sales with some star-studded lots.

It kicked off today with Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco sale, which includes such cars as an ex-Luigi Scarfiotti 1930s Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Grand Sport Spider (€850-950,000), Bugatti’s ’90s supercar the EB110GT (€200-240,000) and the 1980 Carrozzeria Pininfarina Ferrari Pinin saloon (€500-600,000).

The Pinin starred at the 1980 Turin Motor Show in celebration of Pininfarina’s 50th Birthday and is one of only a handful of four-door Ferraris. It featured Ferrari’s 5-litre 12-cylinder boxer engine, unique (we think) for a front-engined Ferrari.

Unfortunately, the groundbreaking Ferrari never made it to production and remained a static show car until it was re-commissioned in March 2010 with largely updated internals.

Among the many collectables on sale at RM’s Monaco auction to be held tomorrow (12 May) are a Ferrari 250GT Lusso (£515-565,000) and a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 1 (estimate undisclosed). At the top of the page is a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider (£2.5-3.1million) that will likely top the Sale, but there’s a host of other rarities we’ve already covered including a Ferrari 375MM Spider and an ex-Fangio Talbot-Lago.

One of the more unusual lots is undoubtedly the 1951 Piero Taruffi speed-record car (£130-165,000).  With Taruffi at the helm, the twin-boom Tarf II took records for both the flying mile and the flying kilometre at 185 and 180mph respectively; it went on to set a number of other records. It was originally fitted with a 1720cc Maserati four-cylinder engine that has since been replaced with a Ferrari 246 Dino V6, which runs through a Rover gearbox.

Meanwhile, at noon tomorrow Coys’ Monaco sale gets under way with cars such as a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing going under the hammer (€550-650,000). Also up for grabs will be this supercharged Mercedes 1935 500K (€700-800,000) Cabriolet and a 1971 Alpine- Renault A110 Group 4 (€65-75,000).

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