London sales of retro mobiles

Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta. 1964. Estimate £2 250 000–2 750 000. Automobiles of London. RM. London, October 2

On October, 29 the specialized RM auction house will hold the large annual sales Automobiles of London to its 30th anniversary in London Battersea Park. Over 75 exclusive cars will be put up for sales. They will include such rare models of the pre-war period such as the 1938 Bugatti Type 57 and cult sport cars of 1960s.

The 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta will be the main highlight of the collection. The lot is estimated at £ 2 250 000-2 750 000.

The legendary 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster was estimated at £1 500 000-2 000 000 1938. Being one of the best German brands of the premium class Horch, along with Audi, DKW and Wanderer was a part of the celebrated Auto Union concern.

Two-seater roadster Bentley of 1924 is another interesting lot. This car, the first model of the famous British manufacturer had already become the present legend in 1920s. Bentley became the favourite “toy” of the rich admirers of speed and adrenaline. In 1924 the price for this copy made over £1000. Today it is put up for sales with the estimate of £600 000-700 000.

The exclusive “Frenchman” Bugatti Type 57 Atlante of 1938 is of a little bit lower estimate. The American collector John W. Straus was its owner. The car was in one of the New York garages for 45 years. Found out in 2007 it will be put up for the auction sales estimated at £560 000-660 000.

On the fifth position of the list of top lots of the RM is Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo of 1924. The model made for the Parisian automobile exhibition of 1924 was a part of the Ettore Bugatti’s collection. The famous champion of Formula-1 Jean Alesi was one of the owners of a graceful classical limousine. The car is estimated at £300 000-400 000.

Automobiles of London which will take place under the auspices of Sotheby’s can be in the number of the largest automobile auctions. As RM’s Chief Executive Max Girardo said: “the forthcoming auction sales not only attract the attention of the whole automobile world but will be the symbol of the revival of the classical auction tradition in a new way”.

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