Top 5 Classic Cars At RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction

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Top 5 Classic Cars At RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction

RM Sotheby’s car specialist Paul Darvill reveals his top picks of cars on the auction block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming event at Villa Erba in Lake Como, Italy.

Written by Paul Darvill on 26 May 2017

RM Sotheby’s car specialist Paul Darvill reveals his top picks of cars on the auction block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming event at Villa Erba in Lake Como, Italy.

1989 aston martin v8 vantage volante zagato

Top 5 Classic Cars At RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Auction

Rarity
1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato
Estimate: €450,000 – €550,000 [US$447,464 –US$615,263]

When purchasing a collector car, it is important to look at where it fits into a production line. Doing this ensures that it is indeed as special as you believe it to be. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato on offer at the sale this weekend at Villa Erba is not only fast but also rare. How rare? It is the only left-hand-drive of its kind ever built. While the V8’s style has inspired debate, there is no doubting the Aston’s investment value. One can easily draw a parallel to the current state of the Porsche market; the market is on the rise, especially for cars that are extremely rare within their model or generation. Being virtually the only car of its kind, you are also likely to hold the missing piece to someone else’s collection.

1993 porsche 911 carrera rsr 3.8

1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato

Originality
1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8
Estimate: €2,000,000 – €2,200,000 [US$2,237,320 – US$2,461,050]

Over the last few years, highly original or “barn-find” cars are becoming of particular interest to collectors. Increasingly, investors and collectors are looking for classic cars that are untouched and in mint condition. The Porsche RSR set to cross the auction block on Saturday is virtually untouched with a mere 10 kilometres (km) on the clock. While there is of course still an interest in authentically restored cars, the search for originality and purity is on the rise.

1930 alfa romeo 6c 1750 gran sport spider
4th series by carrozzeria sport s.a.

1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8

Eligibility
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider 4th Series
by Carrozzeria Sport S.A.

Estimate: €2,200,000 – €2,600,000 [US$2,461,050 – US$2,908,520]

More and more, collectors are after cars that they can not only use, but also serve as tickets to the best driving events around the world. Participating in these events can also increase the value of the car. The 6C 1750 on offer at Villa Erba is an excellent example of a pre-war car that can enter vintage driving events. For example, the 6C 1750 is eligible for entry into the Mille Miglia – a renowned and historic open-road endurance race through Italy. This unique characteristic makes this pick more valuable than others that do not qualify.

2015 porsche 918 “weissach” spyder

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider 4th Series by Carrozzeria Sport S.A.

Modern Performance
2015 Porsche 918 “Weissach” Spyder
Estimate: €1,200.000 – €1,400.000 [US$ 1,342,390 – US$ 1,566,120]

There is no questioning the ever-growing interest in modern, low-production supercars – specifically those with low mileage. While all three of the cars within the “holy trinity” of hypercars offered at Villa Erba – the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR, 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, and 2015 Porsche 918 “Weissach” Spyder – are exceptional, the Porsche 918 is particularly exciting. As an investment, the 918 is the best in its category, complete with the much sought-after, weight-reducing Weissach package, paint-to-sample arrow blue colour, and less than 11,000 km in mileage. Each of the three hypercars on auction descend from a legendary lineage of supercars that came before.

2001 ferrari 550 barchetta pininfarina

2015 Porsche 918 “Weissach” Spyder

The last of its kind
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
Estimate: €360,000 – €400,000 [US$402,718 – US$447,464]

As technology progresses, there are collectors who are looking back on earlier eras with nostalgia, craving a more tactile and traditional experience behind the wheel. The 550 Barchetta on auction represents the end of a development phase – the last of the manual transmission, and naturally aspirated-engine supercars. While modern cars are separating the driver from the experience, the 550 Barchetta embraces the feel of the drive. This car is Classiche-certified, has low-mileage, and is in top condition. Being the last of its kind, it represents a unique investment opportunity for any buyer. At its price category, it is a steal that offers authenticity wrapped in a modern package.

The auction will be held on 27 May 2017 at Villa Erba, which is set against the dramatic scenery of Lake Como, Italy.

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