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DESIGN MASTERPIECES: RM SOTHEBY’S UNVEILS ART DECO TALBOT-LAGO T150-C AND ONE-OFF FERRARI ‘UOVO’ FOR KEY SPRING, SUMMER SALES

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  • RM Sotheby’s displays early highlights for its Lake Como, Italy, and Monterey, California sales at Rétromobile
  • Sensational 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi leads early entries for  RM’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este sale, 27 May in Italy
  • One-off 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’ to be offered for first time in over three decades at RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey, California sale, 18-19 August
  • Both vehicles on view at Rétromobile, 8 -12 February in Paris
  • Further event information available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

PARIS (7 February, 2017) – In addition to presenting a thrilling roster of motor cars at Place Vauban tomorrow (8 February), RM Sotheby’s is set to wow collectors in Paris this week as it unveils two exciting highlights for its key spring and summer sales: a striking 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé, and the one-off 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’.  From exuberant 1930s French design to one of the most compelling and recognizable coachbuilt Ferraris of the Enzo-era, the two curvaceous motor cars will be on show at  RM’s Rétromobile stand, 8-12 February, ahead of their respective presentations at the company’s Lake Como, Italy, and Monterey, California sales later in the year.

 

A French Masterpiece by the Lake: 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé


Considered by many as one of the most attractive automotive designs of all time, the Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi is nothing short of an art deco masterpiece on wheels; its fanciful curves and sensuous lines largely credited as ushering in the era of the automobile as an art form. Also known as the ‘Teardrop’, the ‘Goutte d’Eau Coupé’ represents the finest collaboration between the famed Parisian coachbuilders, Figoni et Falaschi, and the celebrated French marque. In total, just 16 cars were ultimately produced in two series. As each was coachbuilt, there were minor, and sometimes, even major variations from one car to another.

 

According to Claude Figoni, the example secured by RM, chassis no. 90110, is the second car built with front spats, and has remained in Switzerland the vast majority of its life. The recipient of a magnificent, concours-quality restoration in 2002, it is sure to impress not only spectators visiting Rétromobile this week, but also at RM’s Lake Como, Italy sale, scheduled 27 May during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend (Est. €3.200.000–€4.200.000).

 

“The Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé remains one of the most spectacular automotive designs the world has ever seen. To that end, chassis no. 90110 is a terrific fit with our Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este sale, which is dedicated to celebrating excellence and beauty,” comments Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.

 

A One-Off Berlinetta, California Bound: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’


Another eye-catching design, the Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo, chassis no. 024MB, leads early entries for RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey, California sale, 18-19 August.

 

Boasting unique coachwork by Carrozzeria Fontana, and lovingly nicknamed “Uovo” for its distinctive egg-shaped design, the one-off Berlinetta has remained a significant part of Ferrari lore for decades. Giannino Marzotto specifically commissioned Fontana of Padova and the famous sculptor, Franco Reggani, to create the streamlined body style for maximum efficiency and performance. The resulting ‘Uovo’ bodywork and underlying Ferrari chassis and drivetrain quickly proved competitive.  In 1951, the Uovo held the lead of both the Mille Miglia and the Giro di Sicilia before it was forced to retire;  it is widely believed that it would have likely won both races had it not been sidelined. Later that year, it ran to victory at the Coppa Toscana, confirming its great engineering. The Uovo’s important period race history also includes a return to Mille Miglia in 1952, as well as countless other events in Italy and California throughout the 1950s.

 

Acquired by its current owner in 1986, the Uovo has been seldom seen in public view over the past two decades, aside from a brief display at the Museo Enzo Ferrari. Now, offered for the first time in over thirty years, it is set to amaze audiences once again, this time in California, where it will be offered complete with an extensive history file and eligibility for many of the world’s leading vintage racing and concours events (Estimate available upon request).

 

“It’s thrilling to be able to present a unique and renowned Ferrari, such as the iconic Uovo, in Ferrari’s 70th anniversary year, particularly after 30 years in single ownership,” adds Sabatié-Garat. “We’re excited to also have the opportunity to showcase the car at Rétromobile this week, which is also celebrating Ferrari’s special 70 year milestone.”

 

Enthusiasts interested in inspecting the T150-C SS or the Uovo at this week’s Rétromobile show in Paris will find the RM exhibit in Pavilion 1, Stand N29 at the Porte de Versailles. In addition to previewing the company’s forthcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Monterey auctions, RM car specialists will be on hand to offer collectors a resource for auction and restoration services.

 

For further information or to discuss limited consignment opportunities for upcoming events, please call +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 (Europe) or +1 310 559 4575 (North America), or visit www.rmsothebys.com .

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

csmyth@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

ikelleher@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Peter Wallman

pwallman@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more