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REMARKABLY PURE FERRARI 166 MM COMPLETES RM SOTHEBY’S STELLAR OFFERING AT AMELIA ISLAND

Amelia Island

 

  • RM Sotheby’s rounds out superlative Amelia Island catalogue with an exceptionally pure 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta
  • A two-time Mille Miglia entrant, chassis 0058 M is the latest in a series of multi-million-dollar entries confirmed for RM Sotheby’s 10-11 March sale
  • The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, RM’s two-day Amelia Island event also shines spotlight on ‘A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith’, to be offered largely without reserve, 10 March
  • Collection highlights include a spectacular 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III “Tipo Bocca” by Pinin Farina, and a virtually flawless 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe "Honeymoon Express" by Freestone & Webb
  • Complete RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island digital catalogues now available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

BLENHEIM, Ontario (15 February, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is thrilled to unveil the final highlight for its forthcoming Amelia Island sale: the exceptionally pure, matching-numbers 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, chassis no. 0058 M. Offered from one of America’s leading car collections, the revered 166 MM rounds out a stellar lineup for RM’s two-day sale at the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, 10 – 11 March.

 

A remarkably pure, two-time Mille Miglia Veteran
The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM, chassis no. 0058 M, comes to market an exemplary example of the model, and one of the most important and beautiful Ferraris ever built. The 27th of just 32 166 MM examples, and the 23rd of only 25 Touring barchettas, it was delivered to its first owner of record in June 1950, before being gifted to future Scuderia Ferrari racing driver, Eugenio Castelotti, who would race the car at many of the leading events throughout Italy, including the Mille Miglia in 1951. Chassis 0058 M returned to the Mille Miglia in 1953 before being exported to the United States where it continued its racing pursuits, including at the Pebble Beach Road Races.

 

In addition to its competition pedigree, 0058 M boasts a distinguished ownership record, having been carefully maintained by some of the hobby’s most discerning collectors, including more than two decades with respected Ferrari Club of America Chief Judge, Ed Gilbertson. During his custodianship, Gilbertson actively enjoyed the car, presenting it at a string of FCA events to great acclaim. Over the years, 0058 M has also enjoyed a decorated concours career, including no less than five appearances at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where in 1979, it was awarded the coveted Hans Tanner Trophy. Testament to its incredible originality, it has also garnered multiple Platinum awards at the Cavallino Classic, FCA National Meet and Concorso Italiano.

 

Beyond its provenance, 0058 M’s extreme desirability lies in its incredible purity and authenticity. Extraordinarily original, it is matching numbers throughout, including its original Touring body, V-12 engine, gearbox and differential, and comes to Amelia Island complete with the all-important Ferrari Classiche certification (Est. $8,000,000-$10,000,000).

 

“The 166 MM is, unequivocally, one of the most important sports cars ever constructed; it is essentially the cornerstone on which Ferrari built their successful formula, or if you like, the padrino of all the short-block based competition cars that followed, from the 195 and 212 Exports to the 225 S, the 250 GT Tour de France and Testa Rossa. As such, its significance in the marque’s history cannot be overstated,” says Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.

 

“In the rarefied air that is Ferrari’s 166 MM, 0058 M is one of the best of the very best,” adds Myers. “It possesses all of the critical attributes a collector wants in a Ferrari sports racer: rarity, period racing history in Italy and the U.S., a high level of originality, as well as a successful show career. A very special car and extremely eligible for the world’s top concours and driving events, we’re thrilled to bring it to market in Amelia Island.”

 

The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith

Beyond a fantastic stable of Ferraris, all eyes will be on RM Sotheby’s presentation of ‘A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith’ – a superlative group of 63 automobiles offered largely ‘without reserve’ during an exclusive evening sale on Friday, 10 March. In addition to previously announced feature cars, catalogue highlights include a spectacular 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III “Tipo Bocca” by Pinin Farina, the centerpiece of the Smith Collection, along with a virtually flawless 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe "Honeymoon Express" by Freestone & Webb.

 

With its aerodynamic profile, the Lancia Astura, chassis no. 33-5313, is the pinnacle of pre-war Lancias. Sporting unique coachwork by Mario Revelli di Beaumont for Pinin Farina, it is believed to be the first of three or fewer PF cabriolets built on the sporting, ‘Corto' short-wheelbase chassis from a total six cabriolets including the long wheelbase 4-seater. A masterpiece of Italian design and engineering, it first wowed audiences on Pinin Farina’s stand at the 1936 Milano Motor Show, where it was awarded the President’s Cup from the Registro Ancetre Club Italia. This was closely followed by a class award at the inaugural Concorso d’Eleganza San Remo in May 1937. A cherished part of the Orin Smith Collection since 2011, in recent years the Astura has been restored to international concours standards, the quality of which has earned it accolades both sides of the pond, including special awards at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Most recently, it was exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles as part of their “Rolling Sculpture” exhibit of advanced streamlined design. Notably, a sister car to this lovely Astura, in long-wheelbase form, was awarded Best of Show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, cementing its importance to design and elegance for the era (Est. $2,000,000-$2,600,000).



The “Honeymoon Express” is another magnificent automobile reflecting Orin Smith’s incredible eye for automotive artistry, and represents the most extravagant, streamlined “Jet Age” design on a Rolls-Royce chassis; never before had such modern styling been seen on a conservative British luxury automobile. The example on offer, chassis no. SGE270, is one of only two built to the “Honeymoon Express” design, and, with its sister car in long-term ownership, the only example available or likely to become so. The recipient of a superb, award-winning restoration by marque specialists, it has enjoyed a known history with three, private long-term owners from new (Est. $1,300,000-$1,800,000). The complete Orin Smith Collection digital catalogue is available here: http://bit.ly/2kyUZgi

 

Additional notable attractions for RM Sotheby’s two-day Amelia Island sale include:

 

  • a fascinating and exceptionally well-documented 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta Competizione Conversion, chassis no. 14115, ordered to competition specification through Luigi Chinetti and intended to compete at the 1972 12 Hours of Sebring. The car unfortunately never got to take to the track in period, but is more than ready for competition today, having undergone a five-year restoration to its true competition specification (Est. $1,250,000-$1,500,000);

 

  • an immaculate, Ferrari Classiche certified 1995 Ferrari F50, chassis no. 104220, originally delivered to famed heavyweight Champion boxer, Mike Tyson, and showing just 5,694 actual miles (Est. $2,200,000-$2,400,000); and,

 

  • a pair of Lamborghinis from the noted collection of American comedian and media personality, Adam Carolla, including an exceptionally well-preserved, unrestored 1965 350 GT, chassis no. 0232, showing less than 37,300 miles from new and featured in a Gucci commercial starring James Franco (Est. $600,000-$750,000), and a 1969 Islero 400 GT, chassis no. 6267,  which retains its original special-order pigskin interior (Est. $250,000-$300,000).

 

The complete digital catalogue for RM Sotheby’s traditional Amelia Island day sale, 11 March, is available here: http://bit.ly/2lixvjO.

 

For further information, please call +1 519 352 4575 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

+1 212 894 1981
New York, 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

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