Last weekend saw one of the biggest fixtures on the international classic car calender when the annual Concorso d’Eleganza returned to Villa d’Este. There was a staggering display of one-off vehicles and concept cars. But for some in attendance they weren’t there to just watch, they were there to buy in RM Auctions first ever auction at the event.
There was a broad range of rare classic on the docket with only one thing in common – being extremely expensive. The top sellers included an art-deco styled 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS (pictured top) which sold for nearly $4.5 million USD, an ultra rare four-cylinder Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa achieved just under $4 million USD, Ford’s 1965 GT40 roadster prototype and the 1947 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante went for just under $3 million USD each. Ferrari classics on sale included some gems from the 1950s like a 1959 250 California which sold for $3.6M USD and a ’53 250 MM at $3M USD. Not surprisingly it was a ’50s era Ferrari that took top dollar on the day in the form of an exquisite and highly coveted 1955 375 MM selling for $4.8M USD. Read the rest of this entry »
Eccentric fashion designer Ralph Lauren has unveiled the extend of his classic car collection for the first time and has put it on display in Europe.
The collection is being displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and will be part of an exhibit devoted to the collection called “The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection”.
The opening night gala played host to some notable guests, including internationally-known French actor Jean Reno and F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart.
As you’d expect the collection includes some fine sheetmetal like a 1938 Bugatti, a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa as well as a more recent 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago.
Lauren has been known as one of the world’s most renowned car collectors for some time and this collection proves the credibility of his tastes.
Check out the video below to hear from the man himself and see some of this rides. Read the rest of this entry »
Who wouldn’t want a vehicle with Bugatti Veyron levels of power but with room for the kids and shopping. If you have some serious coin to spend this dream is now becoming a reality.
Bugatti is ready to make this dream reality and is going to build a four-door supercar to destroy all others. That’s right, Bugatti’s Galibier concept car has reportedly been given the green light for production.
Better have your pennies saved because the production version of the Galibier certainly won’t come cheap and is expected to be priced around $1.4 million USD.
While official specs haven’t been released it’s rumoured that Bugatti’s W16 engine will arrive under the bonnet in full 745kW form. But other reports are ruining the party with suggestions that Bugatti will drop off two turbochargers meaning only two will be in operation this will cause power to dip to a mere 600kW. Read the rest of this entry »
Last Saturday a packed saleroom in Sydney was the scene of some spirited bidding on a number of motor cars at Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction. The auction generated total sales of AUS$1,180,583. The highlight of the sale was the 1926 Bugatti Type 38 restoration project — completely dismantled, incomplete and lacking engine and body — which realised $110,400 ($140,500 NZ), some seven times it’s pre-sale auction estimate. Seven telephone bidders fought against six absentee bids and five people in the room with a northern hemisphere telephone bidder victorious. When Robert Glover, Bonhams Head of Motor Cars Australia, informed the lady owner how much the car sold for there was a stunned silence followed by a tearful thanks.
Britain also had success on Australian soil — with a 1925 Bentley 3-litre Speed Model VdP Tourer and an ultra rare right hand drive 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy roadster selling very well at $329,500 AUS and $249,200 AUS respectively.
Over 75% of the lots offered in the Automobilia and Motor Car sale found new homes with buyers from the USA, UK and France bidding against the domestic market.
Robert Glover said, “Given the strength of the Australian dollar against other world currencies we were pleasantly surprised by the level of overseas bidding at the sale. Whilst the Australians often won out, it clearly demonstrates the reach and importance of Bonhams global motoring network.”
Bugatti GP Cars at the 2010 Quail Motorsports gathering
Earlier this year car sales history was made when an unnamed buyer shelled out a record $30-$40 million USD for a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic (read news).
For many the Atlantic is one of the most exotic and exclusive vehicles ever built, this particular 57SC Atlantic is just one of three built and one of only two still in existence. The Gooding & Company auction house completed the sale and it’s the second time this exact car exchanged hands for a record figure. The previous owner, Dr. Peter Williamson, bought the car back in 1971 $59,000 USD – a ridiculous amount at the time.
With a vehicle of this significance appearances outside top-level concours events are rare but now the Mullin Automotive Museum has announced that they will have the car on display at its California facility starting on August 10th.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to display the Bugatti Atlantic at our Art Deco museum,” said Peter Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “The Art Deco Movement was driven by people who were fascinated by invention and innovation – by the exotic nature of new technology and materials, by art and design, by speed and by the machine – no automobile captures this spirit more than the Bugatti Atlantic. In the historic pantheon of automobiles the Atlantic is without peer.”
If you’re over Stateside and are interested in seeing this Bugatti then click here for details from the Mullin Automotive Museum website.
Speed testing the Bugatti Veyron
California, U.S.A is a great place to be if you’re a classic car fan there’s the annual festivities in Monterey, the world-class concours in Palm Springs, and car museums like the Petersen and Nethercutt Collections. Now, another large classics collection is being prepared to be opened to the public next month. Opening on April 15 in Oxnard, California, the Mullin Automotive Museum is ready to show the vehicles of Pebble Beach-winner and Monterey Historics racer Peter Mullin, and could be a must-see attraction if you find yourself in the area.
Apparently the Mullin Automotive Museum will pay homage to the art deco and machine age design eras (1918-1941). The musuem centerpiece will be a huge collection of unrestored Bugattis, but other iconic old school brands like Delahaye, Delage, Talbot-Lago, Voisin and Hispano-Suiza should feature. There will also be French cars with coachwork by masters like Chapron, Figoni et Falaschi, Gangloff, Vanvooren, Labourdette, Letourneur et Marchand and Saoutchik among others.
The museum will also show art and furniture from the same era and will have an entire floor devoted to “Club Bugatti.” The Mullin will provide a home to 100 gorgeous vehicles of the era and also some less beautiful but still significant vehicles including 30 unrestored cars and a collection of Grand Prix and Le Mans cars. So if your travels ever take you to Oxnard, California be sure to check it out.
Photo: Michael Furman Photography