RM Auctions has continuously brought the “best of the best’ to its annual Monterey, California sale that is held during the same weekend as the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This year the auction company returns to the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center on August 17 & 18 with 120 blue-chip automobiles slated for the sale, including the Pebble Beach ‘Best of Show’ winning 1938 Horch 853A Erdmann & Rossi Sport Cabriole .
One of only three known surviving examples of its kind, the sensational Horch 853A was designed by Fritz Fiedler, who later created the BMW 315 and 328. With coachwork by prominent German coachbuilders Erdmann & Rossi, it was the most expensive car offered by Auto Union, and came equipped with a 120 bhp 5.0-liter straight-eight engine and such modern features as vacuum-boosted hydraulic brakes, overdrive in all four gears, and a unique hydraulic jacking system.
This particular Horch was commissioned in 1939 and imported into the US in the late-1940s by a World War II veteran, before eventually finding its way into the collection of Herbert Von Fragstein in the early-1970s. With a vision to restore the car, Von Fragstein spent almost 30 years scouring the world for parts before selling it to its current owner in 2001. Its success at Pebble Beach has been complemented by a string of other coveted ‘Best of Show’ accolades in recent years, including at the New York City Concours (2005), the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance (2006), the Glenmoor Gathering (2008), and the Ault Park Concours (2009).
Two other headline attractions for the sale include a spectacular 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Berlinetta and a flawless 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe. The extraordinarily rare 410 S, chassis 0594 CM, is the only example built with a closed body, while the stunning Talbot-Lago, chassis 93064, is the sole Jeancart-style Teardrop originally built upon a four-liter T23 chassis.
In ivory with a blue leather interior, the exceptional 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Berlinetta, chassis 0594 CM, is considered by many as one of the world’s most desirable road-going Ferraris. The second of just four coveted 410 S’s built makes this Berlinetta truly unique with its one-of-a-kind Scaglietti body. The upcoming Monterey sale represents its first appearance in North America and its auction debut, an occasion that is expected to garner significant attention from the world’s most elite collectors.
Equally stunning and particularly elegant, the 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop Coupe, chassis 93064, is another wonderful example of a rolling work of art to be admired at RM’s Monterey auction . One of only five Jeancart-style cars built, this beautiful aerodynamic coupe was delivered new in February 1938 to a French resident before being shown at the 1938 Concours d’Elegance de l’Auto. Imported into the United States in the late-1940s, the Talbot-Lago Teardrop has a well-documented chain of ownership, including a brief stint in Japan in the late-1980s and more recently, in the UK. With a recent, no-expense-spared, body-off frame restoration in France by marque experts, it is estimated to sell between $2,500,000 and $3,200,000.
August 15 - 18, 2012
Admission to Preview:
Guest Pass - $50. Admits one (1) to preview.
Catalogue - $150. Admits two (2) to preview.
August 17 & 18, 2012
Admission to the Auction:
Bidder Registration - $300. Includes an official auction catalogue, and admission for two (2) to all preview and auction days. The auction is limited to registered bidders, consignors and qualified media only.
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, California 93940
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