RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the complete catalogue of remarkable cars to feature within its first ever Swiss sale, to be held in St. Moritz and in association with the Bernina Gran Turismo on 17 September.
- RM Sotheby’s launches digital catalogue for new boutique auction in St. Moritz, in association with the Bernina Gran Turismo and the ‘International St. Moritz Automobile Week’
- Sale to feature 24 blue-chip, high-value cars spanning the entire post-war period
- Final consignments include race winning 2002 McLaren MP4 17D, ex-Qatari Royal Family 1989 Porsche 959, 2012 Aston Martin One-77 and 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
- The live sale will take place on 17 September before the famous hillclimb event
- Additional information available at rmsothebys.com
Continuing RM Sotheby’s recent run of exclusive, boutique European sales, the St. Moritz auction comprises 24 stunning lots offering a selection of some of the world’s rarest and most desirable cars spanning more than 70 years of automotive history.
Adding to the star lots already announced, RM Sotheby’s is delighted to offer the V10-powered 2002 McLaren MP4 17D, a chassis raced 12 times during the 2002 and 2003 Formula 1 Seasons piloted by legendary drivers Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard and driven to victory by Coulthard at the 2003 Australian Grand Prix. The car also boasts a further three 2nd-place and two 3rd-place finishes across both seasons. This remarkable piece of Formula One history is a truly extraordinary and rare opportunity for any serious collector. (Estimate: CHF2,000,000 – CHF2,500,000).
Equally unique is the remarkable 1989 Porsche 959 to be offered in St. Moritz. Any 959 is a rare machine, being a limited production, competition-derived model launched by Porsche in 1986, the car offered is a one-owner-from-new example that was produced in secrecy as one of seven 959s exclusively built for the Royal family in Qatar in 1989. All the cars featured a unique and different specification, with each car specified in a different colour and complementary interior as well as a number of unique and personal touches. This example was ordered in Wine Red Metallic over a complimentary burgundy and grey leather interior. The top part of the dash panel is designed with a sliver of wood-effect trim, below which the car is fitted with the period-correct Blaupunkt Bremen SQR 46 cassette radio. Remarkably, the odometer reads only 961 kilometres at the time of cataloguing, with its royal Qatari owner using it sparingly over his 30-plus years of enjoyment. With extensive recommissioning work recently undertaken by Centre Porsche Genève, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an historically significant car. (Estimate: CHF1,500,000 – CHF1,700,000).
Joining the already announced 300 SL Roadster is a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, one of the sought-after sports cars of the 1950s. The example offered is matching-numbers car restored to a very high standard by specialists, Kienle Automobiltechnik and is classically finished in silver with a red leather interior. Also benefitting from chrome knock-off steel wheels and a Becker Europa II radio, the car is estimated at CHF1,290,000 – CHF1,500,000.
As the name suggests, the 2012 Aston Martin One-77 is indeed one of just 77 cars ever produced. At launch, the One-77 was the most powerfully naturally aspirated cars in the world; today it remains Aston Martin’s fastest road-going car, capable of hitting a top speed in excess of 220 mph, with 0-62 mph achievable in just 3.7 seconds. The car offered has had only two owners from new and has covered a mere 1,009 km and is offered with an Aston Martin Certificate of Authenticity and EC Certificate of Conformity. (Estimate: CHF1,100,000 – CHF1,500,000).
For Swiss collectors, the idea of securing an important 1950s sportscar that has spent its entire life in the country, will be hard to resist. The 1955 Austin-Healey 100S is believed to be the only 100S directly exported from the factory to Switzerland and is one of only 50 production alloy-bodied examples manufactured. Restored by Austin-Healey specialist Steve Pike and boasting an extensive and well-documented period competition history, this rare and versatile car is estimated at CHF650,000 – CHF900,000.
The earliest car in the sale is the stunning 1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Graber, understood to be one of only two 135M Cabriolet examples built by Graber of Switzerland. The beautiful and remarkably modern design sits atop one of the finest post-war French chassis, and the entire car was restored in 1998. Presented in rich dark blue and complimented by a well-maintained red leather interior, the car features in a number of historical books about the Delahaye marque. (Estimate: CHF275,000 – CHF325,000).
Something entirely new and different to feature in the auction, is the Pininfarina Leggenda Simulator, the first of nine simulators made that simulate the experience of driving a classic car. This remarkable and beautiful product is designed and hand-made by Pininfarina at the company’s factory in Cambiano, Italy to celebrate 90th anniversary of the start of Battista “Pinin” Farina’s long and celebrated career. Users can drive their favourite cars on virtual roads and tracks based on the most iconic locations around the world. A truly unique product that blends high-end technology with stunning craftsmanship, and the winning bidder will also benefit from membership to The eClassic Club, an online community for enthusiasts. (Estimate: CHF120,000 – CHF150,000).
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