LONDON (15 April, 2014) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will lift the hammer on several lots that hold a particular place in the history of Monaco when its highly anticipated sale returns to the Principality on May 10. 2014, during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend. Whether it’s a car driven to victory in the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, or a stunning Riva boat used by one of history’s most glamorous and romantic royal couples along the Monaco coast line, the exclusive RM sale has it all.
- The stunning Riva Tritone, called Via, was famously delivered new to H.S.H. Prince Rainier III in 1958 for use by the Royal Family. Via was one of only 26 boats built by the world-renowned Riva company that year, and was a regular sight on the Monaco coast line, being occupied by the Prince and his wife, Princess Grace. Powered by its original pair of Chris-Craft MCL inline six-cylinder engines, each capable of producing 175 horsepower, Via boasts exceptional performance, and with only three owners from new, represents a unique opportunity for collectors. The recipient of a recent ground-up restoration, it is presented for sale in perfect, ready-to-go condition. A short video of Via in action is available for viewing here: http://bit.ly/monacoRiva (Estimate: €350.000–€500.000, without reserve). “As well as being a boat of exceptional beauty, quality, and performance, this wonderful Riva in undoubtedly a unique piece of Monaco’s cultural history”, says Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager and Specialist, RM Auctions, Europe.
- If driving the streets of Monaco in a grand prix-winning car is more appealing than cruising the coastline in a glorious boat, you may like to consider registering to bid on the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix-winning Brabham-Repco BT20, chassis number F1-2-66. This 300 brake-horsepower, V-8 engine Formula One car is a genuine piece of Monaco racing history, as it was driven to victory in Monaco by Denny Hulme en route to his 1967 Drivers’ Championship. F1-2-66 first saw action at the French Grand Prix on 3 July 1966, but 1967 proved to be the most significant season for the car, as it became a focal point of the Brabham team’s championship efforts that year. The vehicle was driven exclusively by Hulme for the first half of the season, finishing 4th at Kyalami on 2 January and 2nd at Oulton Park on 15 April, before taking its first chequered flag on 7 May at the Monaco Grand Prix, a moment which was unquestionably the car’s greatest racing accomplishment and is regarded by most within the sport as the “blue ribbon” event in grand prix racing. F1-2-66 returned to Monaco in 1997 to participate in the Historic Grand Prix. This Brabham-Repco is well-known in the F1 and vintage racing communities, and comes to auction in exceptional, fully-restored condition, ready to continue its racing career in the hands of a lucky new owner (Estimate: €580.000 – €720.000).
A highlight on the global collector car calendar, RM’s biennial, multi-million euro Monaco sale returns to the Principality on May 10. In total, the exclusive sale will present a magnificent roster of more than 80 blue-chip automobiles, joined by a stunning pair of Riva boats, two motorcycles, and four lots of coveted automotive memorabilia. As many as seven automobiles are expected to fetch prices exceeding €1.000.000, of which three vehicles carry pre-sale estimates of more than €4.000.000. For further information, or to view the complete digital catalogue, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call + 44 (0) 20 7851 7070.
About RM Auctions: RM Auctions is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds six of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction, and RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honours at the world’s top concours events. For further information, please visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.