The upcoming Grand Prix de Monaco to be held in May this year will now be a 2-day affair to showcase, and exchange hands regarding the cream of investment grade vintage automobiles. Whether it is the world’s largest Ducati bike collection, or the sale of the Ferrari Powered Hydroplane, some of the auto world’s best vintage masterpieces will go under the hammer at the auction. Some of the others which caught our attention were the 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spyder Corsa, 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo, and the 1950 Talbot Lago T26 GS, which will also feature as a part of the sale.
·1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spyder Corsa
When there is a Ferrari in the running, it’s got to be at the top of list when it comes to vintage car lovers. This particular Ferrari was only the 6th in line of the total number of the same model ever produced. What is also known about the car is that it remains one of the most raced Ferraris in history, and has an elaborate race record to boast of. Between 1948 and 1952 itself, there were 2 Mille Miglias, and 2 Targa Florios races where it had outperformed the others in the races. Even though, it’s been a while since its last race, care has been taken to ensure that each and every part renders this vehicle virtually new to use, thus commanding a high auction estimate between $1.44 million- $2.35 million.
· 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo Daytona
Out of the racing history that the car brand can boast of, the 1968 Tipo Daytona remains one of its finest creations. In 1968, when it raced at the Imola event with the hands of Nino Vaccarella and Teodoro Zeccoli, it had a comfortable lead over anything within the competition and hence won the event. One of the main reasons was the 2-liter 8-cylinder powerhouse for an engine, which was a significant addition in race cars of that age, other than those used by Ferrari.
· 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS
At an age, which was known for the rise of Ferrari and Lamborghini as a brand on the racing circuit, very few cars competed to be amongst notary such as the 1950 Talbot Lago T26 GS, one of France auto masterpieces post the 2nd World War. Of the many things it can boast of other than the immaculate condition and restoration work done, is the 1951 Le Mans race when it was driven around by Louis Rosier and Juan Manuel Fangio to victory. Other noted drivers included Georges Grignard, and Guy Mairesse who have also enjoyed a fair run on this vehicle. Since the year 1958, it has been under the aegis of a single owner, who is responsible for its optimum condition today.
The other most noted auction, which we have previously mentioned is the Saltarelli Ducati bike collection, which will see some significant pieces go under the hammer. Amongst them will be the 1972 Imola racer 7500SS bike which is expected to sell between $212,190- $282,920, other than the 1990 SBK 888 bike which is supposed to bring in $113,168- $141,460, as per auction estimates. For those who are fans of modern day bike racing icons, there is a GP11 bike raced by Valentino Rossi as well, amongst the total of 100 such racing 2-wheelers. Other than just being a spectacular display of vintage auto craftsmanship, the RM Auctions event after the Grand Prix will sure be a racing lovers delight.