Coachbuilt Beauties at Sotheby's Villa Erba sale include 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Goutte d'Eau Coupe

Coachbuilt Beauties at Sotheby's Villa Erba sale include  1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Goutte d'Eau Coupe

In keeping with the focus of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este celebrating great automotive design, this year’s Villa Erba offering showcases a magnificent series of coachbuilt classics that will grace the shores of Lake Como at RM Sotheby’s May sale. The offering once again has a strong emphasis on elegance and sophistication in styling, as illustrated by the selection handpicked by our specialists. Highlighting these coachbuilt beauties is a 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde by Saoutchik, a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti, and the absolutely breathtaking 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi. To view these and the rest of the stunning line-up at the Villa Erba auction to be held on 27 May

1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS 'Goutte d’Eau' Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi

Estimate: €3.200.000 - €3.800.000
· An authentic example of the famed Talbot-Lago ‘teardrop’ coupé
· Rare SWB lightweight T150-C SS sports-racing chassis; original chassis, engine, and drivetrain
· Restored to its original teardrop design first fitted to this chassis
· One of two examples with fully enclosed front fenders
· An iconic Figoni et Falaschi design, coveted the world over for its outstanding beauty
· Among the most desirable coachbuilt sporting automobiles of its era


Lots also include:

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype by Carrosserie Bugatti
Estimate: €2.800.000 - €3.200.000
· The third Atalante built; unique early Atalante coachwork features
· Extremely rare coachwork by Molsheim’s in-house carrosserie
· One of approximately 34 built on the Type 57 chassis
· Originally owned by two-time Targa Florio winner and factory director Meo Costantini
· Retains original matching-numbers engine and coachwork panels
· Engine upgraded in period by the factory
· Single-family ownership for 62 years; less than 26,000 original kilometres accrued
· Documented with factory records, correspondence, and by marque expert Pierre-Yves Laugier

1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde by Saoutchik
Estimate: €6.500.000 - €8.000.000
· Best of Show, 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
· First in Class, 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
· The 1929 New York Auto Salon car; sole survivor of three short-windshield examples built
· Meticulous restoration by Paul Russell and Company
· One of the most significant Mercedes-Benz in the world


1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet by Franay
Estimate: €1.200.000 - €1.500.000
· Unique salon and concours history in period
· Original one-off convertible coachwork by Franay
· Extremely rare and desirable SWB GP-derived chassis
· Verified by Talbot-Lago and Saoutchik authority Peter M. Larsen
· Exceptional concours-quality restoration

1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 2000 Coupé by Vignale
Estimate: €250.000 - €350.000
· Unique and stylish design by Rodolfo Bonetto for Vignale
· One of only 98 Aurelia B52s built
· Remarkable example of Transatlantic Style