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The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction

Rare European Born 1938 Talbot Lago Teardrop Coupe to Lead Record Setting Weekend at Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction at Portola Plaza Hotel - August 19-20, 2005

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (July 7, 2005) – Each year, RM Auctions organizes outstanding million dollar consignments at its annual Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction, offering serious collectors some of the finest and most desirable automobiles available in the world today. This year’s 2005 event, set for August 19-20, 2005 at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA, will be the largest single offering of vintage automobiles in the history of the Monterey weekend with more than $35 million in collectable vehicles crossing the auction block over the two-day sale.

Headlining the auction is a spectacular 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C-SS Figoni et Falaschi Teardrop Coupe valued at between $3 million and $4 million. The Teardrop Coupe, named for the seductive shape of the car’s body and fenders, is one of the world’s most fascinating and dynamic examples of French coachbuilding, with its extensive and effective use of French curves and brilliant chrome edgework. This car (chassis #90034) has remained in Europe since new having enjoyed an early racing career including a class win at the 24 hours of Spa in 1948 and represents the first time a Teardrop Coupe of this caliber has come to auction in the United States.

“Every August, RM brings an outstanding line up of the world’s finest motor cars to Monterey and 2005 will be the biggest and best collection we have ever consigned for this event,” said Rob Myers, co-founder of RM Auctions. “Whether it is a significant historical vehicle, or sports car with a rich racing provenance, RM’s annual Monterey sale is recognized as the most important auction event in North America for investment quality automobiles.”

RM’s Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction will offer more than 180 exceptional motor cars including the following:

  • 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, the second of 19 cars ever built, handcrafted with a special alloy body by coachbuilder Ugo Zagato (Est: $2,900,000 to $3,200,000)

  • 1953 Ferrari 375MM Spyder - racing history includes the Sweden and Portugal Grand Prix of the 1950's. (Est: $2,900,000 to $3,200,000)

  • 1964 Ford GT 40 Prototype – the actual car that won the 24 Hours of Daytona, driven by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby, still in its 1966 racing livery (Est: $2,300,000 to $2,600,000)

  • 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B Monoposto – one of three remaining examples, this car won the 1932 Grands Prix at Monza, Nurburgring and Rheims (Est: $2,000,000 to $2,500,000)

  • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta – Scaglietti-bodied, Pinin Farina design is the last Tour de France built in 1959 and has long racing heritage (Est: $1,400,000 to $1,700,000)

  • 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - The centerpiece of the ’37 Berlin Motor Show, it was the automobile of choice of royalty and international celebrities. (Est. $1,00,000 - $1,400,000)

  • 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta - This hot rod of sports racers is one of only two closed Berlinettas to receive Tourings superlight coachwork. (Est: $950,000 - $1,100,000)

  • 1962 Chaparral 1 Sports Racing Car – One of five built, was successfully raced by top drivers including Jim Hall, Hap Sharp, Harry Heuer, and Roger Ward. (Est: $650,000 - $950,000)

  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z-06 Roadster - One of the world’s rarest and most elusive Corvettes ever offered at auction, this one-of-a-kind Z-06 has only 7,500 miles. (Est. $ 650,000-$ 950,000)

  • 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Prototype - The very first XK120 prototype ever built was the world's fastest production car and launched the Jaguar racing dynasty. (Est. available on request)

  • 1960 Scarab Grand Prix - This American racing icon was driven at Goodwood by legendary drivers Brian Redman, Damon Hill and Chuck Daigh. (Est. $350,000 - $550,000)

  • 1935 MG PB “Cream Cracker” Roadster – A historically important and rare British race car that has not been offered for public sale in many decades. (Est. $ 120,000 - $ 160,000)

    RM Auctions’ Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction will be held at the elegant Portola Plaza Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California. Activities are held on August 18, 19 & 20th with auction previews daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The auction sale times are Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    In addition to the auction activities, luxury lifestyle publications Robb Report and The Robb Report Collection will host a special Robb Report Salon event during auction and preview times in the Portola’s DeAnza Ballroom. The salon features an extraordinary display of international luxury products and services. Admission is offered to subscribers of RM Auction Catalogs and Robb Report magazines.

    Admission to the Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction sale is $30 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free of charge. An auction catalog is available for an additional $60 U.S., including shipping and handling within North America, by calling 800-211-4371 or visiting the company web site below.

    Celebrating more than 25 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions, Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook and Pebble Beach Concours. For the latest information on this event and RM Auctions, Inc., please call toll-free (800) 211-4371, or visit the corporate web site at
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