A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A heads the line-up at RM Sotheby’s inaugural Essen sale, held during the colossal Techno-Classica show on 11-12 April. Chassis 154078 is an original right-hand drive example having been delivered new to its first owner in the UK, and is believed to be one of just 18 remaining Cabriolet As out of the 32 produced at Sindelfingen (estimate €2,000,000 – 2,400,000).
Three of Lancia’s iconic models that went on to dominate world rallying are set to cross the block. Leading the trio is a 2,200-km 1985 Delta S4 Stradale – one of 200 built to meet the wild Group B homologation rules – with a pre-sale estimate of €450,000 – 550,000.
A three-owner 1975 Stratos Stradale which has covered just 11,800km from new is offered in a preserved un-restored condition at €480,000 – 520,000, and a 3,500-km 1982 037 Rally Stradale is in the catalogue at €350,000 – 400,000.
Exact production figures for Monteverdi are hard to assess, but without doubt the Monteverdi 375/4 is a rare sight, with possibly only around 30 built. RM Sotheby’s example is an imposing machine, resplendent in dark metallic aubergine with matching carpets, and comes complete with the ultimate statement in 1970s luxury – a 6” built-in Sony TV (estimate €200,000 – 240,000).
The final batch of 85 entries from the 140-car Youngtimer Collection will also feature during the two-day Essen sale. Highlights include a 25,300-km 1994 Porsche 928 GTS (estimate €80,000 – 100,000); a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL AMG 6.9 (estimate €50,000 – 70,000); and a 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe (estimate €140,000 – 160,000).
Classic car auction price estimates for: Mercedes-Benz | Lancia | Monteverdi | Porsche | BMW | Alpina
From: RM Sotheby’s
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