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>RM Sotheby’s held its first-ever Milan auction at the Palazzo Serbelloni, with the 19 lot auction exceeding €11,000,000 and achieving a new world record price for a 1988 Lamborghini LM002.

On June 15, RM Sotheby’s hosted their first-ever Milan sale with an exclusive 19 lot auction at the Palazzo Serbelloni and they closed with a gross of €11,635,000. The event was RM Sotheby’s first auction in Europe to welcome their clients back to a live auction environment. It was well-attended with a gorgeous roster of cars displayed against a backdrop of the most beautiful historic buildings in Milan. 

“We are really delighted with the results of our first-ever Milan sale. Our intention was to bring a small boutique style auction to Milan, close to the hub of the Mille Miglia activity in the region, and offer a selection of very high-quality cars.” 

RM Sotheby’s Europe Head of Sales, Augustin Sabatié-Garat.

Unsurprisingly, the top seller was the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis #08641, which Roger Vadim bought new in 1966 and was eventually owned by his wife, Jane Fonda. The car has been exquisitely restored and presented in its original Azzuro finish, matched with a black leather interior. The Ferrari Classiche certified car sold for €2,255,000.  

Remi Dargegen © 2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The second-highest price achieved was another performance Ferrari, the 2000 Ferrari 550 GT1. It is one of only two cars Italtecnica made for Team Rafanelli for the 2001 FIA GT Championship. The car was originally driven by Schiattarella and Naspetti and had two full seasons of successful competition in GT racing. The car was sold for €1,805,000.  

A third Ferrari rounded up the top three sales for the event being an impressive 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta. The car is 65th of only 350 units manufactured. It is presented in its original metallic silver grey finish matched with a black interior. The Ferrari Classiche certified car is proudly a matching number example and was sold for €1,478,750.  

©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The last car that was sold for more than €1,000,000 was a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. It has an impressive history and a unique glass hardtop. It was sold for €1,051,250. 

Other notable sales during the event include the 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI ITC, a 155 DTM/ITC Works Touring Car from Alfa Corse. In the 1996 ITC Season, Nicola Larini drove the example. It was offered in race-ready condition and sold for €792,500.

The next car was the first CCR that made its public appearance at the 2004 Geneva International Motor Show, being the 2004 Koenigsegg CCR. It went above its pre-sale estimate with a final price of €798,125.

A vehicle that went above its pre-sale estimate was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III which is a beautifully restored example and was sold for €466,250. 

Another notable sale was the 1988 Lamborghini LM002. Only 328 units were produced by Lamborghini from 1986 to 1993. The example was a coveted early production, carburetor-engined version. It exceeded its pre-sale estimate with a final sale price of €393,125, breaking the auction price record for an LM002. 

1988 Lamborghini LM002
1988 Lamborghini LM002 © 2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Top 10 Sales from the 2021 RM Sotheby’s Milan Auction

Lot NumberVehicleSale PriceLot 110 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB €2,255,000 Lot 117 2000 Ferrari 550 GT1 €1,805,000 Lot 116 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso €1,478,750 Lot 114 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster €1,051,250 Lot 118 2004 Koenigsegg CCR  €798,125 Lot 119 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI ITC €792,500 Lot 111 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé €640,625 Lot 113 Bugatti Type 46 Coupé ‘ Superprofilée’ €545,000 Lot 112 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III €466,250 Lot 108 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II €455,000 

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB –  Lot 110

Sold for €2,255,000 

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: World Record Sale Achieved During RM Sotheby’s First Milan Auction
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-first-milan-auction/
Published Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 02:28:33 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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