Have a holly, Jolly Christmas. The rare 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly has been driven by people such as US President Lyndon B. Johnson and renowned car collector Wayne Carini, though not at the same time of course. Estimates of the car are around $144,000, and this particular one was on the auction block for RM Sotheby’s in November.
The “Elkhart Collection” is no more. RM Sotheby’s offered all of them at no reserve and brought in $44.3m. The top sale was a 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale, which brought in $2.8m, followed by 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia $2.04m.
The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Berlinetta are 50 A3/C-based road cars, named after its 5.3-litre Chevrolet V-8 engine and Grand Touring purpose. Giotto Bizzarrini remains a living legend today at age 93.
The Mille Miglia is a transcendent and transformative experience. When you are driving down a narrow road on top a ridge in Tuscany, with valleys stretching below on either side and the smell of the farms on the air coming into the car it’s easy to forget city traffic jams and overheating 65 year old cars.
RM Sotheby’s is known the world over as an auction house catering to only the finest collectible automobiles. As the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, RM Sotheby’s is raising the stakes with a truly standout docket.
RM Sotheby’s holds a coveted spot as the last auction of fine automobiles before the Grand Prix. The Monaco auction boasts a docket as varied and distinguished as one would expect from RM Sotheby’s, as well as a handful of spunky Fiats and microcars.
A move back to Connecticut preceded my furthest relocation at the time, 2,824 miles to Southern California where I currently hang my hat when not bouncing around the world for work. That work most recently led me to establish a part-time residence in Northern Italy, and had me reflecting on the cars I’ve owned and how my place of residence may have influenced my choices.
Let’s take a look at 10 categories of vehicles valued over $100,000 that are likely to provide both emotional and financial rewards to the enthusiast who can appreciate what they have to offer and fully use them as intended.