RM Sotheby’s sets Saragga Collection auction in Portugal

RM Sotheby’s sets Saragga Collection auction in Portugal

More than 130 collector vehicles offered at no reserve on September 21

More than 130 vehicles from the Sáragga Collection will be offered for bidding with no reserve prices on September 21 when RM Sotheby’s stages an auction near the Portuguese beach resort of Comporta.

“Comprising the cars of discerning enthusiast and collector, Mr. Sáragga, the collection consists of over 130 cars and features many rare and highly collectible individual automobiles,” RM Sotheby’s said. 

“Making for a true destination event, the Sáragga Collection will be held at the owner’s estate near the stunning beach resort region of Comporta, Portugal.

1969 Lotus 69 racing car

“The Sáragga Collection calls the small, picturesque town of Alcácer do Sal home, just minutes from the seaside region of Comporta, which has quickly become one of the most fashionable and stylish resorts in Europe. The region offers the perfect setting for a warm weekend away in Portugal this autumn, with a number of luxury hotels and restaurants nearby, and just an hour’s drive from Lisbon International Airport.”

RM Sotheby’s said Sáragga has been a life-long collector who started his collection more than 30 years ago with several rare Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

1955 WD Denzel

“Now the collection has grown to over 130 cars (from 55 companies) to include pre-war greats, a number of exclusive Porsche models, American classics of all eras, and some rare and diminutive microcar gems. Values within the collection range from as little as €10,000 ($11,150) through to €800,000 ($892,000).”

“This collection of cars is as awe-inspiring in its scale as it is in its diversity and quality, and it is wonderful that it features something to cater for all tastes and budgets,” Paul Darvill, RM Sotheby’s car specialist, was quoted in the news release. 

“A significant part of the collection is made up of rare pre-war cars, which are the perfect counter for the numerous, highly sought-after, high performance models of the more recent era. At the other end of the scale, there are a number of entry-level lots that will appeal to the casual car enthusiast who would like to enjoy the experience of acquiring a car at RM Sotheby’s first-ever auction in Portugal, set in an incredible location”

Porsches featured in the collection

RM Sotheby’s says “star lots” include several Porsche 911 RS models, including a 1973 2.7 touring, a 1992 Carrera RS and a 2010 GT3 RS among nearly two dozen Porsches that will be on offer, including a 1959 356B roadster.

Also on the docket are a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Tourer; a one-off, glass-roof 1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan by Chapron; a 1-of-69 2008 Aston Martin DB9 LM models and a 1-of-200 2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage AMR cars.

Other cars of note include a 1939 Delahaye 135M cabriolet by Chapron, a 1955 WD Denzel 1300 with racing provenance, an early 1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 FHC, and a 1947 HRG Aerodynamic with rally history.

RM Sotheby’s notes that the cars have been maintained in driving condition.

1911 De Tamble Model G roadster

“Many of these cars have stayed with me for decades and have played a part in some of the most important moments in mine and my family’s lives,” the consignor told the auction house. “Therefore, my decision to reduce the size of my collection and to offer these cars for sale, has not been an easy one. 

“However, I take pleasure in using my cars, so I want to concentrate on enjoying a smaller group, and by consigning with RM Sotheby’s, I know that the cars I am passionate about will go to fantastic new homes in Portugal, Europe, and beyond.”

1952 Alvis TA21 dropped coupe by Tickford

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  • Steve Byers
    June 8, 2019, 4:52 AM

    As the keeper of the Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III (BJ8) Registry since 1998, I pay attention to the BJ8s that are offered for sale in auctions and elsewhere. I note that the one included in the Sáragga Collection (chassis 30880) has some discrepancies. The original manufacturing data for BJ8s archived in the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust says that the original engine for 30880 is 29K/RU/H5657, but the engine quoted in the auction description says it is 29K/RU/H5525. The body number determines the configuration of the external lights. The body number for chassis 30880 is 75779. The actual configuration of the front and rear lights as shown in the auction photos is appropriate for cars with body number AFTER 76137.

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