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RM Sotheby’s adds ‘boutique’ auction during Swiss historic-racing week

The September sale will include 15-25 high-end collector cars in exclusive setting


RM Sotheby’s has announced a new “boutique” collector car auction to be held in September in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz during the Bernina Gran Turismo week of vintage racing events.

The St. Moritz sale is RM Sotheby’s first in Switzerland. The auction company recently established its first Swiss office in Geneva. 

The auction is scheduled for September 17 at the famous Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains.

1958 BMW 507 roadster was professionally restored

The Bernina Gran Turismo, re-launched in 2014, encompasses a dramatic and scenic hill climb on a closed public road that winds for 5.7 kilometers (3.5 miles) with more than 50 curves and an altitude rise of 450 meters (1,476 feet) to the top of Bernina Pass.

Historic racers from around the globe participate in the hill climb, with thousands of spectators taking in the scene.

1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport rides on 18-inch RS wheels

 “To launch the sale in association with the Bernina Gran Turismo is obviously fantastic for us,” Oliver Camelin, RM Sotheby’s director of sales, Switzerland, said in the auction announcement. “The event has become very important with annual events calendar for historic vehicles, and our boutique sale is a perfect fit with the prestigious nature of the event.”

Four terrific sports cars have been consigned to the auction thus far.  The rarest is a 1953 Fiat 8V coupe, one of the first of 34 Series 1 cars with bodywork by the Italian automaker’s Reparto Carrozzerie Speciali department. Fully restored and with matching numbers, the 8V has an estimated value, in Swiss francs, of CHF1.3 million) to CHF1.6 million (($1.41 million to $1.74 million).

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The 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster comes with a factory hardtop

Also on the auction docket is a 1958 BMW 507 Series II, fully restored and BMW certified, with a value of CHF2 million to CHF2.2 million ($2.17 million to $2.39 million); a lovely 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster “in outstanding condition” and valued at CHF1 million to  CHF1,200,000 ($1.09 million to $1.3 million); and a 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 Clubsport competition model, black on black leather with 18-inch RS wheels, valued at CHF1,100,000 to CHF1,300,000 ($1.19 million to $1.41 million).

For more information, visit RM Sotheby’s website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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