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The RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote auction in Milan. A small selection from the collection.

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Today is the day. The kick-off of the largest auction of the 21 century takes place. In Milan RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote is auctioning an almost infinite number of (classic) motorcycles, cars, bicycles, automobilia and boats. The extensive collection - once owned by the Italian Luigi Compiano - goes under the hammer in Fiera Milano. The complete range will probably be sold. No reserve price applies to any of the items on offer. We were faced with the difficult choice of highlighting a few objects. In a diptych we will still have a number lots name what caught our eye.


Rover P5B Coupé 1968

Ferrari and Porsche play a prominent role in the RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote collection, which has an offer that varies in price from friendly to the wallet to full-scale pepper duration. It may sound strange, but our eye actually fell pretty quickly on the visually in good condition Rover P5B from 1968. The connoisseurs know: in this Rover the 3.5 liter Buick V8 was mounted, a reliable and sovereign engine block that the British manufacturer lovingly tucked into the front of various top models. Equipped with a beautiful white color, this Brit - with chassis number B600059783B - will go under the hammer on 26 November. A phenomenon of a car that was well ahead of its time in the 1960s with its coupé sedan lines (Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen introduced four-door coupé sedans only in the previous decade). RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote estimates the proceeds of the Rover at an amount between € 2.500 and € 5.000.

Unique Opera Coupé

The Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé from the Baureihe W111 is also an item offered at RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote. He immediately caught our attention. The Opera Coupé is of course a well-known phenomenon within classical circles. What Lot 633 very special is that it comes from the last year of this Mercedes series. The last Opera Coupés of the band rolled in 1971. The Mercedes - now on Italian license plate and with chassis number 111.026.10.002752 - was painted in Diamant Silber and was fitted with the delightful M116 V8 block at birth. The organization expects a revenue between € 55.000 and € 65.000 for this fine Benz with patina traits.

Blood-curdling: Ferrari 365 GTC

Whoever says Italy, naturally also says Ferrari. The owner managed to add a number of beautiful relics with the rising horse to the collection. As far as we are concerned lot 572 to the most beautiful Ferraris in the collection. This 365 GTC - with chassis and engine number 11981 - is completely original and shows much, if not everything, that Ferrari stood for at the time of production in 1969. Equipped with an 4.390 cc V12 engine (320 PK) with six Weber carburetors and a finely drawn carriage steal this 365 GTC the show. The Italian sprayed in Blu Ribot is number seven in a series of 150 pieces. It makes this Ferrari rare. For this exclusivity, the new owner is likely to pay the grand prize, which is estimated by RM Sotheby's to be between € 550.000 and € 650.000.

Auction starts today

RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote start today Fiera Milano. Candidates who are not in Milan can bid online at the immense collection of beautiful and interesting objects. You will find an overview of the offer here.. The auction organized by RM Sotheby's Duemila Ruote lasts from 25 to 27 November. We warn you in advance: if you look, you run the risk that you will be sold.


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Highlighted. Another few showpieces from the Duemila Ruote auction in Milan.