Sum­mer auc­tion

New Zealand Classic Car - - Report -

RM Sotheby’s wowed col­lec­tors in Paris in early Fe­bru­ary when it un­veiled two ex­cit­ing high­lights of its up­com­ing spring and sum­mer sales this year: a strik­ing 1937 Tal­bot-lago T150C SS Goutte d’eau coupé, and the one-off 1950 Fer­rari 166 MM/212 Ex­port ‘Uovo’.

Con­sid­ered by many to be one of the most at­trac­tive au­to­mo­tive de­signs of all time, the Tal­botLago T150-C SS coupé by Figoni et Falaschi is noth­ing short of an art-deco mas­ter­piece on wheels, its fan­ci­ful curves and sen­su­ous lines largely cred­ited as ush­er­ing in the era of the au­to­mo­bile as an art form.

Boast­ing unique coach­work by Car­rozze­ria Fon­tana, and lov­ingly nick­named ‘Uovo’ for its dis­tinc­tive egg-shaped de­sign, the one-off Ber­linetta has re­mained a sig­nif­i­cant part of Fer­rari lore for decades. Gian­nino Mar­zotto specif­i­cally com­mis­sioned Fon­tana of Padova and the fa­mous sculp­tor Franco Reg­gani to cre­ate the stream­lined body style for max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance. The re­sult­ing Uovo body­work and un­der­ly­ing Fer­rari chas­sis and driv­e­train quickly proved com­pet­i­tive.

The two cur­va­ceous mo­tor cars were on dis­play on RM’S Rétro­mo­bile stand in Fe­bru­ary, ahead of their re­spec­tive pre­sen­ta­tions at the com­pany’s Lake Como, Italy, and Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia, sales later in the year.

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