RM Sotheby’s announced a new classic car auction in St Moritz in mid-September 2021 — its first auction ever in Switzerland — in conjunction with Bernina Gran Turismo and the Bernina Race hill-climb event.
RM Sotheby’s first-ever sale in Switzerland will be in the exclusive mountain resort of St Moritz during the annual mid-September classic car automobile week. Thus far, only four cars have been announced for the boutique-style auction that will include at most two dozen vehicles. The four cars, all in top condition, are a 1953 Fiat 8V, a 1958 BMW 507 Series II, a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, and a 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 Clubsport.
RM Sotheby’s St Moritz Switzerland Sale 2021
RM Sotheby’s announced an all-new sale at the beautiful Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz conducted in association with the Bernina Gran Turismo. The sale is scheduled for 17 September 2021 in the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. It will be part of one of the world’s most beautiful vintage racing events, the ‘International St. Moritz Automobile Week’ that encompasses several events between the 10th-19th September.
The St Moritz Sale will be the first auction ever in Switzerland for RM Sotheby’s. It follows on similar small but exclusive sales in Europe in recent months including the Milan Sale and the Rolls Royce and Bentley auction in nearby Liechtenstein.
The Bernina Gran Turismo was re-launched in 2014 by classic car enthusiasts Kurt Engelhorn and Florian Seidl with the aim of starting to bring alive the legendary ‘International St. Moritz Automobile Week’ of 1929 and 1930. The Bernina Race is regarded as Europe’s best mountain event for historic vehicles. It takes place on a section of the original route on the Bernina Pass that has been specially closed for the mountain race.
Top Cars at the RM Sotheby’s St Moritz Sale 2021
Thus far only four cars have been announced for the RM Sotheby’s St Moritz sale in Switzerland, which is likely to include fewer than two dozen cars in total. All four are worthy of further inspection and likely to attract considerable interest from buyers and spectators alike:
Leading the consignments in scarcity value is a fully restored, concours winning, 1953 Fiat 8V, which is one of the first 34 ‘Series 1’ cars constructed with bodywork made by Fiat’s Reparto Carrozzerie Speciali department. This fully restored, matching numbers car, has been displayed at many of Europe’s most prestigious concours and is Mille Miglia eligible (Estimate: CHF1,300,000 – CHF1,600,000).
Another great sports car of the 1950s is the 1958 BMW 507 Series II, with the car offered presented in the classic colour combination of white over blue/white and fully BMW Classic certified. Fully restored a few years ago by a leading Swiss specialist it remains in outstanding condition (Estimate: CHF2,000,000 – CHF2,200,000).
Few cars would look better on the streets of St. Moritz than a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. The car offered is a beautiful example of one of the finest sporting roadsters of all time, and is a matching numbers car presented in outstanding condition throughout, still boasting its original interior (Estimate: CHF1,000,000 – CHF1,200,000).
The 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 Clubsport is more contemporary but no less desirable. The car on offer in St. Moritz left the Porsche factory on 19 June 1996 finished in black with a black leather interior and with 18-inch ‘RS’ wheels. With only two owners from new, this exceptional and potent Porsche boasts a comprehensive history file and has been regularly maintained by leading specialists (Estimate: CHF1,100,000 – CHF1,300,000).