Hong Kong classic car enthusiasts often buy their collectables at specialist auctions in Europe. There are several sales and events worth visiting over the summer, and the most prestigious must be the auction of more than 30 blue-chip collectables at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, 40km north of Milan, on May 21.
Among the lots RM Auctions (www.rmauctions.com ) will sell are six classics from the official collection at Carozzeria Bertone, including the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal prototype driven by Prince Rainier at the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. Offers are expected to range between Euro1 million (HK$11.02 million) and Euro1.8 million, as with a 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, the first prototype of the mid-engined Stratos supercar. RM also offers a 1929 Bentley Speed Six 'Le Mans' VDP Tourer at the 'Quintessentially English' Salon Prive Luxury Super Car Event and Concours d'Elegance at Syon Park, in West London, on June 23.
A 1973 Ferrari Daytona, said to have been lent to Prince Charles for a week before it was sold new for GBP9,250 (HK$115,867) and then appeared in Top Gear in 2008, will be offered at Historics of Brooklands' sale on May 8. The auctioneer (www.historics.co.uk ) last month sold a 'flawless' 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet for GBP100,000 and a white 1961 190SL for GBP49,280. A 1954 MG TD fetched GBP16,352, while a 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor, belonging to Spurs footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto, sold for GBP162,400. Brooklands' sale of a 1985 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth for GBP14,000 proved 'a growing appreciation for modern classics'.
A unique Deep Sanderson 301 Le Mans racer, which competed at Le Mans, Spa and the Nurburgring in 1963, will be offered at Silverstone Auctions (www.silverstoneauctions.com ), alongside a 1961 E-Type, Chassis Number 80, at the Silverstone Classic Sale, during one of Britain's largest historic racing events on the weekend of July 23, along with retro music from Suzi Quatro, 10cc and Wishbone Ash.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 1 to 3 is a fine introduction to classics and this year's event features the 1909 'Blitzen Benz', which in 1911 took the world speed record, at 228.1km/h. Jaguar will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the E-Type.
A Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, driven by Stirling Moss in 1961, is expected to be the centrepiece at Chelsea AutoLegends (www.ChelseaAutoLegends.com ), a fund-raising showcase for pensioners at The Royal Hospital Chelsea on September 4. Other exhibits at the 'Swinging Sixties' themed event are expected to include a Ferrari GTO and Ford GT40 models. Entrance is ?20. Alternatively, you could take your classic on the MSA Euroclassic (www.msaeuroclassic.co.uk ), a 2,370km trip between Troyes in France, St Moritz in Switzerland, through to Verona, Venice, San Marino, Rome, Siena and Pisa.
The September 4 to 11 event is open to all cars over 20 years old and costs GBP2,250 per car.