Historically important 1980 Lancia 037 Prototype comes up for auction

An beautiul and rare Lancia 037 Prototype is set to go under the hammer in an exclusive sale to take place in Milan, conducted in association with Sotheby’s Milan, at the stunning Palazzo Serbelloni on 15 June. The sale will be live streamed and allow for limited preview attendance within the courtyard at Palazzo Serbelloni.

RM Sotheby’s has announced an all-new, exclusive sale of 25-30 exceptional automobiles, to be offered in Milan on 15 June 2021 at Sotheby’s Milan’s historic location, Palazzo Serbelloni.

The auction will be conducted as a livestreamed sale from within the Palazzo with the cars displayed within the venue’s courtyard setting. There will be a full day preview on Monday, 14 and the morning of 15 June, available to a limited number of bidders by appointment only.

An early star highlight of the sale is an incredible and historically significant 1980 Lancia 037 Prototype, the very first Lancia Rally 037 produced and originally owned by Abarth. After Lancia’s rallying success in the 1970s, first with the Fulvia and later with the Stratos, a car which secured three consecutive World Rally Championship titles, 1980 saw the company move into the development of an all-new contender, the car which was to become known as the 037 and the last rear wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship. The car to be offered in the Milan sale is chassis SE037-001, the first prototype for the legendary Lancia Rally ‘037’ which was commissioned to be constructed by the successful Italian race car constructor, Dallara, before final assembly and development at the Abarth factory, overseen by Sergio Limone. Once completed, chassis SE037-001 undertook extensive testing duties both on track and in the wind tunnel, and was driven extensively by the likes of Markku Alen, Adartico Vudafieri and Giorgio Pianta. By 1982, the car was resplendent in the full Martini racing livery and it famously served as a Recce car in that year’s Acropolis Rally. When it’s official duties were over, the car passed into the private ownership of Sergio Limone, who undertook a meticulous restoration, returning this important car to its original development specification, including the correct specification 1,995 cc supercharged engine. Offered in exceptional condition and fully authenticated and certified by FIVA and the Lancia Club of Italy, this car has unrivalled provenance and is unquestionably the car that ultimately created one of the finest rally cars in history (Estimate: €700,000-€900,000).

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Head of Sales, RM Sotheby’s Europe, says: “This Milan sale is an exciting addition to our 2021 European sale calendar. The week in question will see many of Europe’s collectors in the region for the start of the Mille Miglia, and our sale will allow for limited preview opportunities. We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at Sotheby’s Milan and for the cooperation of Palazzo Serbelloni for the provision of the stunning location. To have also consigned one of the most significant Lancia rally cars of all time, the prototype that developed the all-conquering 037 rally car, is sure to make this sale one of the highlights of the upcoming 2021 sale calendar”.

For more news on the Milan sale and for more information on all forthcoming live and Online Only sales, please visit rmsothebys.com.

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