Quattroruote Collection Heading to Auction, All Cars Offered Without Reserve

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In auction lingo, without reserve means that the consigner does not set a low price for a lot below which it won’t be sold. Without a low price, the lot goes to whoever bids the most. And goodness gracious, one of the most interesting car collections is heading to auction at Le Sporting in Monaco. Of course, all the lots are offered without reserve.
That collection is known as the Quattroruote, a word that translates to Four Wheels in English. Founded in 1956 by Gianni Mazzocchi, Quattroruote was and still is the most-read automotive magazine in Italy. Its founder, Mazzocchi, was an out-and-out gearhead and his collection bears the name of the publication he founded. And yes, the same cars he owned, loved, and cared for are now up for grabs, including a rare Bugatti Type 57.

The Bugatti in question is a Type 57 Cabriolet by Gangloff of Colmar, the 1939 Geneva Motor Show car and the company demonstrator of racing legend Jean-Pierre Wimille. Chassis 5773 is a Bugatti of exceptional provenance according to experts, a rarefied breed that will certainly sell for big bucks.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though, considering that the Quattroruote Collection also includes a 1914 Benz 8/20 HP Tourer, 1902 De Dion-Bouton K1 Chassis, 1962 Fiat 1101A Campagnola, 1930 Fiat 525 N Spider by Carrozzerie Speciali Fiat, 1942 Ford GPW Military Jeep, 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupé Chauffeur by Binder, as well as a 1922 Lancia Lambda 1st Series Torpedo.

Some of the weirder lots come in the form of an 1800 Simonetti Sleigh, 1890 Ferrari e Corsaniga Open Phaeton, and an 1879 Singer Racing Bicycle. As you can tell by now, Mazzocchi was a man of great taste. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have collected so many exquisite cars and quirky bicycles of European and American origin throughout his life. All Quattroruote Collection lots can be viewed and reviewed at this link.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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