A powerful and elegant speedboat custom-built in 1968 by renowned British boatbuilder Sonny Levi for Gianni Agnelli, then chairman of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari, will join more than 100 classic cars at a sale in online auction from Tuesday. at RM Sotheby’s.
The G. Cinquanta “G50 speedboat was owned by Agnelli until 1975 and is first offered on the open market with an estimate above €500,000 ($570,000), said RM Sotheby’s, which declined to disclose the identity of the sender.
The auction, titled “Online Only: Open Roads, The European Summer Auction”, opened for auction on Tuesday and will last until July 22.
Agnelli had a collection of modern and vintage yachts, fast motor cruisers and racing cruisers. His desire for a boat that was “fast and reliable while still being able to negotiate mixed weather conditions on the ocean” was answered by the 37-foot “G. Cinquanta” G50, designed by Levi and built to his exacting specifications by Cantiere Delta in Anzio, Italy, according to RM Sotheby’s.
The boat features a Sergio Pininfarina cabin and 8.0 liter Vulcano BPM V8 engines. The engines have been updated, now producing a top speed of 50 knots (57.5 mph).
“It’s a pleasure to offer a boat that is both truly unique and has generated so much interest among automotive and boating enthusiasts, thanks to its incredible provenance, beautiful design and impressive performance,” said Nick Wiles, automotive specialist at RM Sotheby’s. , said in a statement.
The auction will also feature more than 100 collectible cars and motoring memorabilia, including a collection of eight albums containing more than 500 F1 driver autographs.
A rare 1954 Fiat 8V Coupé, one of only 114 small coupés produced and the only Fiat to ever feature a V8 engine, will highlight the collector cars offered for sale. The car was originally delivered to the UK in 1965 and has remained there ever since. He has appeared in many classic races, including the Fordwater Trophy at the 2015 Goodwood Revival. He is expected to fetch between 1.2 and 1.4 million euros.