1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A. This is the original car driven by Tazio Nuvolari during which he scored the final victory of his long career in the Palermo Monte Pellegrino hill climb.
Motostalgia is one of the world's premier luxury automobile auction companies, specializing in rare, exquisite, one-of-a-kind automobiles from opulent pasts and historical moments. New this year, the Motostalgia Auction d'Elegance is an amazing event to be held the weekend of the 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, limited to 75 of the finest and most sought after vehicles from around the globe.
Motostalgia was brought together by Antonio Brunet and Yusuf Johnson, experts in the collector car world and stars in an upcoming, primetime show on a major cable network about their search for collector cars around the world (primarily in Latin America), and Shane Heminway, founder of Monaco Star Events and US Star Events which both specialize in motor sports hospitality, entertainment and event production/promotion in the US and Europe.
Brunet, Johnson and Heminway had all seen the surge in popularity of collector cars worldwide over the last several years and felt there was no better time of the year to host an upscale auction locally than during one of Austin’s biggest weekends of the year. With so many car enthusiasts and savvy investor/collectors in our city on one weekend they captured the opportunity to host a collector car auction limited to 75 of the finest cars in the world. They felt the Austin Convention Center was an ideal location for such a prestigious event considering its ideal location and generous space needed to properly display vehicles of this level.
Using these iconic vehicles as a backdrop, the idea was born to have a showcase event marrying the best of the automotive world with the best luxury and lifestyle brands of Texas in one space over two days. Recognized brands like Mercedes, Tesla, Aston Martin, Bentley and others will showcase their latest models alongside these rare legends of the road up for auction starting at 4pm on Saturday November 16th. The vintage themed gala will take place the night before with live jazz performances and special live performances by David Garibaldi, whose motor sports themed pieces will go on sale with much of proceeds going to charity.
There is a diverse range of 75 collector cars up for auction including several Formula 1 cars from different decades, a collection of vintage Porsche 356’s, several Corvettes, a Duesenberg from the Great Gatsby era, a Pur Sang Bugatti Type 51 and many more. There is something for everyone and really for all budgets as well. On top of this they will have various Automobilia pieces on auction and Celebrity memorabilia, such as the necklace from the movie ‘Titanic’, jewelry owned by Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino's hat in The Godfather, a gun from Wyatt Earp and much more.
Motostalgia is really excited about having such a stunning collection of cars to auction, undeniably the greatest collection ever on sale in Austin. And they are so proud to offer what is perhaps one of the most historically important sport racing cars currently on US soil, the 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A, which has the unique distinction of being the last of the Cisitalia’s, the first of the Abarth’s, and the last car raced to victory by the legendary Tazio Nuvolari who is one of the greatest grand prix drivers in history.
Another vehicle with amazing pedigree is the 1998 Ferrari F300 Formula 1 car driven by Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine in 1998. Also with F1 pedigree is the 1977 Shadow DN8 Formula 1 car driven by Alan Jones to victory in the Austrian Grand Prix race of that same year in which he beat James Hunt and Nicki Lauda, as portrayed in recent blockbuster movie ‘Rush’. Other timeless American classics include a concours winning 1953 Cadillac Eldorado similar to the one used by President Eisenhower in his inaugural parade and a completely restored 1953 Corvette, 1 of only 300 produced in that first year of the iconic model.
Collector Car auctions are exciting to be part of or to simply watch as a spectator. Motostalgia will be special in the sense that it's not just a car auction but preceded by a special vintage themed gala at 6pm on Friday night, November 15th (participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite attire from the 20’s to 60’s). The Motostalgia Showcase is a two-day collector car show open to the public to enjoy all the auction cars, along with several select lifestyle vendors from 10am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday (Nov 15-16). Tickets are available online at www.motostalgia.com. Weekend passes for the Motostalgia Showcase are $25 and the first 2,000 ticket buyers get a free pair of noise reducing earmuffs, ideal for a few hours out at an F1 race.
Those interested in the auction can register to bid online. Bidder registration gives access for 2 people to the Bidders Preview on Thursday, the Gala on Friday, and the Auction on Saturday. Those wanting to attend the Gala and Auction as guests can buy tickets online for $125 per person which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and 4 drink tickets at both the Gala and Auction. The Motostalgia Showcase weekend pass ($25) gives one the chance to view the rare auction cars along with select lifestyle vendors. Peruse the legends of the road while listening to the sounds of DJs spinning Jazz Lounge music throughout the day in a unique and relaxed setting. Catch the event on your way to or from the race track or the UT football game. And the shuttle service going to and from the Circuit of The Americas actually loads at the Austin Convention Center so getting to experience Motostalgia couldn’t be any more convenient.
// REGISTERING TO BID
The auction will be open to qualified bidders, media and consignors. Guest passes are also available for purchase. To register to bid go to www.motostalgia.com and click the Bid Registration tab or call +1 512 813 0636. An official bidder package can be purchased for $500 which will include an official color auction collectible catalog and admission for two to the preview, gala and auction event. Food and beverage will be served at the auction. For additional information or questions about the cars to be auctioned interested individuals can call +1 512 813 0636 before November 16, 2013.
// AUCTION PREVIEW AND EXHIBITION DATES
Thursday, November 14th, 2013 – 10am – 5pm CST (Media Preview)
Friday, November 15th, 2013 – 10am -6pm CST
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 – 10am – 4pm CST
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Beginning at 4pm CST
Austin Convention Center – Ballroom
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701