Outboard designed by Sonny Levi for Gianni Agnelli hits market for the first time in decades
A powerful and elegant speedboat custom designed in 1968 by the famous British boatbuilder Sonny Levi for Gianni Agnelli, then president of Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari, will join more than 100 classic cars in an auction. online auctions only from Tuesday. at RM Sotheby’s.
The G. The “Cinquanta” G50 speedboat was owned by Agnelli until 1975 and is offered on the open market for the first time with an estimate of over € 500,000 (US $ 570,000), said RM Sotheby’s, who refused 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 owned a collection of modern and vintage yachts, fast cruisers and racing boats. His desire to have a boat “to be fast and reliable while 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 specifications. rigorous by Cantiere Delta in Anzio, Italy, according to RM Sotheby’s.
The boat features a cabin by Sergio Pininfarina 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 is a pleasure to offer a boat that is both truly unique and which interests both automotive and nautical enthusiasts, thanks to its incredible provenance, its magnificent design and its impressive performance”, Nick Wiles, automotive specialist at RM Sotheby’s said in a statement.
The auction will also feature over 100 vintage cars and automotive memorabilia, including a collection of eight albums featuring over 500 autographs of F1 drivers.
A rare 1954 Fiat 8V Coupé, one of 114 small coupés produced and the only Fiat to be fitted with a V8 engine, will showcase the vintage cars offered for sale. The car was originally delivered to the UK in 1965 and has remained there ever since. It has appeared in many classic races, including the Fordwater Trophy Goodwood Revival 2015. It is expected to fetch between 1.2 and 1.4 million euros.