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2013 Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este

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Are you sitting down? You'll need to be, as the following may cause hyperventilation in those of a nervous disposition...

Those lucky enough to find themselves in Northern Italy next month are in for an extraordinary treat, as 25th May sees the annual Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este, an exclusive sale event on the shores of Lake Como. This year the sale, arranged by RM Auctions, is dominated by an astonishing roster of Ferrari's, worth an estimated £9 million plus.

How about a 2004 Enzo? 650Bhp, 1,028km on the clock, fully certified by Ferrari Classiche and one of just 400 units produced (chassis number 138347), going for an estimated €880,000 (£755k). Or a 1997 Ferrari F50, numbered 283 from a limited run of only 349 ever built, boasting 520bhp from its V12 and apparently low mileage, in the region of €480,000 (£411k). No? Well there's also a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, chassis number 54777 and certified by Ferrari, with 34,960km on the clock, for a mere €950,000 (£813k).

King of the hill for many will be the superlative F40, with 40,000km on the clock, full Ferrari Classiche certification and a recent service, commanding about €420,000 (£360k) or the ultra-rare 599XX from 2010, with a mindblowing 720bhp, 6.0-litre V12-engine, one of the most powerful ever built by the company. This model is number 25 of 29 (chassis number 170895) and was stored at Maranello since new, justifying a price tag of €1,100,000. (£942,000).

Also on offer are a couple of 365s, three 250s, or maybe a 275 GTS from the 1960s, plus a spectacular 1962 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe, for an estimated €2,200,000 (£1.9m) and a Pininfarina 330 GTC from 1966. Race fans will enjoy the prospect of a 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta 'Competizione,' while more modern entrants in the auction include a Ferrari 550 Barchetta from 2001.

If, inexplicably, you find nothing to tempt you among the Ferraris, you'll also see a 1954 Cisitalia 33DF Voloradente, a frighteningly beautiful Porsche 356 pre-A 1500 Speedster and a Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider, both from 1955, or a 2009 Maserati Touring, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 plus a couple of early Bugattis – a 1924 Type 30 Torpedo and a 1929 Type 44 Grand Sport. Further entries include a funky 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta, a breathtaking 1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet by Bertone and even a 1956 Riva Ariston Cadillac "Slughi" motor launch.

Previews start on Friday 24th May and admission to the event requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for €70. Just don't forget your wallet!

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