Classic treasures – Mario Andretti’s Countach under the hammer in Salzburg

Salzburg will be the Mecca for classic car fans this week. As part of the Classic Expo, the Dorotheum is auctioning off car treasures on October 15, from vehicles over 100 years old to a Lamborghini Countach that once belonged to Mario Andretti.

The Lambo is one of the highlights of the auction: the 25th Anniversary model in rosso seviglia was delivered to ex-Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti in 1989. With 5919 kilometers on the clock, the car went back from Andretti to Lamborghini Houston in March 2009. But then the story gets bumpy. Just over a month later, a Lamborghini mechanic at a transfer got carried away in a little race with a Viper, which almost ended both of them in the back of a truck. But on the Lambo, only a small scratch on the right air intake testified to what was probably the last day of work for the employee. Mario Andretti’s autograph on the rear wing also survived the small accident unscathed. It then went to the current owner in Austria, who is now selling the classic with 7408 kilometers (and now a European bumper). Estimated value: 320,000 to 420,000 euros.Highlight from an Austrian point of viewThe Steyr 220 cabriolet from 1939 is a vehicle for gourmets. Its 2260 ccm six-cylinder engine delivers 55 hp. Exactly 5,900 units of the 220 (in different variants) were produced up until 1941, before production switched to military equipment. This ended the history of automobile construction in Steyr, forever. Here is the car in video: Affordable classics for fans Not only such expensive treasures are for sale, but also classics that should be affordable for a larger number of car enthusiasts. Some Porsches are waiting for new owners at estimates, some of them starting at 10,000 euros. There is also a Steyr Fiat Panda 4X4 Country Club from 1993 (8-12,000 euros), as well as a duck (10-15,000 euros) or a Beetle convertible (28,000 to Italian car lovers will be more interested in a 1973 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato, or a 1963 Alfa Giulia Spider, a 1972 Fiat 124 Spider, a 1976 Giulia or, with an estimate of just 12,000 euros, an Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1 6. You could secure a Rolls-Royce for relatively little money: The 1965 Silver Cloud III has an estimated value of 20-30,000 euros – however, the follow-up costs for such vehicles are inestimably high. The auction object came to Austria in 2011, was painted and the interior was renovated. Nevertheless, a lot of work still seems to be necessary. A total of 66 vehicles are to come under the hammer. It can be viewed on Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the following day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hall 1 of the Classic Expo in the Salzburg Exhibition Center. The auction begins on October 15 at 4 p.m.
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