At the beginning of February, three of the biggest classic car auctions will take place in Paris. Meanwhile, the auctions are a highlight in the annual auction calendar and a must among interested collectors and buyers. Also this year, the auctions have some automobiles highlights in their program. The auction marathon starts on the 7th of February with the auction of RM & Sotheby’s. The absolute highlight of this auction is the Ferrari 166 MM Spider from 1953.
1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider
Only thirteen copies were built in 1953 by the Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia. The vehicle for sale was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and presumably built by Ferrari personally. The first owner brought the Ferrari already in 1953 for the Giro di Sicillia race and used a few weeks later on the Mille Miglia with the starting number 514th Driver on the Mille MIglia was Alberico Cacciari. His co-driver was Bill Mason, the father of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. In the overall standings, the team was 56er, in the class standings, they reached the third place. During the year 1953, the vehicle was still used on at least ten races. Also in 1954, the Ferrari was used with the chassis number 0272 M on the Mille Miglia. Only this time as a toy vehicle for an MGM movie with Kirk Douglas in the role of the racer. After that, the vehicle went to the US, where it had several owners.
1965 ISO Grifo A3 / C
Another highlight in the RM & Sothebys auction is the ISO Grifo A3 / C from the prominent prior possession of French rock ‘n roll star Johnny Hallyday. It is the eighth of only ten built copies that left the factory in 1965. The speedometer only has a total of 27,000 kilometers and the interior is still in its original condition.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy by Scaglietti
The coveted Ferrari 275 GTB chassis no. 08069 with the long front 1965. Its body is made entirely of aluminum and painted in the color Argento Metallizatto (106-E-1). The outer skin and interior in Nero (VM 8500) were just as presented today. Widely regarded as one of the biggest Ferraris of the 1960s, due to its stunning design and perfect weight balance, the 275 GTB will always be a magnet. The 08069 chassis, which emerged as an original example from an impressive 40-year history, provided the perfect foundation for a stunning restoration.
On April 8, the Bonhams Auction will take place at the Grand Palais, where the Paris Motor Show once took place. A highlight of this auction are four Lamborghinis from the history of the Italian brand, the Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini 400 GT, Countach and the Lamborghini Diablo VT.
For the first time, six factory rally vehicles are for sale. The highlight of this group is the 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B Rallye car in absolute original condition. The seats are signed by the rally drivers Markku Alan and Ilkka Kivimaki, His Estimate is 580,000 euros to 780,000 euros. In addition, there are still the 1975 Fiat Abarth Spider, one of seiben factory race cars, the 1988 Lancia Delta Integrale Group A 8V, also in its original condition and also the 1974 Fiat X1 / 9 Homologation Special for sale.
The auctions are closed by the French auction house Artcurial on the grounds of Rétromobil. In addition to the large Vanvooren collection come a few more highlights for sale.
1938 Bugatti 57C Atalanta
Only 34 copies of the Atalante were built on Bugatti 57 and 57C chassis. They are among the most elegant vehicles in automotive history. At Artcurial, the last built specimen of such a Bugatti 57C Atalante with an aluminum body will be auctioned during the Retromobile in Paris. The vehicle was presented in 1938 at the Geneva Motor Show and then delivered to Switzerland. After twenty years of first ownership, the owner sold the vehicle to the US, where it was owned by several collectors.
1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500
Also on the auction is the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, with which Battista Farina personally drove from Turin to the Paris Motor Show in 1942 to present the vehicle to the public. Originally the vehicle was sold to the Milanese Giuliana Tortolli-Cuccioli and should be built on a delivered chassis. Farina liked the body so much that he exhibited the Alfa Romeo before the delivery at the 1946 Geneva Motor Show. Then also in Lausanne and Paris. Since Farina was not invited to the Paris Motor Show because of the political situation after the war, he parked the car in front of the Parisian exhibition halls together with another Farina prototype, which his son Sergio Farina had driven. The audience and the press took the design of the vehicles very well and Farina became one of the leading bodywork companies in Italy. Farina bought the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 from his client and also brought him to various Concours D’Elegance events, where he received the ACI trophy in Turin for the most beautiful design. The Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was sold in 1948 to the Board of Austin in England. He probably served afterwards as a template for the Austin A90 Atlantic. Later, the vehicle was found in the USA. The Alfa Romeo was completely disassembled and partly heavily rebuilt. In an elaborate restoration, he was restored to its original state of delivery.
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