Every year, the classic car season is ushered in one of the most significant auctions during the Rétromobile in Paris. For many, the Rétromobile and parallel auctions of Arcurial, RM & Sotheby’s and Bonhams at the Grand Palais are a trend barometer for New Year’s performance. Especially for the European market, of course.
Artcurial also has some real rarities on offer again in 2019. The highlight of the auction so far is the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta from 1939, with an estimated value of € 16 million to 22 million. Only about fifty vehicles of this type were built and of which only five vehicles are equipped with the sleek body of Touring. The Alfa Romeo for sale at the auction in February is a fourth-hand, but was for 47 years last-owned. The vehicle is still in delivery condition and still has the original engine. The last sold model to be sold at a 2016 RM & Sothebys auction was the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, which raised $ 19.8 million.
A prominent racing history can be found in the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix. The vehicle is largely original, since the race car was never involved in an accident. The vehicle was originally acquired by Maurice Lehoux, a private racer. He drove the car at the Grand Prix in Monaco in 1932 and scored the sixth place. Later, the vehicle was even driven by well-known racing drivers like Maurice Trintignat in over 40 Grand Prix races. The estimated value for the Bugatti Type 51 is around 4 to 5 million euros.
Another highlight at the auction will be the Maserati A6CGS, built in 1953, with Fantuzzi bodywork. The vehicle was delivered to the US at the time and was recently completely restored. The history of the vehicle is complete and it has been proven that the vehicle was driven for test drives by Juan Manuel Fangio. The estimated value of this vehicle is about 3.75 to 4.5 million euros.
A Parisian businessman collected over years gray vintage cars. Now his collection will be auctioned at Artcurial during the Retromobile exhibition. In the „Gray Collection“ are the following vehicle to find: Ferrari 275 GTC from 1966 (estimated 2.3 to 2.6 million euros), the Ferrari 250 Lusso from 1966 (estimated 1 to 1.3 million euros) and an Aston Martin DB4 Series V from 1962 (estimated value 900,000 to 1.1 million euros).
From another collection three absolute rarities are sold, three GT models from the automobile production of Count von Volpi in the early 60s. The Serenissima vehicles should in Maranello the competition fear. All three vehicles look as if they had just left the racetrack. However, they were in a garage for many years. The only previous owner was Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata personally.
Among the vehicles is the Serenissima Spyder with Fantuzzi bodywork, an exceptional Spyder that competed in the 1966 No 24 24-hour race at Le Mans. The Spyder is equipped with a 3.5 liter V8 engine and has an aluminum body. Only two vehicles were built and haute exists only this Spyder. His estimate is around 1.3 to 1.8 million dollars. The other two vehicles are a Serenissima Agena from 1967 and the Ghia GT from 1968.
Like three years ago, Artcurial once again offers a sensational barn find. Three Bugattis who stood in a barn for decades and only recently saw the light of day again. A Bugatti Type 40, a Bugatti Type 49 Sedan and a Bugatti Type 57 Graber Cabriolet.