2022 RM Sotheby’s Paris Sale (First Cars Announced)

A 2003 Ferrari 550 GTC is the first high-profile car announced for sale in the RM Sotheby’s Paris Rétromobile Week 2022 classic car auction.

2003 Ferrari 550 GTC on sale in the RM Sotheby's Paris 2022 auction
Remi Dargegen ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A factory-owned 2003 Ferrari 550 GTC, estimate: €2,000,000 – €2,500,000, is the early lead car for the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2022 classic car auction during Rétromobile Week. Further highlights include a 1995 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI raced in “Jägermeister” livery by JAS and a 1969 Abarth 2000 Sport Tipo SE010 — both cars ready for historic racing. The sale will also include a single-owner 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT.

RM Sotheby’s Paris 2022 Classic Car Auction

RM Sotheby’s Paris 2022 classic car auction is scheduled for 5 February 2022 at Place Vauban as part of the Paris Rétromobile Week 2022. In 2021, RM Sotheby’s sold two cars for over a million dollar in the online auction that replaced the regular Paris February sales.

In 2020, RM Sotheby’s earned €16.5 million at its Paris sale with a sell-through rate of 75%. In 2019, RM Sotheby’s earned more than €32.4 million with a sell-through rate of 79%. In 2018, RM Sotheby’s earned €23,745,335 with a fairly strong 83% sell-through rate. In 2017, RM Sotheby’s achieved a gross sale total of €27,576,400 ($29,451,595) with a sell-through rate of 78%. In 2016, RM Sotheby’s grossed €19 million with a sell-through rate of 79%.

Early Highlights Announced for the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2022 Sale

The first cars announced for the RM Sotheby’s Paris Rétromobile Week 2022 classic car auctions include:

2003 Ferrari 550 GTC

2003 Ferrari 550 GTC side profile
Remi Dargegen ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Heading the early consignments is a 2003 Ferrari 550 GTC, chassis 2102, (Estimate: €2,000,000 – €2,500,000) a car owned by the Ferrari factory from 2003 to 2005 and supplied by them for evaluation and development into GT1 racing specification by famed Italian independent race team, N-Technology. Boasting a mighty 6.0 litre V12 engine producing just under 600bhp, JMB Racing was entrusted to run the car in selected rounds of the FIA GT championship in 2003. The car’s competition highlight was the 2003 Spa 24 Hours which it led overall for the first 6 hours, leading the Prodrive 550s before retiring from the race. The car was sold in 2005 via AF Corse to Napoli-based Gentleman driver Pierro Nappi and went on to be a dominant contender in the Italian Hillclimb Championship.

The car has had a sympathetic but extensive series of restorative works, and although not raced, chassis 2102 has been tested and demonstrated for selected magazine articles. With all the major mechanical components rebuilt and with very little running since, as well as extensive body and cosmetic work undertaken, the car is offered in excellent running condition and presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of these highly coveted and important Ferrari competition cars that represent the swansong of Ferrari’s long history of front-engined, V12 competition cars. Matching numbers and red book Ferrari Classiche certified.

1995 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI

1995 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI "Jägermeister"
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The 1995 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI “Jägermeister” Chassis number SE062E-005 (Estimate:  €600,000 – €700,000) is an iconic Touring Car from the ‘Super Touring’ golden era of the 1990s. This Evolution model was delivered by Alfa CORSE directly to the Italian EUROTEAM, where DTM driver, Michael Bartels, secured a convincing victory in both races at the 7th round of the season in Diepholz.

For the 1996 season, the car passed to the semi-works team of J.A.S. Motorsport in Lombardy. Under the official name “Jägermeister JAS Motorsport”, Bartels was again highly competitive in the car, finishing 4th in the opening race in Helsinki. This remarkable Alfa Romeo with its powerful V6 engine is presented in the most technologically advanced specification of its era. It features the most advanced factory aerodynamic package and boasts a sequential X-Trac 6-speed gearbox operated semi-automatically via  paddle shifts.

The power unit was recently completely overhauled and has since been run on the test bench. Offered in Paris with an extensive history file and all the necessary control units so that it can be used immediately.

1969 Abarth 2000 Sport Tipo SE010

1969 Abarth 2000 Sport Tipo SE010 on sale at RM Sotheby's Paris 2022 auction
Kevin Van Campenhout ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Of all the small, specialist marques to emerge in post-war years, few have the mystique and dedicated fan base as that of Abarth. Offered in Paris is a rare 1969 Abarth 2000 Sport Tipo SE010 (Estimate: €350,000 – €400,000) a car made all the more remarkable having been in one family’s ownership since 1976.

Famous for producing specialist components and with an enviable reputation in rallying, Abarth also produced highly competitive racing prototypes. 2000 Sport Tipo SE 010 was intended for homologation in the Group 4 category using the 2000cc four-cylinder 16-valve engine that delivered 250 horsepower at 8.700rpm. The model was instantly competitive, peaking when three such cars filled the podium at the 1968 500 km of the Nürburgring.

The car offered is chassis SE010-0018, acquired new by the driver Alain Finkelstein in 1969. During its racing career, it was mainly entered for various hill climb races, first by Finkel, then by Pierre Maublanc and Michel Pignard of the MAUBLANC RACING team.

In more recent years the car was regularly used for historic racing and track day events. In 2016, an expert and highly sensitive restoration was undertaken on this very original chassis which kept all of its original parts. Since then, it has been invited to participate in the prestigious Historic Hill Race of Ollon-Villars in Switzerland and the 2018 “Montée des Légendes du Col de la Faucille”. Chassis SE010-0018 represents an opportunity to acquire a car with a remarkable documented history, complete with FFSA passport and FIA Historic Technical Passport.

1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT

1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT
Paolo Carlini ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Paris sale will feature a mix of exotic road sports cars with the first road car announced a 1994 Bugatti EB 110 GT, (Estimate: €1,000,000 – €1,200,000). The car offered is in desirable silver with dual-tone blue/light grey interior, and was supplied new by Austrian dealer, Bruno De Cillia, in Villach, Kärnten and has been owned by a single owner since new. Displaying 25,000 km on the clock, this 213mph supercar is still capable of keeping up with today’s current crop of performance cars.

The EB series Bugattis of the mid-1990s was for long unpopular but seems to attract more interest and stronger prices in recent years. The last two Super Sports sold by RM Sotheby’s (Paris 2019 and Monterey 2021) saw prices well in excess of $2 million.

Paris Rétromobile Week Auctions 2022

Classic Car Auctions

The traditional Paris Rétromobile Week was postponed from early February to 16 – 20 March 2022. The Artcurial auction was postponed too but currently, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s are maintaining the early February dates.

  • Bonhams: Les Grandes Marques à Paris Sale on 3 February 2022.
  • Artcurial: Rétromobile Sale on 18 – 20 March 2022.
  • RM Sotheby’s: Paris Auction 2 February 2022.

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