2017 Artcurial Paris Rétromobile Auction (Preview)

Collection Hervé and Martine Ogliastro
Collection Hervé and Martine Ogliastro © Artcurial

A 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa and a 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale are the leading car for the Artcurial Rétromobile week classic car auction in Paris 2017. The auction will feature around 150 cars with the usual wide range of interesting and rare, if not necessarily particularly valuable, cars that make Artcurial’s Paris sale one of the most keenly watched by classic car enthusiasts. Around 10 percent of the cars on offer has the potential to sell for more than a million dollar.

Artcurial Paris Rétromobile Auction 2017

Artcurial is the official auctioneer of the Paris Rétromobile week and will hold its auction on 10 February 2017. Around 150 cars are on offer – many without reserve margins.

1957 Ferrari 315 / 335 S Scaglietti Spyder
© Artcurial / Christian Martin

Artcurial had spectacular successes at the previous two Rétromobile Paris auctions. In 2016, Artcurial sold a 1957 Ferrari 315 / 335 S for €32,075,200 ($35,711,359) – the highest price ever paid for a car at public auction in euro terms. In US dollar terms, the 1962/63 Ferrari 250 GTO sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge 2015 for $38 million is still the most-expensive car ever. In 2015, Artcurial sold the garage-find Baillon collection that included a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider for $18.5 million – still a model record.

Million-Dollar-Plus Cars at Artcurial Paris 2017

Artcurial often has estimates a bit more optimistic than rivaling auctioneers but the French auction house has had remarkable successes in recent years. The top cars on offer at Artcurial Paris Rétromobile 2017 include:

YearCarEstimate (€)
1948Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa par ScagliettiNo Estimate
1965Dino Berlinetta Speciale par Pininfarina4,000,000-8,000,000
1972Lamborghini Miura SV2,200,000-2,600,000
1960Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet1,300,000-1,600,000
1936Delahaye 135 châssis court compétition cabriolet Figoni Dalaschi1,200,000-1,800,000
1936Talbot Lago T150C1,200,000-1,600,000
1939Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet par Figoni & Falaschi1,200,000-1,600,000
1956Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing1,200,000-1,400,000
1935Bugatti Type 57 Atlante découvrable1,000,000-1,500,000
1987Porsche 959 Komfort950,000-1,200,000
1955Lancia B24 Spider America900,000-1,200,000
1961Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster900,000-1,100,000
1968Lamborghini Miura P400800,000-1,000,000
1950Delahaye 148 L coach par Saoutchik700,000-1,000,000
1970Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona750,000-850,000
1968Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada600,000-900,000
1931Cadillac V16 Convertible Victoria par Lancefield600,000-900,000
1967Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 par Touring580,000-660,000
1957OSCA Tipo S273500,000-800,000
1949Bentley Mk VI Cabriolet500,000-800,000
1984March 84 G Kreepy Krauly Groupe C500,000-700,000
1970Maserati Ghibli Spyder 4.7L500,000-700,000
2010Ferrari 599 GTO500,000-700,000
1938Horch 853 A Cabriolet500,000-700,000
1937Packard Twelve Torpédo Double Phaeton Style LeBaron500,000-700,000
1934Bugatti Type 57 coach Pre-Série Gangloff430,000-530,000
1938Delahaye 135 M Coupé Sport Chapron400,000-600,000
1973Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7L RS400,000-600,000
1937Peugeot 402 DS Darl’mat Sport Roadster400,000-460,000
1930Bugatti Baby30,000-50,000
1954Lamborgini DL 25 N30,000-40,000
1961Porsche Diesel Super Export 32920,000-30,000

Ferraris at Artcurial Paris 2017

1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa
1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa © Artcurial

1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa

1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa
1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa © Artcurial

The 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa by Scaglietti is the only car offered by Artcurial at Paris 2017 without an estimate. It will sell, as there is no reserve either.

This 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa is an important car from Ferraris early history as carmaker. It was one of the first cars Ferrari built for a customer and modified the chassis on demand of its first owner and driver, Giampiero Bianchetti. The car was extensively raced up to 1952 and had many good placings but no victories.

Following a complete restoration, the Ferrari 166 SC won Best of Show in the Zurich Concours d’Elégance in August 2016. Although a racing car, it is street legal.

1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina

The 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is a unique vehicle and enters the auction with a wide estimate (€4,000,000 – €8,000,000) and no reserve.

The 1965 Dino Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina was the first mid-engined Ferrari GT and aided the development of the Ferrari cars that would follow. The car has been on static display in the Automobile du Mans Museum since 1967. The engine is without internal moving parts making the car only suitable for further static display in future. €8 million may be a bit much for an undrivable prototype Ferrari, even one as good looking and special as this one.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pinin Farina

The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pinin Farina, estimate €1,300,000-€1,600,000 is the only other Ferrari on offer at Artcurial Paris 2017 expected to sell for over a million dollar. This car was the 93rd of 200 produced and is in a restored condition. The penultimate car produced is unrestored and expected to fetch considerably less at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 sale.

Lamborghinis at Artcurial Paris 2017

1972 Lamborghini Miura SV

The 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV, estimate €2,200,000-€2,600,000, is the most expensive of the range of Lamborghinis on offer at Artcurial Paris 2017. It is one of only two dry sump / air conditioned Miura SVs sold in Europe.

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400

An earlier 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 is expected to sell for half that with an estimate of €800,000-€1,000,000.

Cheaper, but more interesting Lamborghinis at Artcurial Paris include the lesser known:

  • 1954 Lamborghini DL 25 N, estimate €30,000-€40,000 – a tractor. (Bonhams is offering a Lamborghini tractor too!)
  • 1973 Lamborghini Urrasco P 250 S, estimate €120,000-€140,000
  • 1969 Lamborghini Espada P 400 GT – estimate €240,000 – €280,000.

Delahaye at Artcurial Paris Rétromobile 2017

Several Delahaye cars will be on sale during Rétromobile week 2017 with three at Artcurial expected to sell for over a million dollar each:

  • 1936 Delahaye 135 châssis court compétition cabriolet Figoni & Falaschi (estimate €1,200,000- €1,800,000) – one of six coupés produced by Figoni et Falaschi in 1936 on the short chassis 135 Competition. The car has a known history from new.
  • 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi (estimate €1,200,000-€1,600,000) – still has its original engine, body and chassis. The car was shown at Pebble Beach in 2016.
  • 1950 Delahaye 148 L coachwork by Saoutchik (estimate €700,000-€1,000,000) was the Salon de Paris 1950 car for the Saoutchik Carrosserie stand. The well-maintained car had only two owners from new.

1936 Talbot Lago T150C

The 1936 Talbot Lago T150C, chassis 82930, estimate €1,200,000-€1,600,000, is an important French racing car from the 1930s. This particular Talbot Lago participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours race four times driven by amongst others Chiron, Chinetti and Levegh. It actively raced from 1936 to 1939 and again from 1946 to 1950. It has changed owners around 25 times since new.

Mercedes Benz at Artcurial Paris 2017

Two Mercedes Benz car are expected to sell for over a million dollar at Artcurial Paris 2017:

  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe (Gullwing / Papillon), estimate €1,200,000- €1,400,000, has a rare, original specification for more sporty driving than standard. Possibly the only Gullwing with this special factory order. (Bonhams also offers a Gullwing in Paris 2017.)
  • 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, estimate €900,000-€1,100,000, is a well-maintained example in its original color scheme with only three previous owners.

Bugattis at Artcurial Paris 2017

Several Bugattis will be on offer at Artcurial Paris 2017:

  • The 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante découvrable, estimate €1,000,000-€1,500,000, was the first Atalante presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1935. It is one of only eight made with a fold-down roof and the only one to have survived with its original chassis.
  • The 1934 Bugatti Type 57 coach Pre-Série Gangloff, estimate €430,000-€530,000, is one of three Gangloff coupés built in 1934 on the 57 chassis. It is a matching numbers example with a known ownership history from new.
  • The more affordable route to Bugatti ownership could be through the 1930 Bugatti Baby, estimate €30,000-€50,000. This electric children’s car is a 1:2 scale model of the Type 35 Grand Prix racer. A 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix (and another Bugatti Baby) is on offer at Gooding Scottsdale 2017 – estimate $2,600,000-$3,200,000.

The auction Bugatti of the year is more likely to be the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet that RM Sotheby’s announced for Amelia Island in March 2017. First expectations mentioned were above $8.5 million.

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort

The 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, estimate €950,000-€1,200,000, is a well-maintained car that was driven around 26,000 km by two previous owners. It has no other special features and should sell within estimate. RM Sotheby’s will sell a rarer Sport and expect about double the result for a Komfort.

A cheaper Porsche will be the 1961 Porsche Diesel Super Export 329 tractor, estimate €20,000-€30,000, although some of the more common 911s may also be available at this money.

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