The Artcurial Motorcars Retromobile Auction 2013 will be staged Friday 8th February at the Retromobile Show in Paris. Under the gavel of former racing driver Herve Poulain, a crowd of 3,000 is expected for the 3rd annual auction.
Artcurial has assembled a strong collection of 115 motor cars, 25 motorcycles and assorted automobilia for their 2013 Retromobile auction, headlined by the ex-works 1936 Talbot-Lago T150 C, one of the stars of pre-war endurance races, which took part four times in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and once in the Mille Miglia, driven by Chiron/Chinetti/Rosier (estimate €1,200,000 – €1,600,000). The Talbot competed four times in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, in 1937, 1938, 1939 and 1949, and the Mille Miglia in 1937. It also took part in Grand Prix races before and after the war, clocking up strong results including 2nd in the 1946 Belgian Grand Prix, the Nantes Grand Prix and the Grand Prix des Trois Villes du Nord, driven by Pierre Levegh. Louis Rosier competed in the car in 1948 and 1949, finishing 4th in the Pau Grand Prix and 3rd in the Grand Prix di Pescara. It then retired from racing, re-appearing on the track in the 1980s to compete in historic race events throughout Europe.
Other highlights include the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet Pininfarina Series II, with hardtop, discovered in the basement of a building in Marseille, with 15,000 km on the clock, and in the hands of the second owner since 1969 (estimate €600,000 – €800,000).
Another consignment is the 1995 Bugatti EB 110 SS, the 31st and last EB 110 built and belonging to Romano Artioli, creator of Bugatti Automobili Spa in 1987. With only 14,000 km from new, it is sure to attract interest (estimate €380,000 – €480,000).
Another car that will draw the crowds is the 1953 Fiat 8V Coupe Vignale, estimated at €750,000 – €850,000. This exceptional coupe is the first of just 13 examples of Fiat’s “Otto Vu” that was bodied by Vignale and designed by Michelotti. The car was used by its playboy owner during the 1960s for trips to beaches along the Adriatic coast, as shown by photos of bikini-clad girls soaking up the sun on its bonnet.
Further offerings at the 2013 Artcurial Retromobile sale include the nine-car collection of Corsican publisher and singer, Pierre Brignole, notably the 1932 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Vanvooren (estimate €550,000 – €850,000), the no reserve 1970 Lamborghini Miura S (estimate €380,000 – €480,000) and the no reserve 1985 Lamborghini Countach QV (estimate €120,000 – €180,000).
“I am proud to have known this Corsican, since the end of the 1980s when, moving on from a newspaper of small ads, this press man began to diversify his interests and passions, with automobiles at the forefront. The majority of the cars were bought at auctions I held at the Palais des Congres. The line-up of models reveals two favoured themes: classics of the grand marques bodied by the best coachbuilders, and sports cars,” said Maitre Herve Poulain.
Additionally, the private collection of a Peugeot dealer in Germany will cross the block, including eight Citroens and a Peugeot 402 Eclipse, one of 29 known examples and in Concours condition (estimate €170,000 – €240,000).
The Artcurial Motorcars team, headed by Matthieu Lamoure, took last year’s sale to new heights, achieving an all-time record result for a car sale in France, with the ex-Roger Vadim 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider selling for €4,507,100.
This year’s auction, led by Herve Poulain, will take place on Friday 8th February 2013 at the Retromobile Show, Hall 4.3. The sale will start at 2:00pm for automobilia and 6pm for motorcycles and motorcars. Public viewing hours are Wednesday 6th February from 11am – 10pm, Thursday 7th February from 10am – 7pm and Friday 8th February from 10am – 6pm.