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Style masterpieces for sale at Pebble Beach


The Peugeot 402 Special Sport Darl’mat (estimated between 1 and 1.5 million euros). Theodore W. Pieper ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

AUCTIONS – On the sidelines of the Californian Concours d’Elegance in August, auction houses are stocking up on exceptional machines.

It had to happen one day. More and more large collections, often built up during the Glorious Thirties and therefore enjoying an irrefutable pedigree, are found on the market. Proof that their owners are only the temporary custodians of their exceptional machines. In the United States, the estates of eminent collections are generally settled at Pebble Beach, as part of the annual Concours d’Elegance which brings together the greatest collectors on the planet. The 2022 edition (from August 18 to 21) is no exception to the rule.

On the shores of the Pacific, between the golf course of Pebble Beach and the picturesque village of Carmel, the largest Anglo-Saxon auction houses (Bonhams, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s) will parade more than 300 cars. This year, more than any other, we had never seen so many dispersed collections. This will be an almost unique opportunity to acquire automobile “Mona Lisa”, whether by their rarity, their…

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BMW 507, in the shade for four decades


NEWS – Bonhams will sell on September 30 in Newport, United States, a 507 roadster parked for 43 years in a box in Philadelphia.

It still seems incredible today. Not all garages have revealed their secrets yet. Almost everywhere in the world, certain cars have been sleeping, sometimes for several decades, away from prying eyes. They have been forgotten or concealed. They reflect a family history.

This is how the Anglo-Saxon house Bonhams got their hands on one of the 252 copies of the 507 roadster that BMW marketed in the mid-1950s. In its own juice and relatively well preserved, this vehicle was parked in a box adjoining a pavilion in a modest neighborhood of Philadelphia. This is a 1957 Series II roadster with rare options: Rudge wheels and a hardtop.

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The 507 will be one of the attractions of the Bonhams auction which will take place within the framework of the Audrain competition in Newport on September 30th. In anticipation of the sale, Bonhams pieced together the history of the 507. The roadster was sold new in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1979, he moved to Montreal, Canada, to the seller’s father. The famous BMW was then driven to a garage in Philadelphia, which it never left for 43 years. Occasionally the V8 was started.

The 507 will be sold without a reserve price. It is estimated at 1.8 and 2.2 million dollars.

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Renault cleans up its collection


AUCTION – On the occasion of Le Mans Classic, Artcurial is auctioning off a few vehicles from the French manufacturer’s collection.

He is neither the first nor the last. Peugeot but also Citroën and more recently Mercedes with the spectacular sale of one of the two 300 SLR Coupé Uhlenhaut have already taken such steps. Renault has decided to clean up its collection and separate a few cars. Consisting of more than 800 vehicles telling its story from the birth of the company in 1898 until today, this museum is not open to the public. Between production cars, show or development prototypes and competition models, this collection represents a gold mine. However, it has duplicates or vehicles that are not of first-rate historical or heritage interest. This is how the Boulogne-based manufacturer conducted a reflection on the evolution of its collection. To assist him in his approach, Renault approached the Artcurial house which will disperse according to its next sales some vehicles from the Renault collection under the theme “Renault Icons”. Hugues Portron, the director of RenaultClassic, insists on the fact that “to prosper, a collection must evolve, adapt, renew itself around a hard core made up of essentials. We are very happy to be supported by Artcurial in this process and thus to offer enthusiasts the possibility of appropriating witnesses to the extraordinary history of Renault.” The first eight lots will thus be dispersed during the sale to be held at Le Mans Classic on July 2nd.

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On this occasion, Artcurial will sell the Formula 1 RE40-03 that Alain Prost drove during the 1983 season. At the wheel of this single-seater, the four-time French world champion will take the start of five Grand Prix. He won the Belgian Grand Prix, finished 2nd in San Marino and 3rd in Monaco after taking pole position. Other Formula 1 will be offered during the sale: the Tyrrell 015 with V6 Turbo Renault engine driven by Philippe Streiff in 1986; a Williams-Renault FW15 show car similar to the world champion car with Alain Prost in 1993; a Benetton B197 Formula 1 show car identical to the one Jean Alesi drove during the 1997 season.

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The “Renault Icons” catalog will also present the Clio 16S Group 4 that Carlos Tavares drove in rallying, the Laguna that Renault entered in the English Touring Car Championship BTCC in 1999, an F1 V6 Turbo engine from the period 1985-1986 never used in competition and a 1970 Renault Elf Gordini single-seater for children.

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Artcurial at Rétromobile, solid results


AUCTIONS – The sales success of the French house testifies to an intact passion for collectible and exceptional vehicles.

Despite an anxiety-provoking context – war in Ukraine, rise in the price of raw materials and inflationary pressure – collector and exceptional vehicles are still the stuff of dreams. This is one of the main lessons learned from the event sales that the Artcurial auction house organized as part of the Rétromobile show. It must be said that the catalog of the house on the Champs-Élysées roundabout included a few nuggets. Starting with the collection of Ferrari supercars from the Léandri estate, a Monegasque lawyer passionate about the Maranello brand. The highest bid went to the Ferrari F50. An enthusiast still paid 4,161,600 euros for this berlinetta with an atmospheric V12 engine which only showed 1,318 km. In comparison, the F40 from the same collection appreciated 2,102,400 euros. Produced in only 349 units, the F50 has, it seems, taken the ascendancy over its sister which was the subject of a series of approximately 1,300 copies. The F50 benefits from a behavior that is easier to domesticate, compared to the last work of Enzo Ferrari, which suffers from an impetuous temperament. Driving an F40 requires having a pilot’s license and being armed with a good dose of composure. It requires quite a manual. Another Ferrari from the Léandri collection, the Enzo changed hands against a check for 2,846,000 euros.

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Another succession, the Aston Martins belonging to Alain Aziza have aroused great interest. The DB5, which was presented in competition condition, was sold for 834,400 euros including costs.

Among the headliners of the sale, the Gordini 18S berlinetta that Argentine champion Juan-Manuel Fangio drove in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans fetched 1,013,200 euros including costs. A result close to the low estimate and which some may consider a little disappointing for this machine eligible for Le Mans Classic. Another nugget of the sale that could compete in the retrospective of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and appearing on the cover of the catalog, the Porsche 907 n°022 which ran in the 1967 world endurance championship under the factory banner reached the auction of 4,390,400 euros.

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On the applause meter, no part could compete with the Harley-Davidson Softail Héritage 1340 of 1990. A gift from Pascal Nègre, boss of Universal, to Johnny Hallyday, this motorcycle is the mechanical star of a video clip before to accompany the French star on the stage of his concert at the Stade de France in September 1998. Alongside the concert, a competition is organised. The first prize is the Harley nicknamed “Laura eyes” in reference to the color of the eyes of her daughter Laura. Frédéric, the winner of the competition, kept the bike for nearly 24 years. He has just pocketed 395,000 euros, the price reached by the Harley on Friday evening. As for the buyer, an idol of the rock’n’roll star, he spent 470,840 euros including the costs, to acquire this unique model transformed by “Too Much Concept”, the Cannes specialist of the American brand.

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Oscar Davis collection, more than 100 million euros worth of cars


AUCTIONS – Next August, RM Sotheby’s is selling 27 exceptional machines from the collection of the American Davis in Pebble Beach.

Question of period. One after the other, the greatest collections of automobiles built up during the Glorious Thirty ended up on the market after the death of their owner. This is the case of that of the American Oscar Davis. A Hungarian immigrant who arrived in the United States at the age of 3 in 1929, Mr. Davis devoted his entire life to a passion for automobiles. Having made a fortune in pool accessories and equipment with Hayward Industries, which he bought in 1964, Oscar Davis had built up one of the finest collections of exceptional cars. One of those that arouses respect and admiration as the models he has collected represent the pinnacle of the automobile. His cars, mainly GTs and racing cars from before and after the war, are the dream of all collectors and represent in a way the ideal collection.

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With his death last year at the age of 95, twenty-seven models are on sale. RM Sotheby’s was commissioned to disperse the collection. Most of the vehicles will be sold at the home sale event on August 19 in Carmel, as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Six models from the collection will be sold over the counter as part of the house’s private sales.

The list is not exhaustive but the Oscar Davis collection includes only exceptional Italian, German, English and French machines. RM Sotheby’s appraised it for 100 million dollars, or just over 100 million euros at the current price. This is how we find one of the Talbot Lago T150-C SS berlinettas bodied by Figoni & Falaschi in 1937, but also a Bugatti 57 S Aravis. The sale will also be an almost unique opportunity to acquire one of the BMW 328 Bugelfalte roadsters which took part in the Mille Miglia race in 1940. This model is estimated at 10 million dollars.

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Other treasures from the collection: an Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 berlinetta, four Lancia B24 Spiders, a competition Maserati 450 S, a Maserati A6G/54 2000 Spyder and a fine sample of Ferrari. His collection of Maranello models includes a 166 MM, a 375 MM Spider, the special Pininfarina cabriolet (1737 GT) made at the request of lawyer Paul Villard on a short 250 GT chassis and bodywork inspired by the 400 Superamerica, the 250 GT Passo chassis 1757 GT and a 250 GT Spider California.

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Toyota-Shelby 2000 GT, the most expensive Toyota in the world?


AUCTION – Sold on March 4 at Amelia Island by Gooding & Company, this racing version of the 2000 GT coupé is estimated at nearly 3.2 million euros.

Is this the most expensive Japanese car in the world? The American house Gooding & Company has estimated between 2.7 and 3.5 million dollars (nearly 3.2 million euros) the Toyota 2000 GT coupe that it will disperse on March 4 during its sale of Amelia Island. A small fortune. This coupé is one of three that American champion Carroll Shelby, whose adventure is brought to the screen in “Le Mans 66”, prepared for competition in 1967. Its name is worth gold.

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It must be said that the production 2000 GT coupe is already a rarity that is setting the auction rooms on fire. It was in 1965 that the Japanese manufacturer presented a prototype of its coupé, a kind of Oriental E-Type. A strict two-seater, the 2000 GT is powered by a two-litre straight-six from the Crown. The aluminum cylinder head, capped with two chain-driven overhead camshafts, was developed by Yamaha. The motorcycle manufacturer didn’t do things by halves: the cylinder head uses hemispherical combustion chambers and roof-shaped pistons. Stuffed by three Solex double body horizontal 40 PHH carburettors, the Japanese six-cylinder delivers 150 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed synchronized gearbox and a limited-slip differential. On the structural side, Toyota engineers drew their inspiration from Lotus by taking over the beam chassis architecture of the Elan. Ditto for the suspensions which are modeled on combined coil springs and the telescopic shock absorbers of the English.

The career of the Toyota coupe began with a bang. Before its marketing, the 2000 GT was chosen to accompany the adventures of James Bond in You only live twice. But as there is no question of locking the secret agent in a coupe, Toyota imagined a convertible of which three copies were produced. That 007 runs in 2000 GT does not lead to an influx of orders. It must be said that the high-performance coupé was billed at 42,500 francs in 1968, while an Alpine A110 was worth 26,700 francs. The Japanese coupe will finally be produced in 351 units, including only 7 for the French market.

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In the United States, one of its main markets, its performance has not gone unnoticed. Carroll Shelby thinks the Japanese coupe would be an excellent basis for competing in the US SCCA championship. This is how he developed three examples of the 2000 GT for competition. The car in the Amelia Island sale is the first chassis made, the MF10-10001. The sporting career of the Toyota-Shelby will be brief and it remains today with this coupé, the marvelous testimony of the debut in competition of the Toyota firm.

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Juan Manuel Fangio’s cars up for auction


Two vehicles bearing the ex-Fangio label will be put up for sale by Artcurial and RM Sotheby’s next March.

The admirers of the five-time Argentinian Formula 1 world champion are delighted. In the space of a week, two vehicles benefiting from the ex-Fangio label will be on the market. And not least. The first is the Type 18S coupé, chassis no. 020S, that Amédée Gordini entered in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans for Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González.

Offered during the Artcurial sale of Rétromobile, the berlinette is an essential part of the Gordini adventure, produced in only two copies. The very original duralium body houses a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder Gordini compressor producing almost 138 hp which allowed Fangio to be timed at 235 km/h in the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans. The Gordini of the two Argentinian pilots abandons at 5 o’clock in the morning, engine out of order. While the 020S chassis continued its sporting career in the Gordini team for a few more years, it was not until August 9, 1990 that Fangio returned to his old mount.

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Auctions: when 500 exceptional cars change hands


STORY – The auctions of several prestigious collections, in March by Artcurial, whet the appetite of collectors. Review.

It’s a whole era that’s getting out of hand. When the baby-boom generation does not disappear, it decides to put its house in order. This is how entire collections of leading automobiles end up on the market. In Europe as well as in the United States. Each time, it’s the work of a life that is scattered like a puzzle. The phenomenon is taking on a dimension never seen before. Proof that collectors are in short only memorial guardians of history and heritage. In most cases, these machines feed the major auction catalogs of major auction houses. Enough to arouse the keen collectors of a whole family of amateur apprentices because most of the pieces do not suffer from any subjection. Their pedigree is irrefutable. The sudden influx of these exceptional machines represents a golden opportunity to build the ideal garage.

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Talbot-Lago T150-C SS, a “Mona Lisa” at auction


AUCTION – The main attraction of the Gooding & Company sale on March 4 is this extravagant berlinetta signed Figoni & Falaschi.

The best. This is how the Talbot-Lago T150-C SS fitted by the Boulogne-based coachbuilder Figoni & Falaschi, between 1937 and 1939, are called. golden age of French bodywork. The slender, dynamic, harmonious line is a monument of elegance. These exceptional machines are not legion. About ten were built with minor variations from one to another.

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These berlinettas, jealously guarded by their passionate owners, are rarely for sale. Suffice to say that the presence of one of them on the market is an event. This is what will happen on March 4th. Gooding & Company will disperse chassis number 90107 during its Amelia Island, Florida vacation. This is one of two examples produced with faired wheels.

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In 1937, the sensational berlinetta was the wedding gift of the Maharajah of Kapurthala -Tika Raja – to the Englishwoman Stella Mudge, the heir to the state of Kapurthala, in the northwest of India, a convinced Francophile, was spending a good part of the year in France. During one of his stays, he fell in love with Stella Mudge, a dancer at the Folies Bergères. With the Talbot, the English beauty won a contest of elegance in 1938. Stella kept the aluminum-bodied Talbot for two years. Specializing in the sale of sports cars, the Italian Luigi Chinetti bought it and exported it to the United States on behalf of the collector Tommy Lee. When the latter died in 1950, the Talbot Lago changed hands several times before being stored for almost 50 years. It resurfaced in 2004 when it was sold to the Nethercutt collection, one of the most beautiful American automobile museums based in Los Angeles. After a complete American-style restoration, Talbot Lago n°90107 won numerous prizes in internationally renowned elegance competitions. Its mechanics coming from the racing models which have distinguished themselves in endurance races contribute to the fascination exerted by the car. On March 4, this model, one of the most desirable in the history of French bodywork, should join a new collection. It is estimated at 10 million dollars, or 8.8 million euros. The last copy sold in 2017 by RM Sotheby’s had not exceeded the auction of 3.36 million euros.

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RM Sotheby’s in Paris: for more than 17 million Ferraris


AUCTION – Maranello racing cars always make people dream. All the models put up for sale in Paris by the Anglo-Saxon house have found takers.

Ferraris remain a safe bet in the collection. During the Parisian sale of the Anglo-Saxon house RM Sotheby’s, all the models adorned with the Cavallino Rampante were sold, with the exception of one of the two 550 GTC entered in the FIA ​​GT championship in 2003. It must be said that the catalog offered a large sample of the production of the manufacturer from Maranello. Starting with the collection of the Alsatian Marcel Petitjean which brought together no less than 28 vehicles recounting three decades of GT Ferrari, whether models with six, eight or 12 cylinder engines. From 37,950 euros, it was possible to acquire a 1975 Dino 208 GT4. 308 GTB with polyester body distinguished by a gain of 150 kilos on the scale compared to a steel body. Ferrari would have produced only 712 copies of this berlinetta dressed in “Vetroresina”.

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The 1986 Testarossa was sold for 178,250 euros. A high bid justified by the fact that the 12-cylinder berlinetta belongs to the first “Monospecchio” series, signaling itself by the single rear-view mirror located on the top of the windscreen pillar, hence their nickname Monospecchio. The 275 GTB/4 in the collection, which had belonged to shoemaker Charles Jourdan, exceeded 2 million euros – 2,367,500 euros including costs. The highest bid in the Petitjean collection was the 288 GTO, sold for 3,464,375 euros including costs. In total, this Ferrari collection generated a turnover of almost 12 million euros.

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The surprise of the RM Sotheby’s sale came from another Ferrari: the 400i revisited in 1983 by Giovanni Michelotti at the request of a member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Note that this is the Italian coachbuilder’s latest achievement on a Ferrari chassis. An enthusiast did not hesitate to pay 432,500 euros, i.e. 245% more than the high estimate, to acquire this unique and unprecedented Ferrari, renamed Meera S. The RM Sotheby’s sale also highlighted the interest collectors for the Ferrari F50. The copy of the catalog went against a check for 3,436,250 euros.

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