The February 9-10, 2018 Artcurial Motorcars Auction initiates the official start of the European automotive auction season as part of the long running Salon Retro Mobile in Paris. This year a very special group of Porsche motor cars could garner good prices and attention as some of them are quite rare. The Volante Collection will have nine extraordinary examples of Vanvooren coachwork. One of the highlights of the auction will be a 1938 Bugatti 57C Atalante, however eyes are on the 1964 LeMans winning Ferrari 275 P to see if it will be the world’s most expensive Ferrari. These are amongst the seven interesting cars we’ve chosen to highlight from this year’s Artcurial Motorcars Auction. Drooling is allowed.
1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS Cabriolet Estimate 800,000 – 1,200,000 €
One of only 27 built in this configuration, a 1991 letter from Porsche to the previous owner stated it was fully restored by the Zuffhausen factory workshops. It was in 1991 when famous French enthusiast and gentleman driver Jean-Claude Miloé happened upon the car during a visit to the factory and ended up adding it to his collection.
1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet Estimate 600,000 – 800,000 €
This unrestored original car has had a remarkable seat at the table of history. It was delivered in 1937 to Aksel Holm, the German consul based in Norway. Germany invaded Norway in June of 1940 and because of his good relationship with Germany, Holm was allowed to keep his car. A change in command meant the car was requisitioned in 1943 and sent to air base at Trondheim, the headquarters for the German air force in Norway and base for the Focke Wulf 200 bombers.
After the 1945 surrender on the 9th of June the Horch was used the following day by Crown Prince Olaf of Norway as a parade car. The car went into private hands in the 1950’s and has remained in miraculous original condition throughout the stewardship of many owners.
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith faux cabriolet Vanvooren Estimate 120,000 – 180,000 €
This era of cars often brings a unique flavor, like the car above, it is the tie to the perilous time in history which make them all the more interesting. This Rolls-Royce was one of two Wraiths bodied by Vanvooren, one a Limousine and the other a Faux Cabriolet, commissioned by the Argentine owner. These were the last cars delivered by the coachbuilder before the war broke out. After spending most of its life in Argentina, the car spent times in the hands of a collector in Japan and now is part of the Volante Collection in Germany. The catalog notes it as a “museum exhibit” and not driven much in recent years cautioning an inspection and service prior to use.
1937 Hispano-Suiza J12 Gurney Nutting Estimate 600,000 – 900,000 €
Built for Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar II of Indore, a enthusiast of the Art Deco styling in furniture, jewelry and cars, this car is one of four surviving long chassis versions. Those little holes on the roof, just above the windscreen, is a pair of red and blue lights, used to indicate whether or not the Marahaja was inside. Later owned by the Blackhawk Collection and now a noted Bugatti enthusiast, it has never been on public display.
1938 Bugatti Type 57C coupé Atalante Estimate 3,000,000 – 3,500,000 €
This carefully constructed Type 57C was completed just days before its arrival at the 1938 Geneva Motor Show. It left Molsheim with a blue/black two tone livery and tan interior. It is one of seven cars Bugatti built in 1938 and one of 34 Atalantes, officially number 25, aboard a 57 or 57C chassis. After a list of Swiss owners the car was purchased by an American in 1961 who also changed the colors to the red and black worn today, though he was certainly not the first to change the paint colors.
1964 Ferrari 275 P No. 0816 Estimate – stratosphere
Amazing but true, this is last factory Ferrari to win LeMans. Driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella against the first appearance of the Ford GT40s at LeMans and the year in which three spectators died during the nighttime race. Later part of the famed French collector Pierre Bardinon’s fleet of 50 Ferraris, eyes are watching to see if this will be the most expensive Ferrari to sell at auction.
2006 Ferrari FXX Estimate 2,600,000 – 3,000,000 €
Another big Ferrari, one of 30 (one of 38 depending on who’s talking) track only FXX prototypes , yet never tracked, comes with its original transportation crates and parts! With only 97km since new and 6th gear having never been passed this is basically a brand spanking new 12 year old car.
You’ve heard of Paris in the springtime, for car enthusiasts its February, smartly timed for extending a trip a couple of days to celebrate Valentine’s Day and ease the spouse through any automotive auction purchases. I’m trying to help, guys you just have to spin this right.