It’s day 3 of Retromobile 2019, and what a vintage it has proven to be so far! In addition to manufacturers such as Bugatti and Citroen using the event to gather legendary machines and celebrate anniversaries, the auctions have been offering up some truly remarkable cars. The flow of impressive cars going under the hammer is showing no signs of stopping thanks to today’s star-studded roster.
Here are some of the highlights hitting the ArtCurial auction block on 8 February 2019.
It wouldn’t be an auction in Paris without mention of France’s most iconic car. This little 2CV was actually last purchased at Retromobile 2017, but has since benefited from a restoration and modifications for classic rallying.
This battleship grey classic features Equilux headlamps, reinforced rims, a passenger grip, card reader, and a mechanical windshield washer. In addition to these primarily cosmetic enhancements, the 2CV gained 32 Speed carburettor tubing and a protective plate under the engine.
Its restoration involved a total teardown with every element of the car inspected. The wiring harness was replaced and its simplistic interior reupholstered during the rebuild.
This 2CV has travelled less than 144 miles since its restoration and is set to go under the hammer with an estimate of $20,600 - $32,000.
Fancy a swim? This wartime amphibious vehicle was designed by Ferdinand Porsche for the German army in World War II. As well as featuring selectable all-wheel drive for though terrain, the living piece of automotive history is seaworthy thanks to a restoration during 1990.
This highly original military amphibian has an estimate of $103,000 - $137,000.
The Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic is arguably one of the greatest collector cars of all time. The stunning Jean Bugatti designed coupés change hands for such incredible sums, that the car is out of reach to even well heeled classic car enthusiasts. This incredible replica is one of the most affordable ways into Type 57 ownership.
Well, we say affordable… This replica car has an estimate of $914,000 - $1,371,000 making it a sizeable investment. The car was a collaboration between its owner and Danish engineer Erik Koux, who built it in 1989. It’s based on a 57 654 drivetrain and a 57S chassis, and hosts a beautiful aluminium recreation of the Atlantic body.
This well documented car might be the closest many get to owning a Type 57 Atlantic due to only two originals remaining.
Luigi Platé was an Italian racing driver who is reported to have competed in over 400 races during his career. That wealth of experience lead him to start creating his own racing cars such as this Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Platé Spéciale. Using a 2300 Gran Turismo as a starting point, he built his own tubular chassis for the car and decided to use the tubes themselves to feed oil from the reservoir to various components. It was certainly an innovative sports car for its time.
Fully restored, the Alfa Romeo won the ‘Green Ribbon’ at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This prize was in addition to winning its class at the Jolla Concours in 2004. We hope that its new owner will aim to add to this car’s trophy cabinet.
The Platé Spéciale has an estimate of $457,500 - $572,000.
One of the factory Alpine A110s that contributed to Alpine winning the very first World Rally Championship, this little French sports car is one of our favourites. It actually won the Portuguese Rally in 1973 and came second on its debut on the Monte Carlo Rally.
Chassis 18290 was piloted by ace Swedish driver Ove Andersson with his co-driver being current president of the FIA, Jean Todt. Restored and ready to rally, this car comes with an extensively documented history.
The Alpine has an estimate of $340,000 - $570,000.
From rallying fame to one of the sport’s forgotten competitors, this 1991 BX 4TC represents Citroen’s Group B efforts. This rare homologation special doesn’t boast event-winning heritage, but it is believed to be one of only 40 left in existence.
The curious throwback with its estimate of $68,000 - $91,000 is considerably cheaper than its Audi or Peugeot counterparts, and arguably more of a conversation starter.
This very special shooting brake model is one of the first examples to hit the auction blocks anywhere in the world, so we’ll be keen to see how it performs. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake being offered is car 12 of 99 being built in collaboration with famed Italian design house Zagato.
The car is based on the Vanquish and make use of its 600 hp V12 engine under the hood. 0-62 mph is completed in just 3.5 seconds and it will go on to a top speed in excess of 190 mph. Not bad for a car practical enough to fit a dog in the back.
The estimate for this future classic is $914,000 - $1,142,000.
Alfa Romeo are known for designing some utterly beautiful cars, but the SZ is certainly a challenging car to behold. However, this low-mileage Italian sports car does feature one of the most beautiful sounding engines in the form of its 3.0-litre V6 under the hood.
With two previous owners, just over 9500-miles on the clock, and no reserve, this SZ is a tempting proposition.
One of the undoubted stars of the Paris auction has to be this 1957 Porsche 550 A Spyder. The 356 might have been the first Porsche, but the 550 was the marque's first racer, and this example was campaigned by team Ecurie Nationale Belge.
Belgium’s leading racing team ran the car with it taking its first win in 1956 at the Course de Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons hillclimb. This Porsche also competed in other high-profile races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, 1000km of Nürburgring and several other sports car events.
Restored to the highest level and extensively documented, this piece of Porsche racing history commands an estimate of $4,320,00 - $4,887,000.
Featuring an auction estimate of $1,257,000 - $1,485,000 this 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster has an extensive racing history. When purchased by Daniel Pache in 1962, the gentleman racer entered the Merc into many events such as: Ollon-Villars hill climb, Payerne National Slalom, National Slalom of Dubendorf, One Thousand Meters of Ursins, Sierra-Montana-Crans Hill Climb, Machairuz Hill Climb, Geneva International Rally, Mitholz-Kandesteg Hill Climb, Schauinsland National Race, Saint-Ursanne-Les Rangiers Hill Climb, Eigental-Freiburg Hill Climb, and the Italian Coppa Amag de Monza.
The car remained in the same family from 1962 until 1990. In 2016 it underwent an extensive restoration at a cost of over $91,000. This car’s unique history and immaculate condition makes it a prime collectors item.
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