Bugatti Type 43, Ferrari F40 and Aston DB6 lead Paris sale

The annual Artcurial Motorcars Parisian Automobiles sur les Champs takes place on Sunday April 8, presenting 80 vehicles with two-thirds of cars at no reserve

For the 12th annual Artcurial event, returning to La plus belle avenue du monde in Paris, 'Automobiles sur les Champs XII' will present 80 classic vehicles for sale, including two-thirds at no reserve.

Among the many classic cars, a brand new Alpine A110 will also feature in the sale.

Launched to mark the return of legendary French manufacturer Alpine, the A110 will be the first example ever to be offered at auction – providing a unique opportunity should you have missed out on ordering a factory-fresh variant upon unveiling to the public during 2017’s Geneva Motor Show. Production was limited to 1955 examples.

If the A110 is a tad too new for your tastes, there's a wave of desirable classics waiting their turn under the hammer. Besides a Ferrari F40 and an Aston Martin DB6 Volante, a Bugatti Type 43 is also destined to raise considerable attention.

Scooters at Automobiles sur les Champs

Classic and modern cars won’t be the only stars in this sale, however. For the first time, Artcurial will offer a collection of scooters from a French enthusiast’s amassed collection. There are 17 Lambretta and Vespa models ready to be snapped up.

Rarely ridden by the collector, the current vendor has decided that they should be enjoyed by aficionados other than himself. All scooters are offered at no reserve.

‘The 12th edition of our Automobiles sur les Champs sale will include the models most sought after by our collectors,’ explained Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars.

‘This year, there will also be an exclusive opportunity to bid on a 2018 Premiere edition Alpine A110.

‘Popular classics will always have pride of place, and there will be a magnificent collection of Vespas included too!’

What’s offered at no reserve?

To name only a few, here are our favourite upcoming auction cars offered at no reserve. You can view the full catalogue on the Artcurial Motorcars website.

  • 1962 Fiat Nuova 500 D
  • 1966 Austin Mini Deluxe
  • 1962 Fiat 600 D
  • 2013 Morgan 3-wheeler
  • 1974 Porsche 911 2.7L S Targa
  • 1973 Lamborghini Urraco P250S
  • 1970 Jaguar E-type 4.2L cabriolet
  • 1982 Range Rover Rallye-Raid
  • 1988 Lancia Delta HF Integrale
  • 1980 Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • 1979 Peugeot 504 cabriolet
  • 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS
  • 1947 MG TC
  • 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupé
  • 1950 Bristol 401
  • 1965 Princess Vanden Plas 4 Litre R by Harold Radford & Co

Best of the Paris sale

1927 Bugatti Type 43 Torpédo Grand Sport

This example of the legendary pre-war Bugatti 43 has been largely crafted back together from original Bugatti parts. Conforming to heritage guidelines, the 2300cc engine originally constructed in 1927 and then rebuilt in 2009 is said to be in rude health, having enjoyed TLC from Roseau Racing Restauration – claimed to be the best of France’s Bugatti workshops – run by Henri Roseau, who trained at Laurent Rondoni in Carpentras.

Desirability rating: ★★★★★

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1957 Facel Vega FV4

Having had lavish amounts of money thrown at it, surpassing the care and attention of a mere service and rebuild, the various owners of this Facel Vega FV4 have ensured the French rarity wanted for nothing. Leaving the factory in July 1957 destined for the American market, undergoing an extensive restoration process based out of Chicago in 2004, the powerful curiosity has found its way back to French soil in search of new abode.

One of just 36 examples made, featuring seldom-seen factory options such as power steering and brakes alongside tinted, electric windows and Robergel wire wheels – this is the definition of a prime investment.

Desirability rating: ★★★★★

1989 Ferrari F40

This 1989 F40 has only had three previous owners and is offered with the original set of factory luggage. Be still your beating heart, it’s only covered 52,718 km (32,757 miles)! Maintained by Modena Motors since 1990 before being acquired by the current owner in 2017, expect this to go for far more than the estimated final price.

A fine example of Enzo Ferrari’s final witnessed project, who doesn’t want one of these in their garage? Get your chequebook out…

Desirability rating: ★★★★★

1968 Aston Martin DB6 MkI Volante

Something of a mystery revolves around this DB6’s time before 1978. Little is known about the Aston Martin’s owners, other than it had only to before 1982, according to the V5 document. Leaving the factory in 1968, presented in Mink with a dark blue interior and hood, this example holds an ace card; being one of the rare models to employ a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox.

Since then, it spent some time in metallic grey before being resprayed in Metallic Pink. Other than this, the car remains remarkable original. After an investment? Look no further.

Desirability rating: ★★★★★

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