Le Mans Ferrari 275P to lead Artcurial's Paris sale

Could this beat last year's €32m Ferrari sale? 1964 Le Mans-winner is joined by Porsches, coachbuilts and bikes for 2018 Rétromobile sale

Artcurial has announced the first entries to its Paris Rétromobile sale, the highlight of which is undoubtedly the 1964 Le Mans winning Ferrari 275P #0816, but which also includes several significant private collections, such as the Volante Collection of Vanvooren-bodied cars, four rare Porsches owned by Jean-Claude Miloé and a remarkable array of pre-war motorcycles.

The Ferrari was the last factory-run Ferrari to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race and is undoubtedly one of the most significant cars ever to come to auction. It comes from the renowned Bardinon Collection, established by Pierre Bardinon. He was born in 1931 as heir to the Chapal family, and inherited the family leather and fur business. He died in 2012, having established the greatest Ferrari collection in existence, which at one point is thought to have consisted of over 300 cars.

Last year Artcurial sold a 1957 Ferrari 335S Scaglietti from the Bardinon Collection, achieving the highest price in pounds sterling and euros ever paid for a car at auction, at €32,075,200 (£24,693,782 or $35,711,359) including premium.

The sale takes place on 9 February 2018, with the motorcycles in a separate sale on 10 February, during the five-day Rétromobile sale in Paris. Starring alongside the 1964 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 275P will be the following highlights:

Jean-Claude Miloé Porsche Collection

A collection of Porsches owned by famous French enthusiast and gentleman driver Jean-Claude Miloé since the late 1980s.

  • 1964 Porsche 904 GTS: 1964 Spa 500 km; 1964 Nürburgring 1000km; 1964 Tour de France Automobile. Estimate €1.4m-1.8m ($1.6m-2.1m).
  • 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera A 1600 GS Cabriolet: One of 27 built. Estimate €800,000-1.2m ($940,000-1.4m).
  • 1961 Porsche 356 2000 Carrera GT: estimate €800,000-1.2m ($940,000-1.4m).
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7L RS: estimate €550,000-650 000 ($650,000-760,000).

The Volante Collection

An historically significant collection that includes nine rare vehicles from different marques bodied by luxury French coachbuilder Vanvooren. It's believed that only 150 examples of Vanvooren creations are still in existence. The company patented an innovative ‘Silent Travel’ system using lightweight metal-panelled flexible bodies with silentbloc mountings.

  • 1898 Vanvooren Gig: estimate €15,000-25,000 ($18,000$-30,000).
  • 1912 Panhard & Levassor Type X14 7-seater: one of the oldest surviving examples of a Vanvooren-bodied car that is still running. It spent its early life in Argentina, returning to
    Europe in the mid-1980s, and remains in original condition. Estimate €180,000-260,000 ($210,000-300,000).
  • 1928 Avions Voisin Type C11: estimate €120,000-180,000 ($140,000-210,000).
  • 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SD Cabriolet: ex-Serge Pozzoli. Estimate €200,000-300,000 ($235,000-350,000).
  • 1937 Hispano-Suiza K6 Berline: estimate €80,000-260,000 ($210,000-300,000).
  • 1938 Bentley 4 ¼-litre coupé: estimate €300,000-400,000 ($350,000-470,000).
    • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet: this car has the penultimate Vanvooren cabriolet body to be fitted to a Type 57 chassis/engine. It was used by the German army, probably as a radio car during the war. It was later part of the Söderström collection in Malmö. Estimate €700,000-900,000 ($825,000-1m).
  • 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Faux-Cabriolet: estimate €120,000-180,000 ($140,000-210,000).

• 1950 Delahaye 135M Coach: the last car to leave the Vanvooren workshop in Courbevoie in 1950 before the company closed its doors. It was owned during the 1970s by four times national rally champion Bernard Consten. Estimate €250,000-350,000 ($300,000-410,000).

  • 1937 Horch 5-litre 853 Cabriolet: part of the Volante Collection but not bodied by Vanvooren. Has a believed genuine mileage of just 20,000km and remains in highly-original condition. It spent most of its life in Norway, where it was confiscated and used by the German Wehrmacht during WW2. At the end of the war, it was handed over to Crown Prince Olav of Norway, who used the car in the victory parade on the streets of Trondheim in 1945. It remains in wonderfully original condition and has full matching numbers. Estimate €600,000-800,000 ($700,000-950,000).

Other highlights

  • 1938 Bugatti 57C Atalante Coupé: this was displayed new at the 1938 Geneva Motor Show, and spent the next 20 years in Switzerland. The car then crossed the Atlantic and was owned by various US enthusiasts including a future President of the American Bugatti club. Only 34 Atalantes were built on a 57 or 57C chassis, and this car is one of the last, featuring an aluminium body, hydraulic brakes and supercharged engine. Estimate: €3m-3.5 m ($3.5m-4m).

  • 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet Speciale by Pininfarina: in 1946, Battista 'Pinin' Farina, founder of Carrozzeria Pininfarina, drove this unique Alfa Romeo from Turin to Paris. He parked it at the entrance of the Motor Show, so that visitors could admire it as they walked in. Built on a 1942 6C 2500SS chassis, the coachwork epitomises Farina’s work, with interior and exterior finishing touches unique to this car. In concours condition, following restoration in the US, the car returns to Paris after 71 years. Estimate €1.2m-1.6m ($1.4m-1.9m).

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Motorcycles

This single-owner collection of pre-war motorcycles, due to be offered in a separate sale on Saturday 10 February, belong to a French enthusiast who started collecting in the 1960s. It comprises nearly 80 pioneer, veteran and vintage machines, many of them pre-dating World War One, and the majority unique.

The collection is currently based in Thiers, the knife-making capital of France, where old motorcycles were often sent to be dismantled so that the metal could be melted and re-cycled to make knives. The collector in question rescued several rare motorcycles from this fate and displayed many of them on the walls.

In addition to early French machines, including Perno, Werner, Lamaudiére, Janoir and Majestic, the collection also features well-known names, such as Brough Superior and Norton. The entire collection will be offered at no reserve.

For more on the sale, visit the Artcurial website.

Photography courtesy of Fotozumbrunn/Unger, Rémi Dargegen, Christian Martin

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