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Preview: Bonhams classic car auction, Paris, 6 February

Published 17 January 2014

A Porsche 962C and a Ferrari 275GTB/4 Berlinetta top the lots at Bonhams' Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale, held during the Retromobile week at the Grand Palais on 6 February.
The original-liveried 1989 Porsche 962C Sports Prototype will be the highlight for many people, as nostalgia for Group C - the Le Mans racing category during the 1980s - runs at an all-time high. It was one of just eight racing prototypes built by John Thompson’s TC Prototypes company, and was campaigned by Brun Motorsport throughout the 1989 season - and is in its iconic Jägermeister livery.

Following its active racing career, celebrated Ferrari specialist and creator of some of the wildest tuned supercars, Willy König, bought the car in 1990 after it was damaged in Mexico. But it wasn't until 2000 after the car was bought by Tony O’Neill, that it was completly restored by Group C Ltd. Since then, it has taken part in the RMU Classic, Dix Mille Tours, Can-Am Interserie Challenge and Masters Historic Racing series, finishing second at Montjuïc in April 2012.

Bonhams is selling this racing Porsche in the Jägermeister trademark orange livery and carrying number 16, just as the car did at Spa in 1989. That's a lot of car for its estimate of €750,000-950,000 (£620,000-790,000).

Ferrari 275GTB

Also starring at the sale is a 1968 Ferrari 275GTB/4 Berlinetta 'long nose' (above). It's a fine example that's been renovated by Bob Houghton Ltd, for a no-expenses-spared €237,300 (£197,773). The interior has also been fully refurbished by the world renowned Italian trimmers, Luppi & Co. The 3.3-litre V12 is immaculate and has a mere 47,000km on the odometer - for an estimate of €2,100,000-2,600,000 (£1,700,000-2,200,000).

Sholto Gilbertson, senior motoring specialist at Bonhams, said: "These cars are in exceptional condition having had a significant amount of restoration work done to them. The 275GTB is a beautiful car and is regarded by many as the finest Grand Tourer ever made by Ferrari. In contrast, the aggressive racing Porsche is a prototype from a much later era but is equally charismatic. Both are in full working order, which makes them the perfect purchase for any passionate collector.'


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