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Report: Artcurial classic car auction, Paris, 7-8 February

Published 10 February 2014

Artcurial Motorcars enjoyed a record-breaking sale at the Retromobile show in Paris to secure the biggest week of auctions the show has ever known. The final figures for its two-day door-stopper of a sale are €29m worth of sales, with auctioneer and former Le Mans racing driver Hervé Poulain personally hammering-out the cars for 10 hours during the two days.

Top auction seller of the weekend was the 1931 Bentley 8-litre Sportsman coupé by Gurney Nutting, which amid an impressive an impressive stage show, sold for €2,190,400, and was greeted my a resounding round of applause during the noisy, well-attended, and bi-lingual auction. But this was then followed-up by an after-sale the following day on the 1953 Ferrari 166MM by Oblin, which found a new owner for €2,550,000.

But there were some other very interesting cars sold further down the scale. The stars' cars drew massive attention, with a 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Mulliner owned by Brigitte Bardot selling for €286,100, the Ringo Starr customised Chevrolet Bel Air changing hands for €48,900 and Philippe Starck's lovely beach car, the 1972 Fiat Shellette selling for €41,700.

The 1927 Delahaye 135 Coupe des Alpes cabriolet by Chapron offered in wonderfully original condition made €619,800, while the other Chapron, a 1975 Citroën SM Mylord, and one of just seven examples built, went for €548,300 - a new SM benchmark. At the other end of the scale, the 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Groupe 4 Calberson made €399,300, while the 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 1 factory car sold for €312,500 - both new records for their type at open auction.

The Solo Alfa sale - a collection of 40 post-war models - attracted significant attention towards the end of the second day. The 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ led the way at €955,400. The 1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm, driven onto the block by Carlo Facetti who competed in this car during the 1973 season, attracted huge attention, finally selling for an impressive €329,000, while the 1972 Alfa Romeo Romeo Giulia Super 1.6 Familiare, a rare vehicle in need of total restoration, tripled its estimate for €15,500. Finally, one of our favourites, the 1984 Alfa Romeo ARNA shouldn't go unmentioned, going for €4000, after it was announced - during bidding - that profits were going to charity.

Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars, summed up: 'We are absolutely delighted with the results of this year's Retromobile sale. Selling the Ferrari 166MM the following day has been the icing on the cake!'

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Artcurial Motorcars Retromobile 2014 top ten prices:

  1. 1953 Ferrari 166MM by Oblin (lot 321) sold for €2,550,000 (after sale)
  2. 1931 Bentley 8-litre Sportsman coupé Gurney Nutting (lot 380) sold for €2,190,400
  3. 1924 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet by Ramseier (lot 354) sold for €1,287,200
  4. 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Type 68 by Vanvooren (lot 347) sold for €1,127,000
  5. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (lot 373) sold for €964,000
  6. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ coupé (lot 515) sold for €955,400
  7. 1933 Delage D8 S Cabriolet by Pourtout (lot 352) sold for €949,700
  8. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS (lot 365) sold for €941,200
  9. 1969 Lamborghini Miura S (lot 360) sold for €806,700
  10. 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder 4.9-litre (lot 328) sold for €749,500

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