The fair Rétromobile in Paris will be the scene of spectacular auctions, organized by Artcurial.
The 44th edition of the fair Rétromobile opens its doors this February 6th at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles in Paris. As every year, this event, which attracts lovers of beautiful mechanics from around the world, will be the scene of spectacular dispersions, led by the house Artcurial Motorcars.
First highlight, the auction of the 8th February brings together nearly 150 exceptional vehicles. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta from 1939, with its dazzling lines, was crowned at the Pebble Beach, USA, and Villa d'Este, Italy, during the « concours d’élegance ».
"A masterpiece! A dream!" said Matthieu Lamoure, CEO of Artcurial Motorcars. Produced less than 50 cars, equipped with all the specifics of competition models, was among the fastest in the pre-war period.
Remained for forty-three years in the hands of the same owner, this Alfa 8C, which has retained its factory configuration, is one of five models dressed in an attractive touring body. Which adds to its value. His estimate? From 16 to 22 million euros. Another legendary car, the Bugatti 51 Grand Prix of 1931 is announced at between 4 and 4.5 million euros. Presented in its original condition - a rarity - this Bugatti, which has more than 40 Grand Prix participations, was led by Maurice Trintignant.
Preserved by the same owner for forty-three years, this Alfa 8C is one of five models dressed in a touring body. His estimate? From 16 to 22 million euros.
The Citroen ID 19, a Palm Beach cabriolet bodied by Chapron, is valued between 230 and 330,000 euros. Presented at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show, this car, which belonged to the famous coachbuilder Henri Chapron, was manufactured in only 32 units.
After the cars, place the bikes. February 9 will be a collection dedicated to the Italian brand MV Agusta, emblematic of high-end Italian two-wheelers. Founded by Count Domenico Agusta in Varese, the firm, which is closely linked to aeronautics, began production shortly before the end of the Second World War.
The first MV Agusta, a reflection of the desire for mobility characteristic of the time, comes out of the workshops in 1946. "Remarkably complete, this collection includes 93 classic motorcycles, racing, road, scooters, prototypes, underlines Pierre Novikoff, director Assistant to Artcurial Motorcars, there are even minimotos for children, perfect replicas of MV 500 4-cylinder Grand Prix, appeared at the Milan Motor Show in 1975. "
February 9 will be a collection dedicated to the Italian brand MV Agusta, emblematic of high-end Italian two-wheelers. In the picture: 1972 MV AGUSTA 750 S, estimated at between 100,000 and 150,000 € .Artcurial
Estimates start at a few thousand euros and rise quickly between 100,000 and 150,000 euros for a 1972 MV 750 S that belonged to the driver Arturo Merzario. Because of the fierce competition of the Honda CB 750, this MV did not meet, in his time, the expected success. But its timeless elegance, which earned it a place in the 1998 Guggenheim Museum's The Art of the Motorcycle, is now appreciated by collectors.
Note also the MV Agusta 500 C3 4 cylinders, a racing motorcycle presented at the Milan Motor Show in 1950. Exceptional, the machine in this collection is actually a winding composed of period pieces and others redone identically for security purposes. It is valued at between 90,000 and 140,000 euros.