overview of auctions

The 2023 season opens in a few days with the famous Retromobile show. If it finally finds the 1st big hall after 3 years of absence, it also allows auction houses to set up 3 auction sessions in over 10 years. Catalogs just closed, a brief overview of the most notable lots.

Sale Bonhams will again be held at the Grand Palais Ephemère on the Champ de Mars. If the place lacks the magic of the original, which is currently undergoing a major restoration, it still offers plenty of space to appreciate the venerable British house’s extensive catalogue.

13 Porsche 911 Turbo collectibles will be sold, the most remarkable copy is obviously this 964 Turbo Leichtbau: only 86 copies were produced! A detail to recognize it: the air intake on the sides, unique to this model. We find the same in the 993 Turbo S, rare but not very common.

Also in Germany, this M Roadster (Z3 M’s real diminutive) is offered in a very original ‘Evergreen’ color, of which only 7 copies were ever to be decorated. It is enough to combine a car with character and an atypical configuration.

This will be the first opportunity for many to think about the exotic Lagonda Taraf. Aston Martin initially kept it in the Middle East before eventually opening up its marketing to the rest of the world. Only 120 of the planned 200 copies were released. It’s practically new and the Diavolo red color makes it even more desirable. Considering the absolute rarity of the model, the estimate is also “reasonable”.

Still red for this jackpot from Italy: one of 100 Pagani Huayra Roadsters, a model that according to the manufacturer is lighter than its closed counterpart. A supercar from the last era is extremely rare at auction, the Utopia is a good way to appreciate its aura with collectors before it replaces it.

For design buffs, don’t miss the Lancia Aurelia PF 200 Spider, a prototype produced in very small numbers before Pininfarina became Ferrari’s official designer. The specialty of this model is obviously its North American F-86 Saber fighter grille, very 1950s.

100 copies again for the Mercedes CLK DTM AMG Coupé (there are also 80 convertibles). This limited edition pays tribute to the Mercedes of the German Touring Championship. The power of this version (at 582 hp) brings it seriously close to its distant big sister, the CLK GTR, which has just over 600 hp. Impressive and probably much easier to manage (but more on that later). It’s also cheaper, but at around €500,000, it’s still not cheap.

Finally at Bonhams Welcome to the 80s it was made by the legendary König with his Ferrari 512BB. The exuberance of the decade culminated in the body kit and likely engine preparation. It is poorly finished, untidy, difficult to control, but representative of such a crazy and carefree time. By the way, the car is French.

in the house of Artcurial 300 (!!) lots will be sold 2 days after the sale. The most notable in my eyes is primarily the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss, which produced 75 copies and somehow revived the idea of ​​selling pots. The Parisian house already sold one in 2019.

There are only 40 examples of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans worldwide, and this one was sold in France. The quintessential 90s big Aston coupe celebrates the British marque’s only victory at the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours with Carol Shelby at the wheel of the DBR1. Its exclusivity hasn’t allowed it to reach crazy amounts so far, a good shot to play?

With the De Tomaso Guara Spyder, we’re more of a prototype than a production car, as there are only 3 according to Artcurial. After seeing it at Chantilly last year, we will have seen almost all of them. It simply depends on the designer of the car. The brand died after that model, but Hong Kong investors are now trying to revive it with the magnificent P72.

A big party for Artcurial with this Bugatti Type 57 Atalante. In Bugatti’s earliest history, after the very rare Atlantic, the Atalante body model is probably the most desirable Alsatian road car. There are 17 examples of this animal at the Concours d’Élegance.

Before moving on to the next home, Artcurial should make a big splash on the list of top auctions of the year with this Ferrari 250 LM. Less celebrated than the 250 GTO, it still won the overall 24 Hours of Le Mans and offers an absolutely perfect line. The last two open sales were in 2015 for $7.5 million and $14 million. It’s hard to get an idea of ​​the final price, but here’s the top bid among the 500 cars on sale this week. The car is now in a collection in the south of France after being sold by the owner of the 250 LM, Jean Guicas.

RM Sotheby’s usually chosen by offering many latest supercars and not changing their habits. First up we have a rather interesting McLaren triplet with the Speedtail, one of only 106 examples. The car is a tribute to the F1, its three seats, 106 copies and its legendary top speed (still a record for a naturally aspirated engine).

We will have this Senna LM next to the classic P1 offered by the Canadian auction house. This is one of the few models that McLaren has sold without a massive public release, press run or test run. The British brand has done it again in the US with Saber. This somewhat special Senna is also a tribute to the F1 LM: the orange papaya, the logo, the aerodynamic inserts, the specific wheels… the Senna LM… even less beautiful than the Senna. There would be 20 copies (or 35).

A unique copy to complete with the Bugatti Chiron Profilée. Alsace was supposed to make it the final version of the Chiron, but by the time it was built, all planned chassis were sold. Bugatti therefore decided to auction the only copy. In a nutshell it’s Pur Sport in Touring mode. Whether you believe the story or think it’s a bit of an embarrassing omission (pure speculation on my part), the car looks great and is in danger of disappearing into an unseen collection. . Let’s take advantage of being able to admire it in real life.

Also note that every sale features an F40 and we’ll have 2 Carrera GTs and two F12 TdFs, take your color pick!


  • RM Sotheby’s: 1 February from 16:00, 31 January from 10:00 to 20:00 free viewing at the Carrousel du Louvre
  • Bonhams: February 1 and 2 from 1 p.m., catalog viewing February 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grand Palais Ephemère
  • Artcurial: Catalog preview during the Retromobile 2023 show, Porte de Versailles, February 3 and 4, from 2 p.m.

Photo credits: RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Artcurial

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