Auction. 15 of the most expensive cars sold in France in 2022
Several car auctions organized in France in 2022 were the scene of transactions with particularly high sums, sometimes exceeding four million euros at multiple prices. We present the 15 most expensive cars sold in France last year.
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Far from the suffering of ordinary people, the wealthiest collectors and speculators have once again spent huge sums to purchase certain collector cars that are up for auction during 2022. Some of these sales took place in France. The 15 most popular cars sold at auction in France last year alone cost more than 31 million euros. Thirteen of them commanded seven-figure sums to change hands, and more than half were sold by Artcurial during the Retromobile 2022 show on March 18.
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The durable Porsche wins the day
Extremely rare, this is the Porsche that tops the list of the most expensive cars sold at auction in France in 2022. The car itself is (obviously) one of the rarest as it is a 907 from 1968, the penultimate one. 907 production. But more than its rarity, it’s its track record that accounts for a large part of its value. This racing coupe finished 4th at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring as a works car and participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times before joining the Ernst Schuster collection and spent four decades until its sale in 2022. Sold for 4,390,400 euros. This 907 is now on the Retromobile 2023 show poster.
Ferrari supercars are still at the forefront
Ferrari’s line of supercars remains a safe bet in the world of collectible cars. Five of its representatives are included in this top 15. The most expensive is the 1996 F50 sold by Artcurial to Rétromobile for €4,161,600; the cheapest 1989 F40 sold at the same event for €2,102,400. Both were first hand, from the same collection as part of the estate.
The 1960s are still glamorous
The icons of the 1960s also still attract attention. The demonstration was done by a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, the first model of the marque to bear this suffix, owned by Robert Redford. Sold by Bonhams in Paris on February 3, 2022 for €1,345,500. Another movie star, a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Artcurial used as a fully restored factory show car, found a buyer at Retromobile 2022 for €834,400. This is the cheapest car in the top 15. There is also the equally legendary Lamborghini Miura. a 1969 S version that has been owned by the same owner for nearly 50 yearsIt fetched €1,416,000 to its buyer during the sale at the Champs d’Artcurial on October 16, 2022.
French stamps at the top of the basket
There are two French manufacturers in this rating. No wonder one of them is called Bugatti. A 1926 Type 37A was purchased in 1957 by actor Jacques Dufilho, who restored and modified it, particularly to improve its performance. Well known to Bugatti experts, 37 “Dufilho” joined its new owner for €894,000 At Retromobile. Another Bugatti asked for a bigger sum, and this car was made in Italy, not France, as it is a 1996 EB110 GT with just over 10,000km since leaving the factory. It was sold by Bonhams in Paris on February 3 for €1,817,000. A more unexpected Frenchwoman entered the picture: a 1950 Gordini type 18S sold for €1,013,200 at the Retromobile show. This unique supercharged Gordini was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio at Le Mans.
Monaco, enclave of millions
Finally, let’s add to this top 15 Three remarkable and very different lots were sold in Monaco last year, more precisely on May 13, 2022 by Bonhams. A 1927 Bugatti Type 35B changed hands there for two million euros after remaining in the hands of the same owner for 47 years. A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS convertible, once owned by Jean-Pierre Beltois, went for €1,495,000, while a Porsche 959 in Komfort configuration went for €1,437,500.
Bugatti Type 35 B (1929): €2,000,000 (Monaco)
Ferrari 275 GTS (1965): €1,495,000 (Monaco)
Porsche 959 Komfort (1988): €1,437,500 (Monaco)
The 2023 auction season could be at least as remarkable as the previous one. The Artcurial sale at the Rétromobile show (February 3 and 4, 2023) is about to begin and exceptional lots have already been announced.