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Paris – the highlight of Christie’s International Motor Cars next sale on 17 February 2007 will be an extremely rare 1939 Auto Union D-Type. Thought to be one of only two in existence, the carwill lead the sale at Rétromobile 2007, one of Europe’s most prestigious exhibitions for automotive collectors.

One of the most important cars in motor-racing history, it won the 1939 Belgrade Grand Prix at the hands of Nuvolari, and today enjoys a near-mythical status due to its rarity. It is expected to break current records and become the most expensive car ever to be sold at auction.

With an eye on his country’s international standing, German chancellor Adolf Hitler, upon arriving in power in 1933, promised 500,000 Reichmarks to the constructor who could build a Grand Prix car ready for the 1934 season. However, following a meeting with engineer Ferdinand Porsche and the driver Hans Stuck, Hitler was persuaded to share this sum between Mercedes and the newly-formed Auto Union company.

The car designed by Porsche was revolutionary; the driver was placed in front of the engine and the fuel tanks, and all four wheels benefited from independent suspension. Never ceasing to win Grands Prix across Europe, the model evolved throughout the years into this, the D-Type. The arrival of war interrupted this famous era of racing, and the cars were lost or destroyed during the hostilities that followed. It is therefore even more extraordinary that this car should survive.

Taken to Russia for its technology to be studied, it was here its disassembled parts were discovered, completely apart from the body and waiting to be crushed. Sent from Russia to England, the body was recreated by Rod Jolley Coachbuilding to the exact dimensions of the original, upon these original underpinnings. The car was fully restored by Crosthwaite and Gardiner, and was tested for the first time by Dick Crosthwaite at the Nürburgring in October
1994. It has been meticulously preserved in the same state ever since. Estimates are available upon request.

This may be considered to be among the most important cars ever to pass under the gavel; Christie’s is extremely proud to have been entrusted with its sale.

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    There’s nothing better than a great car event that happens in your own backyard. No packing, no airports, no rental cars, no hotel rooms – just go into the SCM garage, pull out your favorite car (and a couple for your good friends) and head out. This was the 42nd Read More
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  • This Week's Classic Mystery Photo +

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  • September 2014 Cover Poll +

    Our Art Director, David Tomaro, has created three possible cover concepts, and we'd like to know which one is your favorite. Click here to cast your vote! In addition, please take a few moments and answer some questions about collector cars. It should all take less than a minute, and Read More
  • Keith’s Blog: Ferraris and Cobras — Behind the Wheel at RM +

    Last week, I savored a four-wheeled gourmet experience at RM headquarters in Chatham, Ontario (Canada). CEO and founder Rob Myers invited me to spend a couple of days at RM, and a generous buffet line of cars awaited my arrival. Gord Duff, one of RM’s top car specialists, showed me Read More
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Collector Car News

  • Monterey Star Car Roundup +

    The Monterey heavy-hitters are stacking up. Here is our roundup of the current headliners: RM Auctions will offer a 1964 Ferrari GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti(pictured above) at their sale in downtown Monterey. The auction takes place August 15–16. View the current RM consignments here. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Read More
  • Gooding offers 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet at Pebble Beach +

    A very rare 1939 Alfa Romeo Tipo 256 Cabriolet with Pinin Farina coachwork has joined the lineup for Gooding & Company’s August 16-17 Pebble Beach Auctions. The Tipo 256 was a special competition version of the 6C 2500 SS from Scuderia Ferrari in Modena for the 1939 racing season. This Read More
  • Artcurial's Best Le Mans Classic Ever +

     Artcurial's July 5 auction in Le Mans, FRA, realized a total of $17,751,048. A third of the cars sold for over €100,000 ($135,942), and 82% of lots found new owners. TOP TEN PRICES OF THE SALE: 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hard top $1,516,574 1964 AC Cobra 289 Mk II Read More
  • Bonhams Offers No-Reserve 540K at Mercedes-Benz Sale in Stuttgart +

    Bonhams will sell a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K/540K Special Roadster without reserve at The Mercedes-Benz Auction in Stuttgart, DEU, on July 12. The car has a pre-sale estimate of $4.9m–$7.9m, and proceeds will benefit charity. Read more here. View all the Stuttgart consignments here. Read the online catalog here. Read More
  • Bonhams Adds Amelia Island Auction to 2015 Calendar +

    Bonhams is jumping into the Amelia Island scene in 2015. The auction house will host a collector car sale in Fernandina Beach, FL, a city at the north end of Amelia Island on March 10–12. Bonhams' auction will precede the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance festivities. The Concours events run March 12–15. Read More
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