Record-Breaking Retromobile Sale


The $17-million sale held by Artcurial Motorcars at Retromobile on 3 February 2012 is the biggest-ever sale of collectors’ cars in France.

World record prices were achieved for the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB ($5,740,248), the Citroën DS Pallas ($227,597), the Citroën 2CV ($75,866) and the Delaunay Belleville ($600,834).

Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars said after the sale:

“This record-breaking Retromobile sale confirms Artcurial Motorcar’s position as one of the foremost international auction houses for the sale of collectors’ cars. Our relationships with Retromobile and Classic Le Mans provide the platform to offer the most prestigious cars at some of Europe’s premier motoring events.”

Highlights included:

• 90% of the 102 motorcars and motorcycles sold with many realizing prices above their pre-sale estimates.

• Multiple bidders for many of the top cars, with nine people bidding for the California Spyder. The car sold to one of eight telephone bidders.

• 50% of the lots were offered without reserve

• A collection of 15 barnfind cars untouched for 40 years was 100% sold, realizing $877,000 double the pre-sale estimate. Top price in the collection was $94,074 (estimate $25,472 – 38,208) for the 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Coupe Chauffeur

” These excellent results underline the attraction of Paris as a venue for international collectors, where prices realised match and in some cases exceed those achieved in the US for equivalent models. The market recognises the importance of good provenance and values cars that are in exceptional or very original condition,” said Matthieu Lamoure.

Buoyed by the success of the Retromobile sale, Artcurial Motorcars now looks ahead to its next sale of Sports and GT cars at Le Mans Classic on 7 July 2012. Key results of the Retromobile sale include:




1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB                  $5,740,248

1937 Mercedes 540K Cabriolet B                                 $629,961

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano                                          $608,115

1913 Delaunay Belleville Type 06                                  $600,834

1938 Horch 853 Cabriolet                                             $520,732

1989 Ferrari F40 ex-Nigel Mansell                                 $477,041

1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Aluminium                    $447,608

1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pourtout                    $424,849

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona                                   $91,039

1912 Gobron-Brillié Torpedo Skiff by Rothschild              $273,117

1968 Aston Martin DB6 coupé                                      $273,117

1958 Lancia Aurelia B24 convertible                              $257,944

1984 Lancia Rallye 037 Stradale                                   $250,357

1964 Facel Vega Excellence Series 2                            $242,771

1972 Citroën DS 23ie Pallas                                          $227,597

1935 Lagonda M45 Tourer                                              $212,424

1962 Ferrari 250 GTE                                                    $212,424

1935 Bentley 3.5-litre Sport                                            $210,907

1954 Porsche 356 PRE-A                                              $189,665

1898 Decauville Voiturelle                                              $106,212

1965 Citroën 2CV « Beverley Hills »                                $75,866

1970 Fiat 500 L                                                             $25,794


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