Retromobile 2018: Beautiful rare classic and vintage cars go on show and on sale in Paris

1912 Panhard Levassor X14 20 CV Torpédo Vanvooren. Estimate: €180,000 - 260,000Artcurial Motorcars
1935 Alvis Speed Twenty SD Cabriolet Vanvooren. Estimate: €200,000 - 300,000Artcurial Motorcars

Hundreds of beautiful vintage cars are going on the show – and on sale – in Paris during  Retromobile, a fair that has made the French capital a car collector's capital.

For the last eight years, the Artcurial Motorcars auction has been the keenly anticipated highlight of the show, becoming known as the most prestigious annual car sale in Europe.  For its 2018 auction, Artcurial has assembled 254 collectors' automobiles and motorcycles that are sure to spark bidding wars among international enthusiasts.

One car sure to excite interest is the rarest of all Ferrari supercars – the FXX. Only 38 were made, and sold to hand-picked buyers (apart from one that was gifted to racing driver Michael Schumacher). The owner of the model on sale decided to store it, preserving the car in its original state. It has covered less than a hundred kilometers at low speed – traveling only one kilometer in fifth gear, while sixth has never been passed. It is estimated to fetch up to €3,200,00 (£2.84m).

IBTimes UK  presents highlights of the Artcurial auction, including a stunning 1938 Bugatti expected to fetch up to 3,500,000 euros (£3.11m), plus several competition cars with outstanding race provenance and a rare – and pristine – Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet expected to fetch up to nine million euros (£8m).


The  Artcurial sale will be held on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February, with viewing from Wednesday 7.


Elsewhere at Retromobile, fans of Johnny Hallyday can get their hands on vehicles owned and driven by the late French rock singer. Sotheby's is selling his 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C, designed by Giotto Bizzarinni, who made his name at Ferrari before deciding to start his own company. It is expected to fetch up to three million euros (£2.66m). Sotheby's were also selling a Harley Davidson that was owned by Hallyday.

A Ferrari 512 TR driven by 'the French Elvis' between 1994 and 1997 is being sold by the Osenat auction house, who point out that the car's dashboard has been heavily scratched by Hallyday's many elaborate rings.

Citroën is showing historic DS models, including a limousine ordered by General Charles de Gaulle in 1968, with the registration number 1 PR 75 (PR for President of the Republic). At 6.53 meters long, it was designed to exceed the length of the Lincoln used by the president of the United States. In fact, Richard Nixon got to travel down the Champs-Elysees in it in March 1969.


Bonhams win the award for most dramatic auction venue. Their Les Grandes Marques du Monde vintage motor cars and motorcycles auction are being held in the historic Beaux-Arts Grand Palais exhibition hall, built for the Universal Exposition of 1900. The Bonhams sale includes the Alfa Romeo in which Richard Shuttleworth won the Donington Grand Prix in October 1935.

1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet. Estimate: €600,000 to 800,000Artcurial Motorcars
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 L Coupé Vanvooren. Estimate: €275,000 to 350,000Artcurial Motorcars
Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Vanvooren. Estimate: €650,000 - 950,000Artcurial Motorcars
1928 Avions Voisin C11 Conduite Intérieure Vanvooren. Estimate: €120,000 - 180,000Artcurial Motorcars
1950 Delahaye 135 M Coach Vanvooren. Estimate: €250,000 to 350,000Artcurial Motorcars
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith fake cabriolet Vanvooren. Estimate: €120,000 - 180,000Artcurial Motorcars
c1898 Gig Hippomobile Vanvooren. Estimate €15,000 - 25,000 Artcurial Motorcars
1938 BMW 328 Cabriolet by Autenrieth. Estimate €450,000 - 600,000Artcurial Motorcars
1937 Hispano-Suiza J12 Gurney Nutting. Estimate €600,000 - 900,000Artcurial Motorcars
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupé Atalante. Estimate €3,000,000 - 3,500,000Christian Martin
1964 Porsche 904 GTS. Estimate €1,400,000 - 1,800,000Artcurial Motorcars
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 'Butterfly' Gullwing. Estimate €800,000 - 1,000,000Artcurial Motorcars