Retromobile 2019 Photos: Artcurial Collectors' Car Auction Includes Alfa Romeo Estimated at up to $25 Million

Hundreds of beautiful vintage cars are going on show—and on sale—in Paris during Retromobile 2019. As in previous years, the Artcurial Motorcars auction of rare collectors' items is the most keenly anticipated highlight of the show.

The undoubted star of the Artcurial collectors' car sale is a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta, estimated to sell for between $18 million and $25 million.

Winner of the prestigious Concours d'Élégance at Pebble Beach in the U.S., and Villa d'Este in Italy, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta was the fastest car of the pre-war era and is one of the most highly sought-after pre-war cars in the world. Less than 50 examples were built, and only five had this very desirable Touring bodywork. The car on sale retains the configuration it had on leaving the factory, and still has its original engine. Remarkably, it has been in the hands of the current owner for 43 years.

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta, estimated to sell for between $18 million and $25 million. Artcurial
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta, estimated to sell for between $18 million and $25 million. Artcurial

Another ultra-rare collectors' item is a 1931 Bugatti 51 Grand Prix, estimated at $4.5m-$5.6m. Few Grand Prix Bugattis come with such continuous history. It was purchased by Maurice Lehoux, who drove it to 6th overall in the 1932 Monaco Grand Prix. It went on to compete in more than 40 Grand Prix races, driven by renowned names including Maurice Trintignant. Artcurial say: "It is rare to find a Grand Prix Bugatti still with its original chassis, bodywork and many mechanical components, presented in such wonderful condition."

1931 Bugatti 51 Grand Prix, estimated at $4.5m-$5.6m. Artcurial

Then there is the 1953 Maserati A6CGS par Fantuzzi (estimate $4.25m-$5.1m) which is sure to excite both collectors and drivers. Test-driven by none other than Juan Manuel Fangio, this competition Maserati is eligible for all the most prestigious historic events, ready to take to the road or track, thanks to an exceptional restoration.

1953 Maserati A6CGS par Fantuzzi. Artcurial

The Artcurial auction includes three Serenissimas, a marque with an interesting history, having been commissioned by wealthy racing team owner Giovanni Volpi when he fell out with Enzo Ferrari in 1960. After his Serenissima experiment was over, Volpi kept these three examples himself. Now in his 80s, he has decided to sell them.

A 1966 Serenissima Spyder par Fantuzzi, driven by Jean-Claude Sauer and Jean de Mortemart in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966. Estimate $1.5m-$2m.  Artcurial
1967 Serenissima Agena. Estimate : $515,000-$773,000. Artcurial
1968 Serenissima Ghia GT. Estimate : $450,000-$680,000. Artcurial

The auction also includes a collection of four icons of automotive history, all owned by one Parisian businessman.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTC. One of two 275 models destined for personal friends of Enzo Ferrari. Estimate $2.6m-$3m. Artcurial
1966 Ferrari 250 Lusso Estimate $1.1m-$1.47m. Artcurial
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V. Estimate $1m-$1.25m. Artcurial
1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet Sport Double-Phaëton par Million-Guiet. Estimate: $510,000-$620,000. Artcurial

Perhaps the most remarkable lot—in terms of history rather than price—is a collection of four vehicles discovered, untouched since the end of the 1950s, in a barn in Belgium. Their owner, a sculptor, kept them in his property to study, rather than drive.

1929 Bugatti Type 40. Estimate: $79,000-$147,000. No reserve. Artcurial
1930 Bugatti Type 49 Limousine. Estimate: $170,000-$226,000. No reserve. Artcurial
1937 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet par Graber. Estimate: $450,000-$680,000. No reserve. Artcurial
Citroën C3 Torpedo. Estimate: $11,400-$17,000. No reserve. Artcurial

Among the other most valuable cars on sale are a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, a 1957 Porsche 550 A Spyder and—the dream car of every child of the 70s—a 1974 Lamborghini LP400 Countach "Periscopio".

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. $1.25m-$1.5m. Artcurial
1957 Porsche 550 A Spyder. Estimate: $4.3m-$5.5m. Artcurial
1974 Lamborghini LP400 Countach "Periscopio". Estimate: $1m-$1.25. Artcurial

These are just a few highlights of the Artcurial collectors' car auction held at Retromobile 2019 on Friday February 8. You can see all 149 items at the website and—if any take your fancy—you can even place a bid, even if you can't get to Paris on time.