Barn find Bugatti among the top sellers at Articurial’s Automobiles Sur Les Champs sale
With the completion of Articurial’s eighth edition of the world famous Automobiles Sur Les Champs auction, another vast array of cars had been sold. In fact 80 per cent of all of all lots were sold with six of them generating world record prices. A barn find Bugatti Type 13 (read the full story here) sold for €834,400, demolishing its top estimate of €250,000. Sales totalled a value of €11,208,344.
In total, 72 superb cars were entered into the auction as well as a huge amount of interesting Automobilia. Among which was an ex–Ayrton Senna prototype helmet achieved more than double its estimated sales value, when it went under the hammer for an incredible €98,500.
Among the spectacular collection of cars the most popular by far was a 1991 Ferrari F40, selling for €1,013,200, easily becoming the most expensive car at the auction. A Fiat Dino with only one previous owner and a mileage of 27,000km more than doubled its estimate, when it sold for €188,300.
Another interesting car that was featured at the auction was a 1966 Alpine A210, which was a competitor in the 1966 Le Mans. Although it retired during the 18th hour, and then again just seven hours into the 1967 Le Mans, it has since competed in several Le Mans Classic and Le Mans Legend races. This stunning historic racer eventually sold for €476,800.
A 1970 Porsche 911 S/T 2.3L ‘Rallye’ Coupe also attracted a lot of attention from the bidders. Described as being the ultimate Porsche 911, this example had been restored to highest quality, and is one of a very small number of authentic S/Ts on the market - selling for €905,920.
Many other rare and distinctive vehicles were sold, such as the 1959 BMW Isetta that sold for €23,840 and a 1976 Maserati Khamsin, which beat its estimate at €274,160.
Articurial’s next car auction will take place on 20 July in Monte Carlo.Words: Rhys Barnwell