1984 Peugeot 205 T16 Evolution 1 and 1951 Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchetta among early competition car entries for RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction
RM Sotheby’s is readying its consignments for the glamorous Monaco auction, and with a pair of stunning competition cars already confirmed, there is sure to be more interesting cars on the way for this biennial event.
First up is the Peugeot 205 T16 Evolution 1 rally car, which took part in several rallies on the 1985 World Rally Championship. Wearing the chassis number C11, this car won the Monte Carlo and Swedish rallies at the hands of Ari Vatanen, ultimately helping the Peugeot Talbot Sport team to win both Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ WRC titles in 1985.
With just two private owners and excellent competition history, this car boasts history and provenance rarely offered for sale on the open market. It’s estimated to sell for €600,000-€800,000.
Next up is something a little different, one of the eight Ferrari 340 America Touring Barchettas built for racing. Bought new by Pierre Louis-Dreyfus, a World War II hero and successful businessman, who entered it into the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours. The team was run by Ferrari’s North American Racing Team founder and successful racer, Luigi Chinetti, while the car was driven by Louis-Dreyfus and Louis Chiron. The car was ultimately unsuccessful, but has a wonderful story behind its early racing history
It has enjoyed much more success in recent historic race meetings, and has passed through the hands of many respected collectors, including Pierre Bardinon
. Take a look through the rest of RM’s latest Monaco consignments here