Artcurial’s Monaco auction saw a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR sell for €1,769,300, contributing significantly to the €10m sales total.
Artcurial hosted the very first of its biennial classic car auctions at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum on 2 July, posting sales of €8m – which rose to almost €10m with a number of post-sale agreements. This isn’t Artcurial’s first visit to the principality, with successful sales in 2012, 2013 and 2015, but it represents the first of what it hopes to become an established regular sale every two years.
The most expensive car of the sale was a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, which achieved a total price of €1,769,300, against the pre-sale estimate of €1.4-€1.6m. While it’s one of the most significant models in Porsche’s 1970s racing career, this RSR comes with a fantastic racing history.
When Porsche launched the RSR, it was the most extreme of its racing cars, built around the regular 911 shell for Group 4 homologation purposes. The engine was exotic, a 3.0-litre all aluminium flat-six with dry sump lubrication, producing more than 300bhp at 8000rpm. There was a lot of
Being used extensively from 1974 to 1986, this 3.0 RSR entered into the 24 Hours of Daytona a total of eight times, as well as seven times in the 12 Hours of of Sebring. It led an interesting racing career, and was fully rebuilt by US Porsche specialist Jim Torres in the late 1980s.
Quite a few cars remained unsold, however there were also quite a few strong sellers, some of which came as a slight surprise. One particular highlight was the Peugeot 205 Roland Garros, which sold for an incredible €25,183.
These were the top five sellers: