You’ve seen the barnfind Baillon Collection, but there’s a lot more besides at the 2015 Retromobile sale on 6 February. Gallery here
Artcurial will offer a total of 176 cars at its annual Retromobile sale in Paris on 6 February. The sale has been split up into two sections, the first being the amazing Barnfind Baillon Collection, with the remaining ‘Legendary Motor Cars’ coming up second.
Although the Baillon Collection (see here for the Barnfind gallery) has some of the rarest and most expensive cars in the sale, the French auction also contains some gems not often seen in other sales around the world. Here are some of our favourites.
Renault 5 Turbo 1 - Lot 128
Despite being driven just 64,000km from new, this original Renault 5 Turbo has been completely rebuilt by French Alpine and Renault 5 specialists Team FJ. It’s offered in showroom condition, with the fantastic interior, unique to the Turbo 1. It’s offered without a reserve.
€60,000 - €80,000
Jaguar XJ220 - Lot 165 & 197
Artcurial actually has two XJ220s for sale. The first French registered car (pictured) is showing 11,100km on the clock, and has recently been treated to a €46,000 engine rebuild. The second blue XJ220 is unregistered, and has covered 813km since it was sold new in France.
€160,000 - €200,000 & €260,000 - €330,000
Porsche 911 Targa - Lot 101
Patina is something that can’t be faked, and if you prefer your cars well used this Porsche 911 really is something special. Owned by a single Parisian owner since 1973, the Targa has been in daily service, wearing the many scars of a car that has lived in the French capital! It’s recently had some structural repairs carried out underneath, but the aesthetics remain untouched. A fantastic opportunity to own a genuine rat-look Porsche.
€20,000 - €30,000
BMW M1 Group 5 Le Mans – Lot 208
Competition cars from the 1980s don’t just look fantastic, but they’re becoming more popular in historic motorsport. This particular M1 raced at Le Mans in 1981, ending in 16th position, making it eligible for the Le Mans Classic.
€700,000 - €900,000
Renault 4L Beach Car - Lot 208
This Renault 4L Beach Car is a proper five-seater convertible, which was initially converted to beach spec for an advertising campaign. Built as a one-off, it’s survived well over the years, recently being overhauled.
€12,000 - €16,000
Maserati Quattroporte III – Lot 108
The Giugiaro-styled Maserati Quattroporte III replaced the previous Citroen SM-based version, and brought in a new 4.1-litre V8 powerplant. Inside it’s as luxurious as they come, with this 1988 example previously being used in the UK and was originally the personal car of the King of Morocco, Hassan II.
€10,000 - €14,000
Aston Martin DB7 Zagato - Lot 168
A limited number of just 99 Aston Martin DB7 Zagatos were ever built, and the iconic coachbuilder’s styling refresh certainly gave the V12 Vantage model a completely different character. Bought new in Germany, car number 009 been driven 1,555km in total.
€220,000 - €250,000
Citroen CX Prestige ‘Honecker’ – Lot 190
There are few more comfortable ways to travel than in a Citroen CX, and this specially extended Prestige model was built specifically for the French President during a visit to the German Democratic Republic in 1989. The car was never actually used for this purpose however, due to the fall of the Berlin wall…
€40,000 - €60,000
To view all the cars fromt the Arcurial auction, including the Barnfind Baillon Collection, click here.