With this year’s Rétromobile postponed until June, the high-profile Paris sales that traditionally surround the event in February will now run as online auctions with pared-back catalogues. Artcurial’s star attraction is the Matra MS 670 which won the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours in the hands of Henri Pescarolo and Graham Hill, due to go under the hammer on 5 February with a pre-sale estimate of €4,000,000 – 7,500,000. Chassis 670-01 was retired from racing after claiming victory in the 1973 Zeltweg 1000km, and has remained with the Lagardère Group ever since, initially performing ‘show-car’ duties and then on display at the Matra Museum with long-tail bodywork.
The sale also sees seven iconic Group B rally cars consigned from the Manoir de l’Automobile collection in Lohéac. Among them, a barely-used 1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1 (estimate €1,000,000 – 1,300,000), a 1985 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2 that took victory in the 1986 Tour de Corse with Bruno Saby at the wheel (estimate €600,000 – 800,000), and an ex-Miki Biasion 1986 Lancia Delta S4 (estimate €600,000 – 800,000).
RM Sotheby’s live-streamed auction takes place on 13 February where the early entries include a six-car Lamborghini collection. In the line-up is a 1971 Miura P400 SV with just 500km travelled since a comprehensive restoration was completed in 2016 (estimate €2,100,000 – 2,500,000); a 1977 Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ originally owned by Rod Stewart (estimate €750,000 – 900,000); and a 1969 Islero GTS, one of just 100 produced (estimate €400,000 – 450,000).
Even rare still is the 10,500km 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, set to cross the block without reserve. The only one of its kind ever built, it’s powered by a 6-litre Mercedes-Benz V12 giving 200 mph performance, and gained a cult following after featuring in the videogame Need for Speed II.
Classic car auction price estimates for: Matra | Audi | Peugeot | Lancia | Lamborghini | Isdera
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