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Artcurial preparing for post-barn found Paris auction


1966 Alpine raced twice at Le Mans | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1966 Alpine raced twice at Le Mans | Artcurial Motorcars photos

So what do you do after you stage a record-breaking Retromobile auction featuring the Baillon Collection of 59 barn-found vehicles? If you’re Artcurial Motorcars, you get ready for your annual Automobiles sur les Champs sale at the historic Theatre du Rond-Point on the Champs Elysees in the center of Paris, where some 70 classic cars will be offered up for bidding on June 22.

“Automobiles sur les Champs VIII will tempt international collectors to Paris once more, boasting a lineup of rare and highly sought-after makes and models,” Artcurial said in its news release.

“In recognition of our sale at Le Mans Classic, held alternately with this sale in Paris, we are delighted to be offering a historic Alpine, the A210 chassis 1720, that represented France so successfully at international circuits between 1966 and 1969,” said Matthieu Lamoure, Artcurial Motorcars managing director. “In a strong market, our selection of cars will range from the Eden Roc Autobianchi to the 8,000-km Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 356 Carrera 2 that was sold new in France.”

Porsche 356 in French blue colors
Porsche 356 in French blue colors

The 1966 Alpine A210 is a rear-engine sports prototype racer that made its debut in the 1,000-kilometer event at Monza, raced at Le Mans in 1966 and 1967, and posted class victories at Spa, Montlhery and Kyalami. It has continued to compete in vintage races, has participated in the Le Mans Classic since 2002 and was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2005. Artcurial estimates its likely sales price to be in the $335,000 to $560,000 range.

Even more valuable should be a 1970 Porsche 911 ST and a 1962 Maserati 3500 GTI coupe by Frua.

The 911 is the sixth such car built by Porsche’s racing department, competed in races and rallies, and at one point was owned by famed driver Walter Rohrl. Artcurial’s pre-auction estimate is $850,000 to $1 million.

The Maserati is one of only four with bodies by Frua and has been owned by the same family since 1967. Artcurial’s pre-auction estimate is $400,000 to $600,000.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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