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Artcurial, RM Sotheby’s post early consignments for their Retromobile sales


Gianni Agnelli’s 1986 Testarossa Spider | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Artcurial Motorcars and RM Sotheby’s have announced early consignments for their classic car auctions to be held during Retromobile next February in Paris.

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars, which already had announced a short-wheelbase 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta for the sale, has added a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Spider formerly owned by Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 and the 1903 classic yacht named Moonbeam III.

Artcurial said the Agnelli car is the only such Testarossa Spider built by Ferrari and was painted silver because the first two letters of Agnelli’s last name also are the chemical symbol for silver metal. The car also features a blue stripe above black sills and a white hood. Artcurial has set a pre-auction estimated value of $750,000 to $1 million.

Moonbeam III launched in 1903 | Artcurial

The DB4 has left-hand drive and was sold new in France. It retains its original engine, which was produced to Vantage specification with a trio of carburetors. Its estimated value is $500,000 to $600,000.

The historic Moonbeam III was designed by William Fife III and was the third of four yachts built between 1858 and 1920 to carry his name. The boat has been moored in St. Tropez in recent years and has participated in several major classic-yachting events since being restored in 2004. It will be offered at no reserve with a pre-auction estimated value of $550,000 to $1.65 million.

RM Sotheby’s announcement for its third annual Retromobile sale includes a 1989 Ferrari F40, a 2004 Ferrari Enzo, a 1978 Ferrari 512 BB, a 1963 Ghia L6.4 coupe, a 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster and a 1956 Austin-Healey 100 M Le Mans.

The ’89 F40 originally was owned by the late Stefano Casiraghi, offshore powerboat racer, playboy and the second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco. The car has been driven only 4,300 kilometers and has a pre-auction estimated value of $1.07 to $1.3 million.

The ’04 Enzo wears Nero Daytona colors with red Cartier upholstery and a carbon-fiber wing. It has an Alpin GPS/audio system and back-up camera, and only 2,500 km on its odometer. The car is undergoing Ferrari Classiche certification and has a pre-sale estimated value of $1.6 million to $2.15 million.

Stefano Casiraghi’s F40 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Boris Adolf

“All Ferrari supercars are special, but these two early entries for our Paris sale each boast unique and highly desirable histories along with low, original mileage,” Max Girardo, RM Sotheby’s managing director for Europe, said in a news release.

RM Sotheby’s sale is scheduled February 3, 2016, at Place Vauban. Last year, the auction featured 60 vehicles with total sales of around $22 million.

Artcurial Motorcars Paris event is scheduled for February 5. The sale last year featured the barn-found Baillon Collection and posted results of $52.2 million.

Also scheduled for Retromobile week is Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction on February 4.

Larry Edsall
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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