Artcurial secures Ogliastro collection for its Retromobile auction

1933 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante is one of six produced
The Ogliastro collection vehicles headed to Artcurial's 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos
The Ogliastro collection vehicles headed to Artcurial’s 2017 Retromobile auction | Artcurial Motorcars photos

In 2015, it was the barn-found Baillon Collection which drew people to spend more than $52.2 million at Artcurial Motorcars’ annual Retromobile sale in Paris.

Earlier this year, a world-auction record (in euros) was spent at Artcurial’s Retromobile auction on a single vehicle, the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Pierre Bardinon collection. (That the sale, which converted to $35.7 million, wasn’t a record in U.S. dollars was a factor of fluxuating international currency exchange rates.)

1933 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante is one of six produced
1933 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante is one of six produced

Which brings us to Artcurial’s announcement that the docket for its next Retromobile sale, February 10, 2017, will be led by the Herve and Martine Ogliastro collection that includes:

  • 1901 De Dion Bouton Type G Vis-a-vis
  • 1908 DeDion Bouton B1 Torpedo
  • 1938 Citroen 7C coupe
  • 1936 Talbo Lago T150C
  • 1936 Delahaye 135 Sport Roadster by Figoni et Falachi
  • 1935 Bugatti 57 Atalante
  • 1957 Osca Type S273
  • 1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada
  • 1967 Bugatti Type 52
1957 Osca Spider raced 50 times from 1957 to 1965
1957 Osca Spider raced 50 times from 1957 to 1965

“I love the beautiful vintage coachwork of the Golden Age and also GT cars,” Herve Ogliastro was quoted in Articurial’s news release.

“I have owned a Countach, a Diablo, an XK120 and 150, Horch, Delaunay-Belleville, Delage ex-Lesur, the Gordini that belonged to Jean Berha and won at Reims, Ferrari and Porsche… What inspires me are the stories of my cars and the lives they have lived.

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“The more they have ‘danced,’ the more I become attached to them.”

Artcurial characterizes Ogliastro was “a passionate automobile enthusiast… both a collector and a driver.” Ogliastro is a descendant of luggage-maker Louis Vuitton Malletier and for nearly a decade owned the company that managed Retromobile in Paris.

Ogliastro’s 1935 Bugatti 57 Atalante is one of only six such cars and was displayed on the Bugatti stand at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. The car has a long history of French ownership, including more than 30 years with the Ogliastros.

1937 Citroen 7C
1937 Citroen 7C

The 1936 Delahaye 135 is a competition roadster and one of only six given coach-style bodywork by Figoni et Falaschi. Soon after World War II, the car became a cabriolet.

The Ogliastros’ 1936 Talbot was a factory racing car that competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times in the late 1930s and again in 1949. It also ran in the 1937 Mille Miglia and several Grand Prix races.

Artcurial has set pre-auction estimated values on the Bugatti, Delahaye and Talbot of $1.1 million to $1.6 million each.

The 1957 Osca Spider is one of only six built with a 273 S engine and raced 50 times between 1957 and 1965.

Other star cars on Artcurial’s Retromobile auction docket include the Reims-winning 1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa Scaglietti, the 1939 Delahaye 135 MS ordered by oil magnate Felix Benitez-Rexach for his actress wife “la Mome Moineau,” and the 1982 Renault 5 Turbo that Jean Ragnotti drove to victory in the Tour de Corsica rally.

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The Delahaye 135 at speed
The Delahaye 135 at speed
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, 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.