Bugatti Type 35, Maserati MC12 are no-reserve consignments for RM Sotheby’s Paris sale

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No reserve consignment Bugatti and Maserati at Sotheby’s Paris
1925 Bugatti Type 35 racer will be offered in Paris with no reserve | RM Sotheby's photos

A 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix racer and a 2005 Maserati MC12 both will be offered at no reserve at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction during Retromobile week, February 7-11, 2018, the auction house has announced.

In fact, it added in its news release, half of the cars already consigned to the sale will cross the block “without reserve.”

“RM will undoubtedly kick its European auction calendar off in spectacular fashion next year in the French capital,” the company noted.

No reserve consignment Bugatti and Maserati at Sotheby’s Paris
Like the Bugatti, this Maserati MC12 will cross the block at no reserve

RM Sotheby’s said its fifth-annual Paris sale, scheduled for February 7, will include more than 60 collector cars, including a one-owner 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, a 1992 Ferrari F40, a 1958 BMW 507 roadster, two Porsche 911 GT2s and a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Schmal.

Highlighting the early consignments are the vintage Bugatti and modern Maserati going to auction with no reserve.

The Bugatti, “offered from long-term French ownership,” is chassis No. 4394 and was delivered originally to marquis Georges Cholmondeley “Lord Rocksavage” in at his home in France.

“Complete with a large collection of period photographs with Lord and Lady Cholmondeley, including one with Malcolm Campbell at Brooklands in 1925, it represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire what is truly one of the most iconic and respected automobiles of the 1920s,” RM Sotheby’s said.

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No reserve consignment Bugatti and Maserati at Sotheby’s Paris
One-owner 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 also on the Paris auction docket

“The Bugatti displays lovely original patina and is offered in excellent condition complete with original chassis, body, gearbox, axles, and differential.”

RM Sotheby’s expects the car to sell for €950.000 to €1.050.000 ($1.12 million to $1.24 million).

The Maserati MC12 is one of only 50 produced and has been driven only 12,500 kilometers since its delivery. It’s pre-sale estimate is €2 million to €2.5 million ($2.36 million to $2.95 million).

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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