Race-prepped Peugeot 504 among record-setting sales at French auction

Race-prepped Peugeot 504 among record-setting sales at French auction

Negotiations continue for 1937 Simca 8 Gordini race car

The inaugural “L’Aventure Peugeot Citroen DS auction in France posted an 85 percent sell-through rate for the auction held at the PSA Peugeot Citroen archives. 

Auctioneer Damien Leclere reported three world-record prices at the sale — a 1977 Peugeot 504 coupe prepared for Group 4 racing, a 1977 Peugeot 204 “Coupe de Juillet 1970,” also race prepared; and a 1985 Peugeot J9 Comfort. 

1977 Peugeot 204 “Coupe de Juillet 1970 and trophies it won

The 504 sold for €105,600 ($124,280) nearly 10 times its pre-sale expectations; the 204 sold for €32,400 ($38,132); and the customized J9 van brought €10,900 ($12,830), triple its pre-sale estimate.

A highlight of the auction was the sale of a Peugeot 406 featured in the film, Taxi 2, that drew 13 telephone bidders and sold to a young Frenchman in the auction room for €31,800 ($37,425) — triple its estimate. The winning bidder grew up with a passion for cult movie cars and turned it into a business, Movie Cars Rental.

1937 Simca 8 Gordini raced at Le Mans

Still pending is the possible sale of a unique 1937 Simca 8 Gordini that was bid to €680,000 ($800,285), a figure reportedly just shy of the reserve price.

A 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 sold for €94,800 ($111,570).

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