RM Sotheby’s adds supercars to Paris docket

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1987 Ferrari F40 finished 12th in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995 | RM Sotheby's photos

A Le Mans-raced 1987 Ferrari F40 headlines a group of modern supercars on the docket for RM Sotheby’s sixth Paris auction, scheduled for February 6, 2019, which also is the opening day of the annual Retromobile collector car showcase.

The F40 was the fastest road car of its era, but it was taken to extremes in its Le Mans race spec with special bodywork, including more extreme front and rear wings, as well as larger brakes, revised suspension, race-spec gearbox and an interior that was stripped of creature comforts but featured a digital racing dashboard.

F40 expected to sell for at least $5 million, says auction house

The car on offer in Paris is chassis 74045, a prototype vehicle used in the F40 development and then converted to race spec in 1992 by Michelotto and sold to Michel Ferte in 1994. Ferte entered the car at Le Mans in 1995 and finished 12th.

The following year, the car got an even-wider rear wing and competed in the BPR Global GT series.

RM Sotheby’s says it is the most successful F40 LM and is expected to sell for €4.500.000 to €5.500.000 ($5.12 million to $6.26 million) at the auction.

1996 Ferrari F50

Also on the docket is a 1996 Ferrari F50, the 102nd of 349 produced, originally sold in France and offered with its original trunk bag in addition to its original luggage, flight case, hardtop and other accessories. The pre-sale estimate for the car is €1.700.000 to €1.900.000 ($1.93 million to $2.16 million).

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1994 Bugatti EB110 SS

The docket also includes three modern Bugattis:

  •  A 1994 Bugatti EB110 SS, one of only 38 “sports-enhanced” versions, and perhaps the lowest-mileage example having been driven only 907 kilometers since new. Pre-sale estimate is €1.500,000 to €1.800.000 ($1.48 million to $2.04 million).
  • A 2014 Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, one of 92 built and driven only 2,750 kilometers. Pre-auction estimate is €1.575.000 to €1.800.000 ($1.79 million to $2.04 million)
  • A 2017 Chiron driven only 1,800 kilometers. Pre-sale estimate: €2.360.000 to €2.750.000 ($2.68 million to $3.14 million).

 

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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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