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.
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.
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).
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).