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‘French Collection’ does $2.3 million at online auction

Dakar Rally racer’s car collection crosses block at Artcurial Motorcars event

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The “French Collection” auction of more than 100 vehicles offered by Dakar racer Richard Romagny generated €2,060,136 ($2.3 million), Artcurial Motorcars reports of its online sale.

Romagny, former head of a French oil and energy company, drove in the Dakar Rally three times and became a passionate car collector after selling Forges et Mécaniques in 2006. 

Topping the auction was a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL that sold for $139,040. Other top sellers were a 1956 Peugeot 203 C cabriolet that brought $83,420 and a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL that went for $76,470.

Several cars sold for auction-record prices, including a 1992 Citroen BX 165 that sold for $52,835.

All lots sold with one exception — the Dakar-raced 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser Prototype 1 that did not meet its reserve price in the bidding.

Larry Edsall
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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