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Artcurial Le Mans Classic sale report

Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale on 5 July saw 37 cars sell for more than €100,000. Top price went to a 1961 Mercedes 300SL Roadster that was sold with its original hard top and wooden packing case it was supplied in from new. The Mercedes reached €1,115,600.

Second highest price of the sale went to a 1964 AC Cobra 289 MkII that was the only privateer Cobra to finish Le Mans that year. It fetched €761,000, while a 1991 Ferrari F40 not far behind with a price of €691,400.

Proving that interest in Lamborghini’s is strong, a 1967 400 GT recorded €607,900. Aston Martin also performed well with a 1958 DB2/4 MIII Cabriolet making €602,000 to more than double its estimate. A 1953 DB2 Cabriolet reached €435,100 to double its estimate price, while a 1960 DB4 Series 2 fetched €377,000 to give Aston three out of the top 10 sale prices in this auction.
A 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS also more than doubled its estimate with sale price of €580,500

Bizzarrini provided some diversity to the top 10 sales as a 5300 GT Stradale made a sale at €536,400. To complete the top 10, another mid-engined Italian in the shape of a Lancia Stratos went on to €417,200.

Artcurial described the 2014 Le Mans Classic as its best ever sale at this venue and reported a 15% increase in buyers from the USA. There was also a 52% rise in European buyers from outside of France and 82% of the cars were sold by lot to raise a total of more than €13 million.

Matthieu Lamoure, director of the department, commented: ‘Sales in France continue to set new records and are attracting an international clientèle, with clients coming from as far afield as South Africa, the West Coast of the US and South America. We have been able to find gems like the Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS 5 that was discovered in Marseille and sold today for 580 500 € / 789 146 $. These cars that are fresh to the market create a buzz and attract collectors’ attention.’

By Al Suttie

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