The Grimaldi Forum will provide the venue, on Sunday July 2, for the Artcurial Motorcars 2017 Monte Carlo auction. The catalog will comprise mainly classic cars but also some modern hypercars. The sale will get under way at 2 p.m., while the previews are scheduled for the Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Sunday from 10 a.m. right up to the start of the auction.
A total of 120 cars will be offered, plus two Riva runabouts and some automobilia lots. Artcurial’s commission for this sale will be 16.6% + VAT on the hammer price for lots selling for between EUR 1 and 900,000, and 12.5% for any portion of sale values above this range. As many as 32 cars will be offered without reserve, and only three have a lower estimated value above the EUR 1 million mark. The car with the lowest estimated vale, 10–20 K Euro, offered without reserve, is a 1993 Peugeot 205 Roland Garross cabriolet Pininfarina (chassis #VF320DKD225123462), which has done 12,700 kilometers since new, while the one expected to fetch the highest price (EUR 1.2–1.4 million) is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina (chassis #3459GT).
The oldest car up for sale is a 1951 Simca 8 Sport Cabriolet (chassis #897700), which is being offered without reserve with an estimate of 60–80 K Euro, while the youngest is a 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG World Championship Collector’s Hamilton Edition (chassis #WDD2314741F036949). This car, which has done 28 kilometers from new, is the eighth of the only 19 made, and it is expected to fetch in the range of EUR 290–350 K.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina
Finished in Maranello on July 24, 1962, this 250 GT Cabriolet PF was immediately shipped to Crepaldi in Milan, where it remained until 1977 when it was sold to an owner in Sicily. Six years later, in 1983, it returned to the Milan area. In 2006, a further five owners and more than two decades later, the car was exported to Monte Carlo, where it is currently registered. It was given a total restoration by the specialists in Modena and, in 2013, was Ferrari Classiche certified. The paint is still the correct Grigio Conchiglia originally used, while the interior has been reupholstered in black leather. Estimate: EUR 1.2–1.4 million.
1965 Maserati Mistral 3700 Spyder
Ordered on April 5, 1965, this matching numbers Mistral (chassis #109/S/057) was originally delivered in Rome. The first owner expressly requested the hard top (only two Mistrals were originally delivered with this optional), and also wanted a 3.7-liter engine. Therefore, the factory, having prepared the car to receive the 3.5-liter version, swapped it for the bigger unit just eight days before delivering the finished vehicle. After a short spell in the USA, the car came back to Italy where, in 2005, it was restored, keeping its original Argento Auteuil color. It is Maserati Classiche certified. Estimate: EUR 730–830 K.
1958 Fiat 600 Jolly Ghia
This Fiat 600 Jolly bodied by Ghia (chassis #100420901) is a rare car with a unique history. It has covered 22,000 kilometres from new, always with its original 750 Abarth engine, and it has spent its whole life with the same Italian family. It has been repainted twice, the second time in its original color. Estimate: EUR 80–120 K.
1958 Lancia Aurelia B24 Cabriolet
This Lancia Aurelia B24 Cabriolet (chassis #B24S-1565), although repainted, is still in its original color combination of light blue on natural leather; furthermore, it is still complete with its original hard top. Production work on the car began at the end of February 1958 and was completed on April 23. In the October of the same year the car was sold to its first owner in France. The current family ownership started in 1968, and after a repaint in the 1970s, the car was completely restored in the 2000s. Unused since 2011, it was serviced earlier this year (2017). Estimate: EUR 220–280 K.
1953 Jaguar XK 120 Coupe
This originally black on red leather LHD car (chassis #S680774) was completed on February 10, 1953, and just ten days later it was already with the Los Angeles distributor waiting for its first owner. In 1973, by which time it had been painted in brown on brown upholstery, it was spotted by a car enthusiast at a secondhand car dealership in Sunset Boulevard: he bought it and went on to keep it for the following 30 years, during which time he restored it twice. Its most recent restoration, in 2009, was done to a high level and included every part. Despite changing hands twice in the last eight years, this light blue painted car remains in wonderful condition. Estimate: EUR 100–130 K.
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3L
Chassis #9114609113 was a late production car (number 104 in the series) originally delivered in New York in October 1974 and immediately afterwards shipped to Mexico. Its Mexican owner had the car make its debut at the IMSA sponsored race in Mexico City on 20 October, and continued to race it throughout the 1975 season, starting a racing career that was to last until 1986. During these 11 years, the 911, under three different owners, participated eight times in the Sebring 12 Hours and seven times in the Daytona 24 Hours. Professionally restored by Porsche specialist Jim Torres, it is now in ready-to-race condition. Estimate: EUR 1.4–1.6 million.
All photos courtesy of the auction house.