Rétromobile 2019 proved once again its the leader of the European pack as numbers reflected an impressive turnout, but can the auctions stand up and be counted?
Bursting catalogues and glittering lot-lists are essential and have a lot to deliver on the big stage, especially when the target audience is eager to part with some well-earned cash.
It seems local boys, Artcurial Motorcars once again dominated the annual week of collectors’ car sales in Paris, which took place over a hectic three days 8 – 10 February.
Boasting sales 31%+ on the previous year and 10 record auction transactions, the French outfit had most things in their favour, including having the best seat in the house.
Matthieu Lamoure, Managing director, Artcurial:
The Alfa 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta epitomises the aesthetics and engineering of its day; it is a marvel, a masterpiece, a dream.
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Most Expensive Ever Pre-War Car
The jewel in the crown was an incredible 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Berlinetta that eventually changed hands for a whopping 17M€ / 19M$ including premium, making it the third most expensive pre-war car ever to sell at auction.
The family-owned classic giant has been cherished by the owners for the last 43 years, but will now travel to pastures new after being sold to a private collecting US bidder.
Although less fortunate, Bonhams did manage to sell 93 cars and acheive a sell rate of 66%. The Union Jack may have to rethink its vintage catalogue strategy if improvements are to mirror big boys, RM.
Top ten car sales for Retromobile 2019:
Artcurial: 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Berlinetta – €16,388,000
RM Sotheby’s: 1987 Ferrari F40 LM has sold for a staggering – €4.842.500
Artcurial: 1966 Serenissima Spyder – €4.124.000
RM Sotheby’s: 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder – €3,042,500
RM Sotheby’s: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy €2,860,000
Artcurial: 2009 Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss Edition – €2,556,000
RM Sotheby’s: 2018 Bugatti Chiron – €2,275,000
RM Sotheby’s: 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport €2,030,000
RM Sotheby’s: 1956 Ferrari F50 – €1,700,000
Bonhams: 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A – €1,581,250