Fangio’s 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans Gordini Type 18S Is Up For Grabs

Gordini 18S
Gordini Type 18S driven by Juan Manual Fangio and Froilan Gonzalez

This 1950 Gordini Type 18S was driven by the legendary Juan Manual Fangio and Froilan Gonzalez in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans and it’s expected to sell for over $1.5M…

Following last year’s untimely pandemic cancellation, Artcurial Motorcars will bring their Paris Sale to the popular French automotive gathering, Retromobile where a whole host of rare and stylish competition cars will take centre stage in the capital.

The mouth-watering lot list is set to include ‘theGordini Type 18S driven by Fangio in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours and Sébastien Bourdais’s Peugeot 908 that was victorious in the Zhuhaï 6 Hours. Also on offer will be the Bandini collection of nine competition cars and an assemblage of nineteen vehicles from the estate of Beaudoin Lempereur. Finally, the Bruno Lafourcade collection includes four Bugattis and two Alfa Romeos that are sure to ignite the auction room on February 4th 2022.

Gordini 18S

Gordini Type 18S

Spearheading the rare competition cars will be ‘theGordini Type 18S that was driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio and José Froilán González in the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours.

While there were only two examples of the extremely rare Gordini Type 18S ever built, both consisted of a highly aerodynamic body constructed entirely of duralumin. Of the 33 different chassis built by Italian-born racing car driver and sports car manufacturer Amédée Gordini, chassis No: 020S Berlinetta is the only one to survive in original and exceptional condition.

Gordini 18S

Incredibly, the 1950 upholstery from Fangio’s era remains intact and is reported to come equipped with the only Gordini compressor engine still in existence. Patina, integrity and provenance are reflected throughout the Berlinetta with battle scars still present from its competitive history when raced by Juan-Manuel Fangio and also its participation in the Rome-Liège-Rome race in 1951.

Gordini 18S

The Bandini Collection

No less than nine cars from the Italian marque, Bandini will also be presented in the sale. This very special collection has been assembled by Dino Bandini in tribute to his uncle Ilario, who founded the marque in 1946.

The custodian of this marque today, Dino is the author of a comprehensive book on Bandini, the company’s history and a complete register of the 75 automobiles built by his uncle. Based in Forli in Emilia-Romagna, the marque folded with the death of its founder in 1992. Since that time, his nephew has worked tirelessly to assemble the greatest number of cars built by his uncle, some with exceptional racing provenance.

Bandini Collection

Coming from the Bandini museum, the cars with notable racing provenance include:

  • 1957 Bandini 750 Internazionale: Also called ‘Saponetta’ for its streamlined aluminium bodywork, this car is equipped with a 750cc Bandini engine. It took the start of the famous Mille Miglia in 1957 and has been intelligently restored to retain the evidence of its racing past and originality
  • 1953 Bandini 750 Sport Siluro: With an aluminium body, ultra-light tubular chassis, and 750cc engine, this example is in exceptionally original condition, looking as if it has just finished the Mille Miglia in 1953 when it was driven by Ilario Bandini himself
  • 1957 Bandini 750GT Veloce Berlinette Zagato: In 1957, Ilario Bandini called on the renowned coachbuilder Zagato to create a body for his Gran Turismo Berlinetta. The car won first prize in the 1959 Rimini Concours d’Elegance before being taken to the United States where it competed in several races including Daytona and Sebring. Very powerful thanks to its ultra-lightweight tubular body and 750cc engine, this unique model is presented in its original configuration

Images courtesy of Artcurial – Bernard Canonne and Peter Singhof

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