Businessman, politician and automotive collector André Trigan will part company with his entire collection of 170 cars including thirty in ‘barnfind’ condition.
Following the successful sale of his cherished 43 Citroëns, ranging from 1919 – 1972, long-standing enthusiast Trigano has now decided its time to part company with the remaining 170 classics, which also include various ‘barnfinds’ at a special auction on-site in Gibel, near Toulouse on 2 May.
Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars said:
“The André Trigano Collection is, without a doubt, the most eclectic collection we have had the opportunity to present. There are cars from all periods, to suit all tastes and budgets. Belonging to a high-profile public figure who has been a passionate driver, it is a truly unique collection.”
Maitre Poulain, together with Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff, will bring the hammer down on lots ranging from the 1968 Honda Monkey Z50M (estimate €1000 – €2000) to the 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT (estimate €400,000 – €600,000), and the 2011 Renault Mégane ‘Floride’ (estimate €12,000 – €18,000). Trigano acquired many of these cars new, such as the top of the range saloons, and some of the range of American models on offer.
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Every lot in the sale will be offered at no reserve. Lamborghini, Renault, Rolls-Royce: an eclectic sale The star of the sale is an exceptional 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, bought new by André Trigano and presented in superb condition having been carefully and regularly maintained. Trigano was particularly keen on this car and drove it regularly before it became part of his private museum.
One of fewer than 250 examples built, all versions combined, it is an important milestone model in the marque’s history. This one-owner, low-mileage car that has been looked after all its life is undoubtedly one of the most desirable 400 GTs on the market, estimated at €400,000 / €600,000. Another rare model is the superb 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine James Young, presented in untouched original condition with a highly luxurious level of finish.
At the time, the Phantom V was Rolls Royce’s most prestigious and exclusive model, reserved for a clientèle featuring heads of state, royalty and celebrities. With every car built to client specification, they all differed in details of presentation and finish. Of the 832 Phantom Vs built between 1959 and 1968, only 217 were bodied by James Young. This exceptional example is estimated at €100,000 – €150,000.
1967 Renault 4 painted new by renowned artist Arman
Another highlight of the sale is a unique work-of-art with just 875 km on the clock: the 1967 Renault 4 painted new by renowned artist Arman. As part of a special fundraising event for the French Foundation for Medical Research, Arman, known for his ‘accumulations’, chose to cover a Renault 4 with repeated images of the model. This forerunner of the ‘art car’ made famous by Hervé Poulain, this special and perfectly conserved Renault 4 will appeal to anyone interested in French art and cars (estimate €30,000€ – €60,000).
In 1936 the family, running a textile business, was approached by a woman looking for a canvas shelter to use during the new paid holidays with her husband who worked for Renault. They designed what famously became known as the Trigano tent. It was the start of a great adventure.
Even before this successful chapter in his life, André Trigano had developed a great interest in automobiles. He bought his first car, a Citroën C4, just after the Liberation. As his business took off, he began to indulge his passion for motor racing. From the 1950s he competed in high-profile rallies including the Monte-Carlo, Tour de France Auto and Rallye d’Europe. It was during this period that he caught the collecting bug – a passion that has stayed with him all his life.
André Trigano said:
“I’m not brave enough to drive anymore and no longer take to the wheel at weekends like I used to. It requires a lot of work to maintain everything and there’s a risk these cars I love
so much will just stand still and deteriorate. A car that doesn’t drive is no longer a car, it’s just an inanimate object. I would like to give them another chance, so they can enjoy a second or third life. As the collection is very varied, it will appeal to enthusiasts of all ages and from all walks of life. Everyone should be able to find something corresponding to their means. There are restoration projects as well as sports cars in perfect condition.”
Other lots in the André Trigan collection:
1966 Iso Rivolta IR300
1969 BMW 2000 CS
1981 Renault 5 Le Car Van
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 3,5L
Circa 1940 Peugeot 202 sedan
1939 Simca 5 Discoverable
1952 Citroën Traction 11B
1953 Hotchkiss Anjou 2050 1953
1933 Hotchkiss 411 Cabourg
1952 Hotchkiss Grégoire sedan
1951 Hotchkiss Anjou 1350
1926 Renault NN Torpedo 4 places
The André Trigan collection personifies someone who has undoubtedly thrown most of his life into this automotive assemblage, which can be found via this link.
Images courtesy Artcurial.