Artcurial Le Mans Classic sale 2016: preview
After the drama of Brexit, Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale will be interesting.
Artcurial have assembled some good lots at mostly sensible prices , but we will no doubt see how Britain’s impending exit from the EU has affected the continental classic car market. There are a number of “indicator” cars for sale (see below) which represent interesting examples of the cars that collectors and investors have been snapping up over the last few years whose sales (or lack of) will give us a clue to the levels of confidence in the market. How much exchange rates will affect bidding from UK buyers and dealers remains to be seen but we expect the results to remain sensible despite the upheaval. There are some UK cars in the sale – it’s too close to the referendum for them to have been added to the catalogue after the vote, but expect to see more heading to the continent from showrooms in particular.
Estimates below are worked out at £1 = €1.18
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB – non-original but a nice story behind it. Could set the tone for Monterey.
1961 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster. Estimate £690-930,000 (EUD 1.1 million). Sold for EUD 1.1 million in 2014. Alloy block & disc brakes.
Ferrari F40 – 6,800 kms. Estimate £930,000 – £1.1 million. 2 owners, nice history, original paint and Classiche certified. Red leather seats…
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante. 1,500 Kms, x-pack car, manual, 1 owner. Estimate £680,000 – 1.1 million. Incredible estimate but certainly one of a kind and these cars can make big money.
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring. Estimate £360,000 – £490,000.
1966 Lotus Type 47 Group 4. One of only 71 racers in the iconic Gold Leaf livery. Estimate £106,000 – 140,000. Looks like good value?
Ferrari 512M. Estimate £186,000 – 220,000. The cricket screens in the photo are a bit of a giveaway. UK registered, LHD, low on history according to the description and previously lived in Japan – none of these (except LHD) will help its cause. The first of many to head for the continent?
Ferrari 575M. LHD, manual, Fiorano handling pack, 31,000 miles. Estimate of £150,000 – 190,000 may even tempt UK dealers.
Talbot T14 LS coupe. Estimate £170,000 – £210,000. another UK car (RHD) that has been doing the dealer rounds.
Ferrari Dino 246 GT. Estimate £185,000 – £240,000. Sounds like an honest car that needs a little TLC.
Ferrari 308 GTB “Vetroresina”. Estimate £130,000 – £165,000. One of the poster cars of recent times. 30,000 miles.