RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris

RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris


In about ten days, three sales will be held in Paris during the week of Retromobile 2023. We have already told you about those of Artcurial and that of Bonhamslet’s deal with the catalog of the sale of RM Sotheby in Paris, which will actually be the first of the week.

RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris

This will be the first sale of the week. The public exhibition will be held from Tuesday January 31, from 10 am to 8 pm before returning the next day from 10 am to 3 am before the start of the sale, scheduled for 4 am.

The place has changed. After Place Vauban for years, it was Place Vendome that hosted the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris last year. This year, new changes. The exhibition and sale will take place in the Salles du Carrousel, in the Louvre therefore!

On the plan: lots 98. The catalog is, indeed, smaller than the other two sales (but there is less space) but it is not necessarily less well filled!

Sales stars

Sales stars are estimated at… several million. But that’s normal for RM Sotheby’s sales in Paris. Another common thing: the presence of a number of beautiful Ferraris. We chose three.

The oldest is the 275 GTB/4 from 1967. Restored less than 10 years ago, in perfect condition, it is estimated between 3.1 and 3.3 million euros.

Then we go to 1990 with a Ferrari F40, of Italian origin, with less than 10,000 kilometers on the clock. It is estimated between 2.1 and 2.5 million euros. The price of the F40 has doubled in just a few months!

And then the amazing car: Ferrari 643. This is the F1 Ferrari of 1991 and it was driven by Alesi and Mordibelli (but not by Prost), but without a win on the clock, it was not Ferrari’s best period. Ready to drive, estimated between 2.9 and 3.4 million euros.

Two Frenchmen from the upcoming RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris. You’d think that at a price like that… it’s Bugattis. So we start with Type 55, a 1932 car that raced in Luxembourg. Its original, 4-seater convertible body made by Pritchard & Demollin, was lost and replaced by another, factory-style (Jean Bugatti design). The beauty is estimated to be between 1.8 and 2.2 million euros.

The second is the Type 43 from 1928. It also ran, it was even the one that won the 1932 Paris-Nice! With its road board signed Lavocat et Marsaud, the car is estimated between 1 and 1.3 million euros.

We are going back to Italy. First and two (!) Lamboghini Miura from the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris, both from 1969 by the way. The first is the P400 S restored in the 90’s and mechanically modified in 2015. It is estimated between 1.4 and 1.8 million euros.

The second is an S, but modified to look like a Jota (€400,000 of work apparently). A rare car… but that affects its estimate: between 900,000 and 1 million euros.

We continue in Italy with two potential millionaire Alfa Romeos from the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris. A tribute to the oldest, 6C 2300B Mille Miglia from 1938. It still has its original signed work. To visit, was awarded at Pebble Peach and Amelia Island…despite the existence of box 5 (the original box is on the lot). It is estimated between 1 and 1.4 million euros.

We add a Alfa Romeo TZ from 1965, a car that raced at Mugello and the Nürburgring, and which has not been restored. A good patina on the plan, but a revolving order with an estimate between 1.2 and 1.4 million euros.

Among the stars of RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris, there are also two Germans. The first is a rally car, the Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, which closed the podium in Bandama 79 and Safari 80. The rare car was estimated between 800,000 and 1.1 million euros.

There is also the Porsche 904 GTS, a car that ran from 1964 to 1966 and the best result was a class victory in the 1000 km Nürburgring in 1965. In good condition, it is estimated between 2 and 2.25 million euros.

And then obviously we have to talk about the three most modern cars since two of them have the two highest estimates at the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris.

First the Bugatti Chiron Profilée, last year’s exclusive car… in fact when the car was researched, the last Chirons were sold. This is the only car left, which is estimated between 4.2 and 5.5 million euros.

We continue with a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, produced in France and well maintained with low kilometers. Black on black, estimated between 3.8 and 4.2 million euros.

Finally McLaren, the 2020 Speedtail, with 114 kilometers on the clock and an estimate of between 2.2 and 2.6 million euros.

A few French on the program

Apart from the two presented Bugattis, RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris will finally offer a few French cars in its inventory.

Let’s start with the 1939 Delahaye 148 Cabriolet. This “3-seater” body was designated Mylord by Chapron. There are only two examples in existence on chassis 148. The car has been restored and is estimated between 200 and 300,000 €.

Another Chapron achievement: the 1965 DS 21 Cabriolet. With the biggest engine of the time, this car is estimated at between 180 and 220,000 €.

Another great French brand present at the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris (but also for others, it seems like a habit), Facel Vega. Here is a 1960 HK500, with manual gearbox, estimated between 140 and 180,000 €.

And then there is also the Alpine A110. This is a 1974 V85, complete with parts and documentation, estimated at between €80 and €110,000.

Note: we took the Hispano-Suiza from this French selection, it is from 1908, a model year when the French factory did not exist.

Finally, we see…

We conclude the selection in this catalog of the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris with 5 lots.

We start with one of 50 BMW 635 CSi Group A. This 1983 car competed in 11 European Touring Championship races between 1984 and 1986. Prepared, ready to run, it is estimated between €200 and €260,000.

Then there is the De Tomaso Mangusta from 1970. Once released in Europe, it has been part of a French collection since 2012. It is estimated between 200 and 250,000 €.

Zagato’s best signature car at the time, the 1963 OSCA 1600 GT. 98 were built and, as good as it is, it’s worthy of bigger events. It is estimated between 380 and 450,000 €.

And then right, for your information, the two lowest estimates of the RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris: between 40 and 60,000 €! These are two road racers.

First Ferves Ranger 4×4 from 1970, one of the last, built on a Fiat base combining a 500 engine with a 600 suspension.
Then we find a “classic” Range Rover in good condition, most likely soon restored in suede.

Want to see more? The full catalog of RM Sotheby’s sales in Paris is here.