CITROEN 2CV There were plenty of Citroens crossing the block at Artcurial’s sale this month, and a rare Safari model fetched over $276,000 but more modest versions like the 1986 Charleston raked in over $60k. So if you know of a neighbour who’s got a 2CV in the back lot, now’s the time to wing in a speculative lowball. t et eto g
ARTCURIAL, PARIS The 603bhp all-wheel drive, quad-turbo Bugatti EB110 Super Sport is in many ways the forgotten supercar of the 90s, and this one is something very special. Owner Gildo Pallanca Pastor set an ice driving speed record back in 1995 on the frozen sea off the Finnish coast. We’ll let Guido take up the story.
“I reached a top speed of 315 km/h on tyres without spikes. It was a pretty crazy record as I could see waves at the end of the track. The greatest challenge was to avoid ending up in the water. I had it all. Reindeer crossing the track for example...” This car has covered just 1373km and is sold with a second V12 engine on a pallet.
$24,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE Sleeper alert! From the outside it looks like any old Torana hatch. Take a closer look and you realise it’s not quite what it seems. Owned by GM-H powerplant engineer Fred James, the six-cylinder engine was overhauled in 1984, using XU-1 pistons and connecting rods; a Harrop crankshaft and a Garrett turbo installed. The car’s original L6 transmission and torque converter were upgraded to handle the extra power.
Only the cluster of non-standard gauges will give the game away to the casual observer.
$203,045 GOODINGS, SCOTTSDALE This Dante Giacosa-designed Mirafiori is the fourth of just five special-order Fiat 600 Multipla cars created by the Reparto Carrozzerie Speciali department of Fiat. They were built between 1956 and 1958 at the request of Fiat executive Gianni Agnelli, who specifically wanted a small fleet of vehicles to transport visiting dignitaries and the occasional movie star around the Fiat factory in Torino. The current owner has serviced the car and renewed the removable Plexiglas roof panel.
$98,376 ARTCURIAL, PARIS Less than $100k for a Group B-era homologation car? That has to be some sort of bargain. Okay, so the 200hp Citroen BX4 TC doesn't have the hero factor of a Peugeot 205 T16 but it has it trumped for exclusivity. Only 86 of the proposed 200 car homologation run was executed by builder Heuliez and only 40 cars survive. It never turned a wheel in anger in the WRC, hence the relatively affordable asking price.
$32,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE While those with ‘real deal’ HDT Commodores might look down their noses at these Australian Dealer Pack cars, a tidy VH with a five-litre lump and a few choice extras is an increasingly desirable thing. This one’s based on the top spec SL/E and features the Irmscher wheels and a subtle bodykit. No VC-type flares? Who wants to stand accused of owning a sheep in wolf’s clothing?
RMA AMELIA ISLAND 12TH MARCH Known to most as the car that Jeremy Clarkson drove around the corridors of BBC Television Centre for a Top Gear episode, the Peel P50 is widely acknowledged as the world’s smallest car. Prices for any of the 26 remaining examples are anything but diminutive, however, with pre-auction estimates hovering around the $125,000 mark.
Originally devised as a project to evaluate the minimum possible dimensions needed for a functional car, this fibreglass tomb on wheels was first displayed at the 1962 Cycle and Motorcycle Show in London. The P50 is one-wheel drive and there’s no reverse gear; the P50 is so light that the owner simply grabs a handle mounted at the rear and drags the car about like a shopping trolley. Power? Not much. You get a 4.5 hp, 49 cc twostroke single-cylinder Zweirad-Union engine, driving a three-speed manual transmission.
$65,105 BONHAMS, PARIS Amidst all the million dollar tackle at Bonhams’ Grand Marque du Monde sale was this spectacular Chrysler Eight Airflow. This ’34 example was one of the first cars to roll from the line and shocked the American public with its aerodynamic lines. It was restored while at a Paris museum and then given another resto by a subsequent owner. Just over $65k seems a fair price for such a classy car.
$14,800 BONHAMS, PARIS This cute-as-a-button Dauphine has sat in a Dutch museum for almost 30 years and is partly restored. With a Monte Carlo Rally win on its CV, the Dauphine was a capable little competition car and this one is Mille Miglia eligible. There can’t be many cheaper ways to tick that one off the bucket list. Either way, this represents real value for an individual and usable classic.
$51M ARTCURIAL, PARIS No racing car has ever been auctioned for more than the $50.55m this stunning 335 Sport Scaglietti raised in Paris.
Driven by Stirling Moss, Wolfgang von Trips and Mike Hawthorn amongst others, it won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix and came second in the Mille the previous year, also being campaigned at Sebring and Le Mans. Bella.
$31,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE On the face of it, a real bargain. But if you were the last man standing at the Shannons auction, this Esprit purchase would still have to go down as a brave buy. A lot can go wrong with Esprits and sourcing parts and expertise can be tricky. That said, it’s still a thing of beauty that would paint a huge grin on your face every time you opened the garage door.