25 classic cars are invited to Artcurial's Monaco Auction Week, which will be held from 16th to 22nd July in some of Monaco's legendary locations. From the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 to the 300 SL Roadster discovered in Cuba and the Porsche 911 2.8L RSR, Artcurial Motorcars is inviting vintage car enthusiasts to Monaco on 19th July 2021 for a historic auction.
“Sun, sea, casino, palm trees, we promise to take you on a festive Monegasque motoring journey, full of the passion that unites us all! In the midst of an active and dynamic market, we are delighted to present 125 rare and historic vehicles, with attractive estimates, a third of which have no reserve price!”
Matthieu Lamoure Managing Director, Artcurial Motorcars
As always, the Artcurial Motorcars team has discovered a hidden gem: a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that has been stored untouched for the last 42 years! Having used this car for his wedding in 1980, the current owner then tucked it away at the back of his garage, where it has remained ever since. Remarkably, this legendary DB5, delivered new with a rare automatic gearbox, has had just two owners from new, and is one of very few examples of the model to have been conserved in such highly original condition.
Presented in Silver Birch Metallic, identical to the James Bond DB5 that starred on screen, this iconic model from the Newport Pagnell era is also set to turn heads, with its elegant 3 996cc straight-six engine and timeless design by Carrozzeria Touring.
Another fabulous model is a Lamborghini Miura P400, in fact none other than the Miura that belonged to Paul Bouvot. Delivered new in France on 30 March 1968 and registered 8 US 75, this white Miura with black interior, chassis #3333 and engine number 1666, joined the collection of the designer and artist Paul Bouvot in 1969. A genuine enthusiast, he joined the design studio at Peugeot in 1956. Between the design of two Peugeots and after selling his Ferrari 250 California SWB (ex-Baillon, also sold by Artcurial in 2015), Paul Bouvot acquired a Lamborghini Miura, the iconic model designed by ultra-talented Marcello Gandini for Bertone.
The Miura was a stroke of genius in the fiercely contested « style war » between Bertone and Pininfarina. Aware of the provocation, given the close collaboration between Peugeot and Pininfarina, Paul Bouvot’s white Miura could often be seen parked between his colleagues’ Peugeots in the courtyard of the headquarters at Avenue de la Grande Armée in Paris. This car was later preserved carefully in South-West France, before joining the collection of the current owner in 2009.
The splendid Mercedes 300 SL Roadster on offer left the factory in 1957 and was delivered new to Cuba, in the midst of a revolution! Before the revolution, it was common for cars to be imported into Cuba and there were many organised race events there. It was not until the 1980s that Colin Crabbe discovered two Mercedes 300 SLs that had remained in Cuba, forgotten for decades. He took them to England and the subsequent owner of the more complete of the pair, the car on offer, set about a long and ambitious restoration of the car during the 1990s. According to a specialist of the model, the number of Roadsters built with factory-fitted Rudge wheels, like our example, was between 19 and 25, making this very rare. This magnificent Mercedes 300 SL Roadster still has some secrets to reveal. There are parts of its early life that remain a mystery still to be solved….with a rumour that the car once belonged to Raul Castro.
Over the years, Porsche has been responsible for some truly exceptional models suitable for both road and track. Highlights in the sale illustrating this include a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS, one of just 15 delivered in aubergine, along with some rare and desirable competition Porsche.
Coming from a major Italian collection is a lovely Porsche 911 2.5 ST, modified and race-prepared in 1972 from a 1969 2-litre 911S. The car has great racing provenance, having taken part in period in the Targa Florio and the Giro d’Italia Automobilistico. It comes with full history and has been meticulously restored, to original specification and 911 ST and 911 Carrera RS/RSR FIA homologation.
The RSR is an exceptional race car that can be enjoyed on both road or track. The 1973 Porsche 2.8L RSR in the sale, one of 49 examples of which just two were delivered in black, was sold new to the US. The same year it finished an impressive 6th place at Lime Rock driven by endurance and F1 driver Peter Revson. This very rare 2.8 RSR is fully restored and presented in its factory configuration.
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Exhibition in Monaco
16 July, 2pm-5:30pm (by appointment only)
17 July, 10am-5:30pm
18 July, 10am-5:30pm
19 July, 2pm-2:00pm
Collection de Voitures de S.A.S le Prince de Monaco
Les Terrasses de Fontvieille - 98000 Monaco
Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille
5 avenue des Ligures - 98000 Monaco
Auction in Monaco
19 July 2021, 4:00pm
Hôtel Hermitage, Salle Eiffel Monte-Carlo
Tél. +33 1 42 99 20 73