In the upcoming edition of the Automobiles sur les Champs sale on 24 October, Artcurial Motorcars will celebrate the art of rallying with three special cars that have played an important part in the history of this discipline.
Barn-find enthusiasts will be delighted to discorver a 1903 De Dion Bouton, rebodied in the 1910s and unearthed from its lair where it had been parked since 1968. 53 years later it has emerged into the light once more, in exceptionally well-preserved condition.
Lovers of the British marque Aston Martin will appreciate two rare models on offer in the sale. The first is a Vanquish Zagato, one of just 99 coupés in the 325 Vanquish Zagato Concept series unveiled at the Villa d’Este concours in 2016, in a limited edition and with a particularly rare spec: « Rosso Corsa ». The second Aston in the collection is a Vantage GT8, one of 150 examples of the special limited edition inspired by the GT2 and GTE competition models developed by Aston Martin Racing to take part in the World Endurance Championship.
The double chevron marque will be represented with no less than nine cars, including a 5HP Trèfle, a Méhari, a DS and a traction 11BL... Having previously achieved record prices for a selection of rally cars from the Manoir de l’Automobile de Lohéac collection, the Artcurial Motorcars team is honoured to present the last two Group B cars from the collection, sourced in the 1980s by Michel Hommell and Olivier Quesnel, and preserved since then in original condition. The museum has taken the decision to part with these cars in order to dedicate a larger section to the rallycross cars that have been integral to the history of Lohéac.
After having previously sold the two Mercedes Benz 600s that belonged to Maria Callas, the sale will present two further examples of the limousine that enjoyed the longest production run of any Mercedes model. One was sold new to the Aga Khan and the other to Jean-Louis Trintignant, who was also nephew of the famous driver Maurice Trintignant, the first to win a Grand Prix in the Formula 1 World Championship.
Finally, as part of the sale of the famous designer Kenzo Takada's belongings, his personal car, a 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, will also be one of the highlight of the sale.