An intense program has been announced for a Retromobile show with an impressive display: an exhibition on the French brands and their drivers that shone at the 24 hours of Le Mans, another dedicated to the technologies used for the first time during the fictitious event and another exhibition dedicated to a brand of motorcycles. And of course, a wonderful auction.
Ferrari 250 LM: the star
The 250 LM represents a true legend in the history of international Motorsport, as the model will be the last Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965, in the hands of Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt.
Rarer and more exclusive than a 250 GTO, this Ferrari 250 LM, #5901, is the 10th of 32 examples to leave the Maranello factory. Chassis 5901 was entered by NART as a reserve car at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966.
It is one of the two 250 LMs that never experienced the horrors of competition, which allowed it to retain all its original elements (chassis, engine, gearbox, bodywork).
If its estimate is not officially announced, we can expect the price to approach – or even exceed – 10 million euros…
Bugatti 57 Atalante: the myth
Built in 1936 in Ettore Bugatti’s workshops in Molsheim, this Bugatti 57 Atalante is one of four examples fitted with the original factory sunroof.
In the history of Bugatti, the 57 Atalante is a true myth and this example is one of the few that has a traceable history, and still retains its original chassis and bodywork. The auction house’s estimate is between 2 and 3 million euros, if bidders don’t burn…
Made individually and by hand, the Bugatti 57 appeared in 1934, the last one created before the Second World War. The first engine will develop 130 hp, which is already big and allows 155 km / h. The S version, which appeared in 1936, was lowered and had a reduced wheelbase. The engine is from 130 to 170 hp.
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso: beauty
Less exclusive than the Ferrari 250 GTO, the 250 GT presented for sale dates, like the 250 LM, from 1964. It has all its original elements with serial numbers corresponding to its departure from Maranello workshops (matching numbers ): this is Ferrari Classiche certified and comes from an important collection of a Dutch driver.
“Lusso” is built to be as desirable as possible with a perfect design. The chassis adopts Ferrari’s fetish wheelbase, 2400 mm, and is very similar to the GTO, sharing with it the mechanical elements and the truncated rear.
It is estimated between 1.5 and 1.8 million euros.
Lamborghini LP 400 Countach: the beast
This rare garage door opener is one of the very first models produced in 1974 as it bears the production number 9. It is the first Countach delivered new to France by Etablissements Thépenier.
The model has a 3929 cc V12 engine that generates 375 hp and the Countach will be the fastest Lamborghini in 10 years. It was built in 158 copies.
In an exceptional state of preservation, its original interior is superb. This vehicle is “matching numbers” and now shows 87,558 km. It is estimated to be between €800,000 and €1.2 million.