a rare auction in Paris

RM Sotheby’s is organizing an auction on February 1, 2023 at the Salle du Carrousel at 99 rue de Rivoli in Paris. It is a major event because the lots are simply exceptional, with several hypercars from the past and present, as well as models from the world of motorsport.

This sale will celebrate its 10th anniversary on February 1. Here’s an overview of the models present:

Bugatti Chiron Streamline

Despite production being limited to 500 copies, the Bugatti Chiron has many variations. There’s the Chiron Sport, the Chiron Super Sport 300 Plus and the Chiron Pur Sport. A final version, just as unique but less well-known, exists: the Chiron Profilée, a unique model produced by the company from Molsheim.

Engineers have developed a new version of the Chiron to fill a gap in their range. It’s a model more focused on grand touring and less radical than the Chiron Pur Sport. The Bugatti Chiron Profilée combines the very elegant design of a “basic” Chiron with the driving characteristics of a Chiron Pur Sport. Equipped with the mythical W16 engine, the Chiron Profilée can reach an electronically limited speed of 380 km/h. It is capable, thanks to its 1500 horsepower, of 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 5.5 seconds and 0 to 300 km/h in 12.4 seconds.

This unique copy, which is available for sale, has traveled only 396 km, which corresponds to the test mileage carried out by the brand on all its products to ensure that there are no defects. It is estimated between 4.2 and 5.5 million euros.

McLaren Senna LM

This hypercar, derived from the production Senna, passed through the hands of the MSO (McLaren Special Operation) department, which made several changes. In addition to receiving engine changes, the Senna LM receives specific vented front fenders and LM markings inserted directly into the carbon fiber weave. These markings are present on the fin tips as well as on the rear fenders. Four OZ five-spoke center nut rims referencing the F1 GTR were installed on the car.

As surprising as it may seem, the Senna LM is homologated for the road, it is the perfect compromise between a standard Senna and a Senna GTR, destined for the track. The 4.4 L twin-turbo V8 it carries generates 814 hp, 25 more than the “base” Senna. McLaren hasn’t released any performance numbers for the car though, but it should definitely be higher performing than the production version.

The copy offered for sale has only 43 km on the odometer. The McLaren Senna LM was produced in only 20 copies. It is also one of the seven copies of Orange Papaye. It is estimated between 1.4 and 1.6 million euros.

Ferrari Enzo

Every time a Ferrari Enzo is brought back on the market, it’s an event. Created in honor of Commandatore Enzo Ferrari, the Ferrari Enzo was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 2002. Like the F40, the Enzo pushed the boundaries of road-ready sports car performance of its time. Designed in collaboration with Pininfarina, it remains strikingly beautiful today. The Enzo had a 5998 cc V12 engine delivering 660 hp, making this model one of the most powerful of its time, but also one of the most expensive.

This copy was intended for the French market, delivered by Charles Pozzi. With only 17,474 km on the clock, this Ferrari Enzo has its original black color with a black “Pelle Nera” interior. The real plus of this mythical car is its Red Book which is actually a certificate of authenticity made by the Ferrari Classiche department, confirming that the car has all its original elements.

This copy is estimated between 3.8 and 4.2 million euros.

McLaren Speedtail

After the Senna LM’s homage to the F1 LM, here comes McLaren’s modern reinterpretation, of its legendary McLaren F1. Named the Speedtail, it was, like the F1 of its era, the brand’s fastest passenger car. Thanks to its 4.0 L biturbo V8 engine but also to its electric motor, the McLaren Speedtail generates a total of 1070 hp. The car can reach 403 km/h and does 0 to 300 km/h in just 12.8 seconds, that’s three tenths less than a “basic” Bugatti Chiron in the same exercise.

Like the F1, the Speedtail is a three-seater, and these engines are embedded in a more elegant envelope with its thin, elongated body. The latter incorporates a revolutionary active aerodynamic system with deformable carbon fiber fins. The painting of this copy is very specific, carried out by MSO, the front face is in green “XP Green” changing to black on the back.

Since this McLaren Speedtail has only 114 km on the odometer, it is therefore considered new. Made in only 106 copies, the one for sale is chassis number 30. It is estimated between 2.2 and 2.6 million euros.

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

The Ferrari 275 has been, for several years now, the star of the auctions along with its sister, the 250. Although not rated as highly as the 250 and especially the 250 GTO, the 275 is remains a very desirable model. Built to supply the racing team, Ferrari’s touring cars of this era were neither more nor less than race cars to which the brand added turn signals.

The 275 GTB is part of a great line of V12-engined Ferrari GTs, just as at home on the track as it is on major Italian highways. This copy has a gray “Grigio Argento” cloth and a “Black Conolly Pelle Nera” leather interior. This 275 underwent a complete restoration carried out between 2012 and 2016. Like the Enzo, this 275 GTB is given its “Red Book” and its Ferrari Classiche certification.

Between 1966 and 1968, only 330 examples of the 275 GTB/4 were built. The copy sold this February 1 is estimated between 3.1 and 3.3 million euros.

A rare sale

A total of 98 lots will be auctioned during this sale. We can also mention the Ferrari F40, the Porsche 904 GTS, the Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, the Ferrari 250 GT/L, the Mercedes 300 SL Roadster, the Lamborghini Miura P400 S, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport or the Alfa Romeo Giulia Zagato, all of which will be offered for sale.

An extraordinary sale that promises many twists and turns.

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