Christie's at Rétromobile 2006

Christie's now customary Sale at Rétromobile Paris in February is beginning to to take shape. The 2006 event will include some desirable cars from 'Les Grandes Marques', such as this 1955 Bentley R Type Continental.

Estimated at EURO 160.000 - 220.000, the Bentley has become one of those 'must-have' cars in recent years, aided no doubt by the wonderful Alfred Dunhill sponsored day at Silverstone in 2002 and the 'magnum opus' on the subject published by Palawan at the end of 2003.

Other entries include the ex-Sir Peter Ustinov 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 DHC, estimated at EURO 75.000 - 125.000, and the ex-Elio de Angelis and Bruno Giacomelli 1979 BMW M1 Procar, estimate EURO 285.000 - 345.000. The former looks a nice car in its right (not to mention its one-time ownership by the creator of the "The Grand Prix of Gibraltar!", and serious motoring enthusiast to boot), while the latter is a car from the era when GP drivers were not only real Men (despite the long hair and unfeasibly tight jeans) but also real Racers, as they competed in the fender-bashing Procar races to support the main events as well. A great car from a forgotten era that can be entered in some nice events now too. Le Mans Classic anyone?

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 DHC - Est. EURO 75.000 - 125.000

1979 BMW M1 Procar - Est. EURO 285.000 - 345.000

Other entries include:
  • 1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Estimate EURO 160.000 - 220.000
  • 1925 Minerva Roadster by Erdmann & Rossi Estimate EURO 300.000 - 350.000
  • 1933 Lagonda Tourer Estimate EURO 100.000 - 140.000
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP Landaulette Estimate EURO 80.000 - 100.000
  • The 1953 African Rallye winner Fiat 1900 'Kontiki' Rallye car Estimate EURO 40.000 - 60.000
  • The ex-Gunter Sachs 1974 MV Agusta Sport America Estimate EURO 15.000 - 25.000
  • Christie’s will also be offering a 1958 FSO Warzsawa, first owned by Karol Jozef Wojtyla, His Holiness Pope John Paul II. The car which was ordered by Wojtyla new is in complete original and unrestored condition and will be offered without reserve. Wojtyla, as bishop of Krakow ordered it in the early fifties, complete paperwork in his name comes with the car. Today the car will be offered the first time publicly at auction for sale from a private collection, (estimate EURO 5.000-15.000)

    1950 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Est. EURO 160.000 - 220.000

    ex-Gunter Sachs 1974 MV Agusta Sport America Est. EURO 15.000 - 25.000

    Further details to come nearer the time.

    The auction will be held at the Salon Rétromobile, Paris on Saturday 11th February 2006.

    Christie's International Motor Cars Ltd
    The Jack Barclay Showroom
    2-4 Ponton Rd
    Nine Elms
    London SW8 5BA

    Tel: + 44(0)20 7389 2851
    Fax: + 44(0)20 7627 8917

    Text - Steve Wakefield
    Photos - Christie's

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