Ultra-rare Fiat 8V to be the star of Champs-Elysees auction in Paris
The 15th edition of Artcurial's "Automobiles sur les Champs" auction will feature more than 100 rare vehicles, foremost among which is a 1953 Fiat 8V Rapi Berlinetta, estimated to go for a cool 1.1 to 1.3 million euros (R17.9m-R21.2m).
A total of 117 sweet rides (70 cars and 47 motorcycles) will be put up for auction, with the belle of the ball the Fiat. Only 34 of the highly specific model were produced in its first-series Rapi version. The one offered for sale is in perfect working order and eligible to participate in the main collector-car races. Its high price is due to the fact that its interior, complete with dashboard, is in its original condition, as is its engine.
Another rare model is also likely to be a hot item: a 1924 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia two-seater, which was the first of the brand's cars equipped with a four valves per cylinder. Experts have estimated the car's going price to be between 550,000 and 650,000 euros (R8.9m-R10.6m).
A number of collections will be featured during the sale, including Raymond Jeannot's four iconic Ferraris (a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, a 1976 308 GTB Vetroresina 1976, a 1984 400i and a 2000 456M GTA, all designed by Pininfarina), as well as another owned by an enthusiast from Monaco featuring a dozen cars (including a 1961 250 GTE Series 1 Ferrari).
Motorcycles will be represented by historical models which are expected to go from 1,000 euros (R16,309) for a 1967 Benelli Sport Leoncino, all the way to 30,000 euros (R490,000) for a Zündapp K800 with sidecar.
All the cars put up for auction at "Automobiles sur les Champs" will be shown in Artcurial's private garage at 59 avenue Montaigne in Paris, on October 26 and 27.
"Automobiles sur les champs" takes place on 27 October, 2019 in Paris. See artcurial.com
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