The 2016 Retromobile Salon by Artcurial Motorcars will be under way in a few hours (February 5, 3:00PM CET). The annual event – in its 41st edition – takes place in Paris, France and is considered as one of the premiere auctions for collector’s cars on the planet. For those who want to participate but can’t make it to the venue, can place remote bids online through Invaluable.com. Feel free to look around the site at all the collectibles they have to offer, in addition to this exciting auction.Last year with help from classics belonging to the Baillon Collection, the auction realised US$ 52 million of sales, making it the largest collector car auction ever to be held in Continental Europe. During the proceedings, a 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider alone went for a whopping US$ 18.5 million, making it the costliest car to go under the hammer in the 2014/15 season.
For the 2016 Retromobile Salon, Artcurial Motorcars will bring 172 automobiles to the highly-anticipated event. This year is looking like another record breaker with several prized and unique cars going up for sale. Two models are expected to be highly sought after, raking in the highest bid amounts.
Chief among them is the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti (Lot 170) bearing chassis #0674 from the impressive Ferrari collection of industrialist Pierre Bardinon. This model is one of the most iconic models in the history of motor racing and has been with the collector for more than 40 years, in mint condition. Initially, this car was powered by a 3.8-litre V12 engine producing 360 bhp. This was later upgraded to 4.1-litres from the factory increasing output to 400 bhp with an achievable top speed of 300 km/h. Chassis no 0674 was same car that broke the lap record for average lap speed at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours with a speed of 203.015 km/h on the 30th lap, it did not complete the race though and retired in the 5th hour with mechanical problems. The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti also came second in the 1957 Mille Miglia and won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix being driven by Masten Gregory and F1 champ Stirling Moss. This model is almost certain to become the most expensive car in the world with bids starting from US$ 313,51,472.
Lot 138 will be occupied by another classic beauty – a 1963 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta. Coming from the Antoine Midy collection this car has been part of the Swiss collectors garage since 1989. Widely considered by many as one of the most beautiful GT cars, this unit is predicted to fetch around US$ 13 million.
Check out the images of these beauties in the gallery below.