The mythical circuit of the 24 Hours of le Mans is open from 6 to 8 July Le Mans Classic, a must-see summer collectors and enthusiasts of motor racing. Among the events reflecting the 9th edition of the auction, organised on 7 July by Artcurial Motorcars, has hundreds of models, some of which are part of the legends of the automobile. Here is a selection.
1969 – Ferrari Daytona Group 4, ranked 5th in the 24 Hours of le Mans in 1971
Announced to be between 6.5 and 7.5 million euros, this rare Ferrari Daytona Group 4, with its block original engine, is wreathed in a beautiful, sporting achievements, giving it a unique character. This is the second prototype of the 365 GTB/4 Group 4, which préluda to the development of 15 models out of the factory. Acquired in June 1971, by Luigi Chinetti, the importer of the brand in the United States, it is delivered straight on the 24 Hours circuit. Driven by Coco Chinetti and Bob Grossman, she crosses the finish line in fifth position and won the victory energy, with a consumption of 40 litres per 100 kilometres. Engaged thereafter in various competitions in the United States, it is now eligible for many historic racing events.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Estimate Of 6.5/€ 7.5 Million.
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1963 – Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
With a top speed of about 230 km/hour, this Roadster look as muscular as the coupe, “butterfly”, has attracted a clientele more keen on grand touring than sports performance. “Because of its driving characteristics, driveability, and style of rare elegance, insensitive to the passage of time, the 300 SL Roadster sees its rating will strengthen constantly,” stresses Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars. On a total production of 1858 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadsters delivered between 1957 and 1964, this copy, released in 1963, is the ultimate version, the most accomplished, with its disc brakes and its engine block in aluminum. A rare thing, that model, the estimate reaches 1.5 to 2 million euros (without reserve price) has traveled only 1 372 kilometres since leaving the factory. Remained ‘new stock’, without the slightest trace of wear or corrosion, the 300 SL, however, has not been driven since 1972 and therefore demands a complete overhaul.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – 1,5/€ 2.5 Million and a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – 1/1,5 M€.
1956 – Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
Born of the race car, the incredible Mercedes 300 SL “Butterfly” has the characteristic of going from 0 to 100 km/hour in less than nine seconds. Far from being a fantasy aesthetic, the introduction of its famous doors, “Butterfly” is linked to the very structure of his frame, amount very high on the sides. Estimated 1 to 1.5 million euros (without reserve price), this copy, with a body and a white leather interior in black, came out of the factory in July 1956. First delivered in Portugal, then in 1968 on Swedish soil, where its owner, the collector Gunnar Giermark, used regularly until 1973. Stored since then in the shelter of the bad weather, this Butterfly requires a re-route complete, which will allow its future owner to ride in a model remained in its original state.
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the 1973 – Porsche 911 Carrera
The anniversary of 70 years of the brand will be celebrated this year with the organization of a race bringing together 70 Porsche history. Side of the sales, Artcurial presents the 911 Carrera of 1973, an estimated 500 000 to 700 000 euros.
the first 911 to bear the name “Carrera”, in reference to the mythical race of mexico, the “Carrera Panamericana”, this 2.7 L RS 1973, is part of the 1 580 copies made. With the option béquet “tail of the duck”, a symbol of the RS models, this copy has just been thoroughly restored in Tirelli Motorsport in Turin. Repainted in its original color of “Tangerine”, this Porsche still holds its upholstery in leather black, the engine block and gearbox mounted at the factory.
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