February 7, 2023

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Geared for the Automotive Life

2023 Paris Auction to be RM Sotheby’s Largest Ever

Image: Motorcar Studios ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

A total of 98 lots — 87 of which will be pristine collector vehicles — are set to cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s biggest ever Paris sale on February 1. Taking place in an all-new venue — Les Salles du Carrousel — the 2023 event marks RM Sotheby’s tenth anniversary auction in the City of Lights. The docket is packed with stunning cars, including six Lamborghinis, 14 Ferraris and some heavy-hitting Bugattis.

Image: Neil Fraser ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Representing the raging bull are two examples of the iconic Miura — a 1969 Lamborghini Miura S “Jota Specification” and a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S. In addition, there will also be three iterations of everyone’s favorite wedge-shaped supercar, the Countach. Leading the trio is a 1977 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopio” that was delivered new to singer Rod Stewart. Retained by Stewart for 25 years, he had the Countach reworked into a targa-style configuration and fitted with a wide-body kit, both of which remained while in the hands of the car’s second owner. Purchased by its third caretaker in 2013, the Lamborghini was returned to original spec.

Headlining the dozen-plus cars featuring a Prancing Horse badge is a 2003 Ferrari Enzo finished in menacing Nero over a Pelle Nera interior. The Enzo has covered some 17,474 kilometers and was certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2009. Also certified and accompanied by its Red Book is a matching-numbers 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with a Grigio Argento exterior over Pelle Nera leather interior that was fully restored between 2012 and 2016.

Giving the 275 GTB/4 a run for its money in the beauty department, RM Sotheby’s Paris will also feature a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso. A German delivery example, the GT/L was shown at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show prior to being dispatched to Auto Becker GmbH. Sporting the correct shade of Pino Verde Metallizzato it left the factory with, the 250 Lusso was in the process of being Classiche Certified at the time of cataloging by RM Sotheby’s.

Image: Kevin Van Campenhout ©2022 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Crossing the auction block in their home country of France, the Bugatti models up-for-grabs include a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster in the style of Jean Bugatti and a Lavocat et Marsaud-bodied 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Roadster. The two Pre-War masterpieces are joined by their contemporary brethren in the form of a 2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport and a 2022 Bugatti Chiron Profilée.

While the Paris docket is too packed with star cars to list them all here, a few of the many other highlights are a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, 1967 Toyota 2000GT and a 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C. As well as a 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta by Touring and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

View the catalog here.

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