Rétromobile is taking place this week, and alongside it, so is Artcurial’s annual Rétromobile auction. After a few date changes due to COVID-19, this year’s event is presenting 170 cars and 30 motorcycles for sale at the Porte de Versailles Paris Expo. The event runs Wednesday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19, with the auction itself running on Friday and Saturday, starting at 3 pm each day.
Among this year’s star lots are an ex-works 1968 Porsche 907 from the Ernst Schuster Collection. It’s coming to sale after 40 years in that collection, and is said to be one of the most authentic 907s out there. This car, s/n 907-031, did battle at the 1968 Nurburgring 1000km with the Ickx/Hawkins GT40, and finished fourth behind two other Porsches (a 908 and 907) and that GT40. After that, the car continued to race with a Spanish team for a time, and then passed to several other owners, all of which is documented.
Now restored, this is the second to last of the 21 examples built, and comes with weighing records from the 1970, 1971 and 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans among its racing and ownership documentation. It’s estimated at €4,000,000 to €6,000,000 ($4.4m to $6.6m)
In addition, Artcurial is also offering a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0 from the Schuster Collection, also with Le Mans race history among its many achievements, and with period drivers on file including Neuhaus, Stommelen, Barth, Fitzpatrick and Hezemans. This is among the last of the RSRs that took the world by storm ahead of the 934s and 935 Turbos, with numerous Group 4 wins as well as IMSA and Trans Am championships here in the US. The car on offer here, s/n 9077, was sold new to the Gelo Racing Team, and has been in the Schuster Collection for 40 years. It’s estimated at €1,800,000 to €2,400,000 ($1.98m to $2.6m)
Naturally, Artcurial has a number of rare and significant lots on offer alongside these two Porsches, including a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tonda, a 1926 Bugatti Type 37A, a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe replica, a 1970 Citroën SM Prototype, a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, a 1994 Venturi 600 LM, a 1991 Ford RS200 and a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II.