What better way of starting another year of motoring extravagance with a big fat luxury car auction? Thanks to RM Sotheby’s, they’ve set the date for their next bidding contest in the Paris at the Place de Vauban.
On the 5th of February, alongside various pieces of modern art and vintage memorabilia, 79 motoring veterans will be under the spotlight as they leave their respective automobile museums and garages of multi-millionaires looking for a new proud owner.
Headlining is a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, owned by racing legend Richard Attwood, the British Racing Green beauty boasts a princely pre-sale estimate of 6 to 6.4 million euros. Apart from that, a few modern legends like a one-of-nine Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and 2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which was once the fastest car in the world. The remaining fleet of motoring royalty consists of cars like Ferraris Porsches, BMWs and Bugattis in both vintage and new limited-edition models.
If you’d like to bid on RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction Lot, you need to be a registered and verified member on their website. While every auction requires a unique bidding registration, they will charge a separate fee depending on the auction or type of auction. As per their rules, you can bid online with only limited bids. But, for those who really want to take these pieces home, it’s always better to be a part of the bidding congregation in the event of getting outbid.
While you register and get necessary logistics in place, take a look at our favorite cars from RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction Lot.
Once owned by LeMans winner Richard Attwood, this D-Type was a true on-track veteran that won Stillwell tons of Australian local competitions. With 7 previous owners who were all revered collectors and drivers in the motoring world, this car is quite literally a preserved relic in racing culture.
Estimated bid: €5,900,000 – €6,400,000
You’ll only see nine of these cars in your life, one of which will be on the auction block at RM Sotheby’s. Lamborghini unveiled the Veneno at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and was perhaps the most outlandish automobile ever produced. The Veneno caused a fanfare when it was unveiled, making Ferrari’s LaFerrari look almost pedestrian in comparison.
Estimated bid: €4,500,000 – €5,500,000
We can’t even compare the Carerra that we see today to this 1964 beaut. It isn’t that great looking, but there’s an odd charm about this automobile that embraces a racing as well as a cross-country free-spirited coupe. Circa 1980, the car was restored and repainted in its original Signal Red and trimmed in cream leather.
Estimated bid: €1,600,000 – €1,800,000
While only 48 of these were ever built, this was Bugatti’s magnum opus in 2012. At the time, it was said to be the fastest production car in the world. However, to keep it safe for the streets, it was locked at 413-kmph. Which is still unsafe, but well. This model was also the very first Bugatti Veyron to reach Germany.
Estimated bid: €1,200,000 – €1,800,000
It may not be the priciest of the bunch but it’s definitely captivating. This cool limo was first sighted at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show and was revered for featuring a hydraulic system that powered nearly everything in the car, including a self-levelling air suspension. One of the rarest versions was the 600 Pullman, a limousine that was built in a modest quantity of 428 examples.
Estimated bid: €150,000 – €200,000
Registration is currently open for the RM Sotheby’s Paris auction and will close on February 5th, the date of the auction.
All images: Courtesy RM Sotheby’s