Call for all Francophiles: A curated collection of the crème de la crème of French cars goes under the hammer this month.
The rare classic rides, which will be auctioned by Artcurial from November 4th, were brought together by the French magnate Richard Romagny of Liore Industrie. The enthusiastic car enthusiast has entered the Dakar Rally no fewer than three times and apparently has a deep affinity for the four-wheelers of his home country.
The auction, aptly titled A French Collection, was described by the Paris auction house as “a tribute to French brands and the best of French engineering”. Indeed, Romagny offers rarities from the most famous Gaulish nameplates, including 37 Citroëns, 24 Peugeots and 13 Renaults, to name a few.
There are primarily five copies of the Citroën DS on offer. The sleek luxury sedan, which was unveiled in Paris in 1955, has been called the most beautiful car of all time by a handful of world-famous car designers. Lot 70 in particular shows this effortless French elegance. The immaculate 1961 Citroën DS, sporting a black exterior with a metallic bronze roof and red interior, underwent a full service this January and has only 43,000 miles on the ticker. The stunner is expected to fetch between $ 46,000 and $ 69,500.
The choice among the Peugeots, on the other hand, is a drop-top from 1956. Flawlessly restored, it is the most coveted version of the Peugeot 203 with a very rare French compressor from Constantin highlights the characteristic curves. It is expected to raise between $ 81,000 and $ 104,000.
Renault is also well represented, of course. The highlight is a 1985 Renault Super 5 GT Turbo. As its nickname suggests, the sporty two-door car packed an exciting turbo engine that is well suited for around 113 horses. This particular model was one of the earliest models and is expected to sell between $ 17,400 and $ 28,900.
Romagny even parted ways with some non-French cars. Most notably the 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser, which he drove in the Dakar, and a coveted silver Mercedes-Benz 190 SL from 1959. Both are expected to cost more than 150,000 US dollars (130,000 euros). There are a couple of Cadillacs and Chevvys out there too, just for good measure.
However, you have to act fast to acquire this French collection. The auction ends on November 22nd.
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