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Our Picks from Bonhams’ Upcoming 2017 Paris Sale

A field of rare pre-war metal

As Bonhams ramps up for its Paris sale early next year, the renowned auction house released a preview of the cars going across the block. The selection is unsurprisingly eclectic, featuring four-wheeled darlings from all walks of the industry. Here are a few of our favorites from the upcoming Grand Palais show.

1935 Aston Martin Ulster

Bonhams hasn’t provided much advance info for its auction lots, but we’re excited to see what this 1930s open-wheeled Aston will claim when the hammer falls. This is Ulster “CML 719,” the car that took home a respectable fifth-place finish at the 1935 24 Hours of Le Mans. Due to the impressive provenance, its predicted to claim upwards of $1.9 million.

1934 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spider

In a brief description provided, this is apparently a “lost” design from Zagato, making it one of the finest replicas we’ve seen. Park it next to the 1935 Aston for a pre-sale estimate of $780,000.

1923 Bugatti Type 27 Brescia Torpedo

Not all pre-war Bugattis were intricate feats of engineering, and this 1923 Bug proves it. Early on, most cars emerging from the French automaker were simple, stripped-down sports cars. Look for a price tag reaching up to $560,000 for this vintage Bugatti.

1985 Audi Sport Quattro

Rounding out the glut of pre-war metal is the stunning Audi Sport Quattro. Just 164 of these rally-born homologation specials were ever produced, and its just about the most desirable post-war Audi (Auto Union) ever created. Bonhams predicts the Quattro will find a new home for around $420,000.

Affordable Offerings

If these are too rich for your blood, the sale also features a handful of affordable cars. A large number of aged four-door luxury barges have hit the bottom of the depreciation curve, and can now be had for a fraction of their original purchase price. Bonhams expects a 1984 Maserati Quattroporte III to sell for around $30,000, alongside a fantastic 1990 Bentley Turbo R for the same price.

For those with permanently windblown hair, our first  drop-top pick is the gorgeous 1962 Facel Vega Facellia F2, carrying a pre-sale estimate of around $42,000.

 

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