The newest haute metal was out in full-force at this year’s Paris auto show, but that couldn’t keep us from wandering into a sizeable section of classic cars on display on the showfloor. Auction house Coys rolled out its best and brightest ahead of its 2016 Mondial de l’Automobile Paris auction, and we picked some of our favorite cars.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa
Clad in the requisite Rosso Corsa red paint, this 1988 Ferrari Testarossa is just as much of a showstopper today as it was when it debuted at the 1984 Paris auto show. Despite the gorgeous presentation and relatively-low 28,500 mile odometer, there isn’t anything particularly notable about this Ferrari. Regardless, the buyer will have a well-kept weekend cruiser that will be welcome at any show, drive, and meet-up. Coys has a pre-sale estimate topping out at $112,000.
1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary
A perfect follow-up to the Testarossa is this Lamborghini Countach, the eternal foil to Ferrari’s famous red-head. The mid-year Countaches are intrinsically rooted in the 1980s, with large wings, blocky body, and slipshod interiors. Horacio Pagani penned the more svelte profile of the 25th Anniversary, which was designed as the transitional model between the oh-so-eighties Countach and the curvaceous Diablo of the 1990s, before he departed to kickstart the eponymous supercar boutique. The interior is nicer than the older models and the razor-sharp strakes on the side give the Anniversary model a wilder appearance than even the QV5000. Coys expects the hammer to fall at a top-end of $409,000.
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II
The well-received Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II was a deliberate departure from the lukewarm Silver Dawn, a car seen as a rebadged Bentley S1. The Silver Cloud still maintained the upright appearance of the previous models, but brought a voluptuous appearance to the sometimes stodgy Rolls lineup. For this very solid driver, bidders can expect to part with around $56,000.
1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III Coupe
Jag fanatics, hide your eyes; this late-production coupe is often considered the black sheep of the E-Type family. The third iteration of Jaguar’s sumptuous E-Type was decked out with ugly government-man dated impact bumpers, and had ballooned up to 3,300 pounds. Still, it remained a handsome car, and the 5.3-liter V-12 engine was a peach. This car is a well-sorted example, with service records and a desirable manual transmission. Pick this V-12 stunner up for a relatively affordable $67,000 estimate.
1963 Cadillac Coupe de Ville Convertible
Alright, enough of these delicate European sports cars. While Ferrari was busy developing high-strung V-12 circuit-burners, Cadillac impressed with cars like this ’63 Coupe de Ville. It was long, imposing, and was packed to the gills with every gadget and feature imaginable during that time period. No buzzy four-cam, race-bred powerplant in this barge; a trusty 6.4-liter (390 ci) V- 8 did the trick. These are relatively commonplace in the U.S., so it’s nice to see some vintage American luxury receiving love overseas. Expect to fork over around $39,000 for the privilege.
1930 Ford Model A Roadster
The Ford Model A is usually hacked, channeled, and chopped to death in the name of hot rodding, so it’s refreshing to find one so unmolested. Nothing too noteworthy about this car, but it’s a clean classic ready for cruise-ins around the world. Coys predicts a sale high of around $56,000.
2002 Renault Clio V6 Phase I
Up until this point, every car featured was initially made available to the global market. The Renault Clio V6 was one of the great forbidden fruits for U.S. enthusiasts, and remains one of the greatest compact performance cars we were never able to sample. Much like the beloved Renault 5 Turbo from the 1980s, the Clio V6 packed a mid-engined powertrain. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine was powerful, producing around 227 hp, enough to scoot the two-seat hatch to 60 mph in a contemporarily-impressive 6.2 seconds. This is considered a Phase I model, before the car was upgraded for the 2003 model year. If it’s street-legal where you live, this car will likely go home with a new owner for an estimated $26,000.
1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750 B
To round it all out, our favorite car from the sale is likely this fabulous Alfa Romeo Giulietta. The 750 is rally-ready, sporting a fantastic chassis and near-perfect styling. No word on what preparations have occurred underneath the sharp-looking skin, but Coys claims it’s a long-time competitor in Italian rallies, so it should be a turn-key competitor straight from the auction floor. Price is estimated at around $67,000.
For more info on these cars and many, many more, check out Coys’ online catalog, and if you want to see more of the cars we saw in person, jump into the image gallery below.