More than $60 million worth of classic cars crossed the auction block the first week of February in Paris, at sales hosted by Artcurial, Bonham's and Ontario's own RM Auctions. (Prices before auction fees.)
1965 Aston Martin DB5
1969 Lamborghini Miura S
1936 Delahaye 135 S
1933 Delage D8 S cabriolet Pourtout
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
1947 Delage D6 3-litres Compétition
1934 Hispano Suiza J12 Type 68 berline Vanvooren
1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT
1924 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet Ramseier
1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti
1982 Porsche 956 Group C Sports-Prototype
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Coupé Sportsman Gurney-Nutting
1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
1955 Jaguar D-Type
You’re thinking ‘James Bond’ just looking at the thing, we know, but far from being equipped with rotating licence plates and oil slick outlets, Bonhams says this DB5 is “one of the most original, and well preserved DB5 Astons to survive anywhere in the world.” What makes this one unique is the left-hand drive specification plus the still-working A/C. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)
A French businessman was the original owner of this 1969 Miura; he optioned it in a pretty standard racy red, yes, but also went for a rare natural wild boar skin interior treatment, one of only two to ever find its way into a Miura.
$1.008 million (RM Auctions)
The “Blue Buzz III” is one of just 16 racing Delahaye 135s produced, of which fewer than half remain. This well-restored example was put through dozens of races immediately after its initial purchase by Rene Le Begue. (Photo courtesy RM Auctions)
$1.090 million (Artcurial)
The D8’s name comes from its motor, a four-litre inline-eight. This example of “the Rolls-Royce of French Cars” is one of just 145 made in 1933.
$1.090 million (Artcurial)
This 300 SL “Gullwing” was originally sold in black, but got a silver repaint when it was about 30 years old. The fact it’s matching numbers and came with the original manuals and a set of custom suitcases probably helped the sale price.
$1.288 million (RM Auctions)
This Porsche 904 boasts a rich racing history and was, in fact, the first 904 to hit the U.K. Ex-RAF pilot Richard “Dickie” Stoop competed all over Britain with it, nabbing several top-10 finishes. It’s believed to be the only 904 originally painted Irish Green. (Photo by Simon Clay for RM Auctions)
$1.289 million (Bonhams)
This Delage factory racer is one of five the legendary marque used in post-war Grand Prix competition. Bonhams vouches the car is capable of a good 220 km/h (136 mph), though we’re not sure you’d want to take it there since it is the only example still wearing its period bodywork. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)
$1.308 million (Artcurial)
This Hispano Suiza is, believe it or not, a two-owner car (as well as a record-setting tourer, a museum piece, and a concours d’elegance winner). It last saw a restoration around the early ’70s, but still looks gorgeous.
$1.398 million (Bonhams)
This Aston’s numbers-matching, and one of a small handful of sedans with the marque’s 300-horse GT twin-plug six-cylinders. That’s about all it takes for a classic Aston to reach seven figures, apparently. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)
$1.499 million (Artcurial)
This gorgeous Isotta-Fraschini came fitted with a torpedo-style body when built in 1924, one that was later dismantled and scrapped, swapped out for this cabriolet coachwork by Ramseier. During the re-bodying, the car was changed to black and white, but it was later repainted cream during a restoration in the 1980s.
$1.9 million (Bonhams)
This Bugatti “started life as a four-cylinder Type 37A Grand Prix,” but after the engine blew up twice, it got a 2.3-litre supercharged eight out of one of the other then-owner’s Bugattis, turning it into a 35B. Several other parts were swapped in and out over the years, until in 2007 the car was restored to the specs it’d seen earlier in its (eight-cylindered) life. It was raced shortly after, but is now trimmed for road use. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)
$1.96 million (RM Auctions)
This ’55 Ferrari racer already has several first place finishes under its belt – most of those won with legends like Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill at the helm – but can, if the new owner desires, still add to its pedigree, since it is eligible for vintage racing events like Mille Miglia and the Le Mans Classic, RM notes. (Photo by Tom Wood for RM Auctions)
$2.352 million (RM Auctions)
Racing fans will have heard about Porsche’s legendary finish at the ’82 24 Hours of Le Mans, when the automaker nabbed the first, second and third places—well, this car was that third-placer. The 956 is an absolute legend among Porsche enthusiasts, and this one was piloted by some of the marque’s most well-known drivers. (Photo by Simon Clay for RM Auctions)
$2.589 million (Artcurial)
This ‘31 Bentley has seen plenty of owners, as well as plenty of road use, and Artcurial promised it’s up for still more “long journeys” if that’s what the new owner has in mind. It is also, however, a frequent concours d’elegance winner—might want to have a trailer for it, too.
$2.986 million (Bonhams)
This Ferrari was sold first to an Italian owner, but just two years later would make its way to the US. It then traded hands between several collectors before undergoing a $350,000 restoration in 2013. There’s a good chance it’ll wind up in someone’s collection as an investment piece, sitting idly by accumulating value. (Photo courtesy Bonhams)
$3.969 million (RM Auctions)
The D-Type is undoubtedly the most iconic racing Jaguar, as well as the direct predecessor to the even more iconic E-Type. This particular model was number seven of the total 60 built, and saw plenty of track action in its original owner’s Australia and later abroad. Bib Stillwell nabbed several trophies in the Jag, and also used it for a land-speed record attempt before selling it off. It’s said to be one of the most original examples of the car. (Photo by Simon Clay for RM Auctions)