Five bids in excess of one million euros and thirteen world records were recorded during the sales, Artcurial organized at Rétromobile in mid-February.
They evoke the freedom, beauty, and pleasure: some of the automobiles of yesterday and the day before yesterday, may appreciate considerably over the years. "Over the long term, the odds of the mythical models, such as the Jaguar E-type or the Porsche 911, follows a curve resolutely bottom-up, notes François Melcion, the organizer of the salon Rétromobile which was held at the beginning of February, in Paris. Even if there is now, after seven to eight years of increases in lightning, a refocusing of the market, with a slight reduction in prices."
Seniority, scarcity and authenticity catapults the price
In the years 1993-1994, a Mercedes 300 SL was trading against 150000 euros. In 2014, his rating is increased to 1200000 euros. In 2017, it has stabilised at around 1138000 euros. In 1994, a Jaguar E-type was 34000 euros. After reaching a peak of 182000 euros in 2015, but odds currently 169000 euros.
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In theory, any vehicle over the age of 30 years, provided that its production has completely stopped, can enter into the category of collection vehicles. But more than seniority, it is above all the rarity and authenticity on which to base the value of these models. Connoisseurs prefer the small series and the specimens remained in their original state, without significant change to the chassis, the braking system or the engine. "Ideally, it is better that the car has retained its patina and... his soul!" summarizes François Melcion.
Another element to consider, the power of attraction of a car increases, its value rises sharply when its history gives it a unique character, because it belonged to a famous character, or that his sporting achievements is impressive.
Bugatti, Delahaye... auction noticed
The number of the stars of the auction conducted by Artcurial Motorcars in the context of Retromobile was an extremely rare Bugatti type 57C coupe Atalante, output in 1938 of the strings from the famous Italian house. Only 34 and similar models have been produced, the last in 1938. This model with its curves and breathtaking won the auction the most successful: 2903200 euros. Its history is known, and we know in particular that it was acquired in 1957 by a young student from geneva, Jean-Louis Fatio, for only 3500 swiss francs... It is true that this "coupe Atalante two-seater" required a few repairs to remedy a problem embiellage.
Another model is remarkable by the elegance of its lines and its rarity, the Delahaye 135 M coach Vanvooren, won 286080 euros. End of the collection Flying, collected by Martin Waltz and dedicated to the cars, dressed in a body Vanvooren, this Delahaye, for which we know only two examples, is the latest to have come out of the workshops, in Courbevoie, in 1950, before the cessation of the activities of this body. At the end of a long work of restoration, which the bill amounted to 175000 euros, she has found his first color, a grey iridescent, forming a superb contrast with the red leather patina to his saddle, kept original.
collectors less fortunate are not forgotten
in Addition to these auctions, and exciting models, most flamboyant, many vehicles remain accessible at a lower cost. During the auction of Artcurial Motorcars, 11920 euros were sufficient to remove a Citroen ID 19 1960. Stored in a beautiful original condition, it had only 38000 miles on the odometer.
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To meet the expectations of fans who are less fortunate, who represent the vast majority of collectors, a sector dedicated to models worth of less than 25000 euros has been opened this year. A first.