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February 4, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Three Most Eclectic Cars From Paris Retromobile Week Auction

In full swing this week is Paris’s Retromobile Week and one of the highlights of that is Wednesday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, an auction which brings a variety of eclectic automobiles. Sure, they may not be as eclectic overseas, but on this side of the pond these makes are rare and even more so worldwide are these vintage models.

1957 Brütsch Mopetta

Shown at the Goodwood Revival in 2006 this three-wheeled 1957 Brütsch Mopetta is a super rare microcar. The manufacturer produced a variety of options, but the Mopetta offered here was limited to just 14 ever being made making this one exceptionally rare. Making it even more desirable is that this has been restored to near original which with the low production run looks to bring between $103,000 – $137,000 for the microcar.

1950 Citroën HY Panelvan

For over 30 years French manufacturer Citroën produced the HY beginning in 1947. This example is an early run 1950 that has been unrestored and is original, including its original Café San Rivo signage. Signage and van which were also seen in Tour de France ads around the same period and accompany the sale of the van. This classic panel van could bring in as much as $29,000 per projections.

1956 Chevrolet Corvette

Well, this one is not like the others and wouldn’t be too shocking at an auction in the U.S., but a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette in Paris?! This Arctic Blue and silver with red interior ‘Vette is the first year of the small-block V8 and following a slick cosmetic redesign. The car saw restoration in 2012 and was then sent overseas and purchased by an owner ins Switzerland who will now be offering the car at the Paris Auction. This American in Paris could hammer between $92,000 – $114,000.

[Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.]

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