World-record auction prices are predicted for this year’s Salon Rétromobile, the classic car show created in 1976 by a group of petrolheads that has become the world’s must-visit automobile enthusiast event. This year’s show takes place at the Porte de Versailles convention centre in Paris on February 8-12, with over a 100 marques represented from Alvis to Zagato via Bentley, Ferrari and Porsche, with car-related artworks also on sale.
The official Artcurial Motorcars Auction takes place on February 10, under the hammer of Hervé Poulain. Look out for a birch-grey, red interior 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster (estimate €90,000-€120,000) and a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet (€80,000-€120,000) that belonged to Albert Uderzo, the creator of Astérix.
France’s premier rock ’n’ roll icon Johnny Hallyday is donating two cars from his private collection to raise money for La Bonne Etoile, his wife Laeticia’s children’s charity. The Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet that features on the cover of Hallyday’s 2012 album L’Attente has an estimate of €50,000, while his Harley-Davidson Softail Springer has an estimate of €20,000.
The “Automobilia” part of the show on February 11 includes historical mascots, posters, paintings, sculptures and spare parts. The February 10 auction will feature eight awesome automobiles from Hervé and Martine Ogliastro’s collection, including the handsome yellow and black 1935 Bugatti 57 Atalante Découvrable (€1m-€1.5m). One of only six made, it was designed by Jean Bugatti and exhibited on the Bugatti stand at the 1935 Paris Motor Show. Also for sale is a bright blue 1936 Delahaye Competition Roadster (€1.2m- €1.8m) that the Ogliastros acquired in 1992.
“I am inspired by the stories of my cars and the lives they have lived,” says Hervé Ogliastro, a racing driver and former organiser of Salon Rétromobile. The next owners will continue those tales.