As part of the Le Mans Classic, Artcurial will be organizing an auction of collector cars and motorcycles on July 2, with no less than 137 lots in the automobile section.
Among them, 24 are from the Pierre Héron collection. This engineer by training dates the birth of his love of the automobile to 1948, the year when, aged 14, he visited the Paris Motor Show for the first time.
Created between 1965 and 1973, its collection gives pride of place to Hotchkiss-Grégoire, Talbot-Lago, Delahaye, Salmson and Hispano-Suiza. If most of these cars have modest estimates, it is because they are typically in “barn find” condition, in their juice. However, some are exceptional enough in their rarity to warrant six-figure odds, such as a Talbot-Lago T26 GLS (chassis 111007). Produced in 22 copies, this car which presents an “interesting state of conservation” is estimated between 150,000 and 200,000 €.
Another Talbot-Lago, a Record T26 Cabriolet (chassis 101056) to be finished restoring, is valued at between €80,000 and €140,000. Another interesting lot, the only prototype model of the 1937 Hotchkiss 686 “Paris-Nice” (chassis 62832) should see its auctions between 30,000 and 50,000 €. Other models in this sale include a 1989 Ferrari Testarossa. Comes with original booklet and manuals, it has spent the last 20 years covered in a car park. Its rating is between €70,000 and €110,000. American enthusiasts will turn to a 1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Fastback, which can be expected to flirt with €120,000.
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