Automobiles Sur Les Champs By Artcurial Motorcars

The 14th edition of the Automobiles sur les Champs auction sale organised by Artcurial Motorcars will take place on 4 November at 16h with a selection of 78 vehicles presented for sale.

The catalogue is now online here.

There will be an exciting array of lots coming under Maitre Poulain’s hammer, ranging from the superb 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster, in the same collector’s hands for the last 45 years, to the rare 1937 BMW 328 Roadster, and the iconic 1972 Volkswagen Beetle 1302 LS Cabriolet (ex-Sylvie Vartan).

There will also be a magnificent collection of four Facel Vega :

  • 1962 Facel II – Estimate : 180 000 – 280 000 €
  • 1961 Facel HK500 (HK1) – Estimate : 90 000 – 130 000 €
  • 1964 Facel III Cabriolet – Estimate : 35 000 – 50 000 €
  • 1964 Facel III Coupé 4 places – Estimate : 25 000 – 40 000 €



Estimate : 900.000 – 1.100.000 € – One of the first 30 Roadsters built

This Mercedes 300 SL has had a very special past, having started its life in royal hands. It was delivered on 27 June 1957 to Casablanca, in Morocco. Collected by the Mercedes-Benz agent Joseph F. Weckerle, a renowned racing driver, the car was then prepared for its first owner, Crown Prince SAR Moulay Hassan, who became King Hassan II of Morocco in 1961.

An amusing episode occurred in 1987. Several well-known drivers, including five-times F1 World Champion Juan-Manuel Fangio, were invited to an « international parade of old vehicles » organised in Tangiers. When he arrived at the airport, Fangio had the choice of several cars to take him to Tangiers, and amongst the Bugatti and Alfa Romeo, was our Mercedes 300SL. Turning to the organisers, he exclaimed : « I’m a Mercedes importer in Argentina, so it has to be the 300SL ! » And this is how the car in the sale came to be used for two days by one of the most famous and titled drivers in the world.



1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2

Estimate : 200.000 – 250.000 €

The model presented was delivered new to Portugal on 30 June 1969 in its current colour combination. The car was kept by its first owner until the end of the 1990s, and has had just two Dutch owners since then. With matching numbers, it comes with all the original documentation.





Estimate : 180.000 – 260.000 €

Appearing at the end of 1962, the DS 19 « Palm Beach » cabriolet was one of Henri Chapron’s most successful models. Just 32 examples of this elegant convertible were built, and this example, in well conserved condition, comes with known history.




1939 BMW 327/28 CABRIOLET

Estimate : 220.000 – 260.000 €

The BMW 327/28 Cabriolet offered is a beautiful example of a rare model, being one of just 482 examples produced. It is presented in lovely condition, having been mechanically restored by its current owner, who has also had it returned to its original colour scheme.




1976 Lamborghini Urraco P300

Estimate : 90 000 – 110 000 €

With the launch of the P300 version in 1975, the Urraco became a mechanical masterpiece, as well as an aesthetic work of art. Clearly superior to the P250, the P300 retained the advanced design, while adopting a new V8 4-cam 3-litre engine that produced 265 bhp at 7800 rpm. It was a rare car, with just 205 examples built. This three-owner Urraco, one of six lots from an important Bavarian collection, is in exceptionally original condition, with the original metallic blue paintwork and well preserved leather and fabric interior reflecting the mileage of 38 600 km on the odometer. Maintained in good running order, this Urraco, in the most desirable version, is likely to be the best conserved and most original on the market.


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Photos by Artcurial / Moritz Hoffmann

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