The Volante Collection

This historically significant collection includes nine rare vehicles from different marques bodied by renowned luxury French coachbuilder Vanvooren.

This is the largest collection of Vanvooren cars in the world, and it is believed only 150 examples of the coachbuilder’s distinctive creations are still in existence. Vanvooren was the coachbuilder of choice for many luxury marques during the 1930s, and patented an innovative ‘Silent Travel’ system using lightweight metal-panelled flexible bodies with silentbloc mountings.

The Vanvooren collection comprises:

1898 Vanvooren Gig
Estimate : 15 000 € – 25 000 / 18 000$ – 30 000$

1912 Panhard & Levassor Type X14 7-seater
Estimate : 180 000 € – 260 000€ / 210 000$ – 300 000$

The 1912 Panhard & Levassor X14 7-seater open tourer is one of the oldest surviving examples of a Vanvooren-bodied car that is still running. It spent its early life in Argentina, returning to Europe in the mid-1980s, and remains in original condition.

1928 Avions Voisin Type C11
Estimate : 120 000 € – 180 000 / 140 000$ – 210 000$

1935 Alvis Speed 20 SD Cabriolet - Ex-Serge Pozzoli
Estimate : 200 000 € – 300 000 / 235 000$ – 350 000$

1937 Hispano-Suiza K6 Berline
Estimate : 180 000 € – 260 000 / 210 000$ – 300 000$

1938 Bentley 4 ¼-litre Coupe
Estimate : 300 000 € – 400 000 / 350 000$ – 470 000$
1964 Porsche 904 GTS, est. 1.4M€ - 1.8M€ / 1.6M$ - 2.1M$
Ó Rémi Dargegen

1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet
Estimate : 700 000 € – 900 000€ / 825 000$ – 1M$
This stunning machine has the penultimate Vanvooren cabriolet body to be fitted to a Type 57 chassis/engine. It was used by the German army, probably as a radio car during the war. It was later part of the Söderström collection in Malmö.

1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Faux-Cabriolet
Estimate : 120 000 € – 180 000 / 140 000$ – 210 000$

1950 Delahaye 135M Coach
Estimate : 250 000 € – 350 000€ / 300 000$ – 410 000$

This Delahaye was the last car to leave the Vanvooren workshop in Courbevoie in 1950 before the company closed its doors. It was owned during the 1970s by four times national rally champion Bernard Consten. The Volante Collection includes another splendid example of 1930s luxury motoring that was not bodied by Vanvooren :

The Volante Collection includes another splendid example of 1930s luxury motoring that was not bodied by Vanvooren :

1937 Horch 5-litre 853 Cabriolet

Estimate : 600 000 € – 800 000€ / 700 000$ – 950 000$ 

This truly majestic Horch has a believed genuine mileage of just 20 000km. The car spent most of its life in Norway, where it was confiscated and used by the German Wehrmacht during WW2. At the end of the war, it was handed over to Crown Prince Olav of Norway, who used the car in the victory parade on the streets of Trondheim in 1945. It remains in wonderfully original condition and has full matching numbers.