Located at the heart of Pavilion 2.2, not so far from the new motorbike zone, the Artcurial Motorcars sales area will be offering two sets of auctions for the very first time: one dedicated to classic cars and two-wheelers, and the other on the theme of "Racing, Flying & Yatching". Visitors of the world's finest short-lived garage will have the opportunity to celebrate the history of automobile with a host of mechanical masterpieces from all eras and all continents.
While you wait to discover (and why not buy) the iconic models on offer at auction, our teams would like to introduce you to 4 of our favourites vehicles to be found at Rétromobile 2024.
1968 PORSCHE 911S EX-JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY
An evolution of the German manufacturer's iconic model, the Porsche 911S was launched in 1967, just 5 years after the birth of its elder sibling. At first glance, the evolution may appear to be purely aesthetic (Fuchs wheels, mouldings on the bumper, gold lettering, etc.), but once the bonnet open, this new model offer a numerous revolutions: engine developing 160 bhp and 180 Nm thanks to forged pistons, nitrided connecting rods, modified cylinder heads with larger diameter exhaust and inlet valves and new camshafts, ventilated disc brakes... The model proposed by Artcurial is also notable beacause of it's illustrious owner: three-time Olympic alpine skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy. Driven just 10,000 km by this racing enthusiast, the model was later exported to Tahiti, where it was spotted in 2014 by its current owner. He then embarked on a lengthy restoration programme to restore the car to its original condition.
1958 FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA SPYDER LWB
An iconic range for the Maranello firm, the various models of the Ferrari 250 have helped the Italian company to acquire its current aura. While the various versions are all powered by a majestic 3-litre V12 engine, they can be divided into two families: those intended exclusively for the track and those reserved for road use. The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder was born of the marriage of these two families. Produced in only 47 models, this iconic vehicle offers an unrivalled combination of the qualities of both track and road models. The car proposed for sale was delivered to its owner in 1958, before being shipped to Europe in 1992. Passed from owner to owner, the iconic Ferrari crossed the English Channel before landing in the workshop of a certain Joe Macari, where it underwent a complete overhaul. Now sporting an elegant blue livery, it was awarded by the 'Red Book Ferrari Classiche' certificate, certifying that the model is conformed in every aspects to its original homologation.
1966 CITROËN HY CAMPING-CAR BY CURRUS WITH ITS VELOSOLEX
An atypical model, the Citroën HY Camping-car is certainly one of a kind. This exceptional motorhome was built at the request of its original owner by the famous Parisian bodyworker Currus, which was specialises in transforming and fitting out light commercial vehicles. Powered by a 9-horsepower engine, this model has been specially lengthened and fitted with all the essentials for camping at the time: bathroom with toilet, modular table for 8 people that can be converted into a bed, independent heating, water tank, etc. An additional special feature is that it is equipped with a 1966 Solex 3800 that can be hooked up to the rear of the vehicle. Completely refurbished and with only 63,500 kilometres on the clock, this motorhome promises to its future owner an original and comfortable holiday.
1956 MONDIAL 250 CM3 GRAND PRIX
Mondial was founded in 1929 in Bologna, Italy, as a company little known to the general public and originally intended to produce commercial vehicles. From 1948 onwards, the company turned its attention to the world of two-wheelers. The company soon enjoyed success in competition, winning numerous prizes in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Born after the failure of the twin-cylinder version, the Mondial 250 cm3 Grand Prix was designed by engineer Alfonso Drusiani. A sublime piece of engineering featuring a double overhead camshaft controlled by a cascade of pinions and twin ignition, the model enabled Cecil Sandford to win the 250cc World Championship in 1957. The model presented at Retromobile 2024 was originally fitted with a full fairing, which was unfortunately destroyed during its long life. Although functional, this exceptional motorbike will require a complete overhaul before it can return to the track, but it is sure to attract the attention of specialists at historic demonstrations.