Fast in France: Cars of Le Grand Palais

The Jaguar D-Type valued from 4.1m euro ($5.6m) to 4.7m euro was never raced by the factory Jaguar team. And yet it was among the most dominant machines of its era.

Such fascinating pedigrees are the norm during the collector car auctions at Paris’s Le Grand Palais, the Beaux-Arts landmark just steps removed from the Champs Elysées. Two houses, Ontario-based RM Auctions and London’s Bonhams, conduct sales on 5 and 6 February, respectively, with an emphasis on competition cars from European manufacturers.

Of that Jaguar, RM notes that it was the seventh of 54 customer cars shipped, and shortly after arriving in Australia in 1956, it made quick work of the continent’s competition.

Joining it at Le Grand Palais are a heavily decorated Ford Mustang competition car, a 2008 Peugeot Le Mans prototype and various other bits of motoring unobtanium. Here is just a sampling of the standouts.