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Fast in France: Cars of Le Grand Palais

  • 1955 Jaguar D-Type
    Pre-auction estimate: $5.6m-$6.5m. (Simon Clay/RM Auctions)
  • 1936 Delahaye 135 S
    Pre-auction estimate: $1.3m-$2m. (Courtesy of RM Auctions)
  • 1965 Aston Martin DB5
    Pre-auction estimate: $810,000-$1.1m. (Courtesy of Bonhams)
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S ‘SV Specification’
    Pre-auction estimate: $615,000-$750,000. (Tim Scott/RM Auctions)
  • 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider by Scaglietti
    Pre-auction estimate: $2.5m-$3m. (Tom Wood/RM Auctions)
  • 1953 Gordini Type 24 S
    Pre-auction estimate: $4.1m-$5.4m. (Courtesy of RM Auctions)
  • 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A
    Pre-auction estimate: $2.7m-$3.4m. (Courtesy of Bonhams)
  • 1990 Ferrari F40
    Pre-auction estimate: $615,000-$680,000. (Lars Neumann/RM Auctions)
  • 2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype
    Pre-auction estimate: $1.9m-$2.4m. (Jean Michel Le Meur/RM Auctions)
  • 1962 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider by Touring
    Pre-auction estimate: $100,000-$150,000. (Cymon Taylor/RM Auctions)
  • 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet
    Pre-auction estimate: $34,000-$47,000. (Courtesy of Bonhams)
  • 1940 Horch 853A Sportcabriolet in the style of Erdmann & Rossi
    Pre-auction estimate: $1m-$1.3m. (Dirk Dehmel/RM Auctions)
  • 1968 Citroën DS21 Decapotable by Chapron
    Pre-auction estimate: $190,000-$215,000. (Tom Wood/RM Auctions)
  • 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
    Pre-auction estimate: $1.5m-$2m. (Simon Clay/RM Auctions)
  • 1969 Mazda Cosmo L10B Coupé
    Pre-auction estimate: $67,000-$94,000. (Courtesy of Bonhams)
  • 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet by Gebrüder Tüscher of Zurich
    Pre-auction estimate: $340,000-$435,000. (Boris Adolf/RM Auctions)
  • 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla
    Pre-auction estimate: $25,000-$30,000. (Otis Clay/RM Auctions)
  • 1937 SS 100 Jaguar 2½-Litre Roadster
    Pre-auction estimate: $410,000-$490,000. (Bernard Canonne/RM Auctions)
  • 1965 Ford Mustang 289 Racing Car
    Pre-auction estimate: $100,000-$130,000. (Courtesy of RM Auctions)

HIDE CAPTION

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.