A 1939 Horch 853 Cabriolet more than doubled its estimate to sell for €685,892 at Artcurial’s 10 June sale in Paris.
Used as a ‘business card’ for the late French restorer André Lecoq, the straight-eight powered classic was subject to a fastidious restoration that included the bodywork, mechanicals and interior.
The engine’s rebuild was carried out in 2008, included a new cylinder head and the car has covered fewer than 1000 miles since.
The sale, proved a big draw for American and Russian collectors and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 pulled off a similar feat to the Horch, selling for €523,400 against a lower estimate of €250,000.
The last of its kind to be delivered before the outbreak of WW2, the Type 57 had a series of distinguished owners, before joining Lecoq’s collection.
The sale netted nearly €9million with other top lots including two more Type 57s, a 1935 Gangloff and a 1938 Ventoux, which sold for € 559,400 and €523,400, respectively.
The ASA cars we featured that were originally planned as pint-sized Ferraris did well, too.
Top of the list was a 1966 ASA RB 613 Berlinette that was raced at Le Mans and Sebring. In selling for €228,631, it was the only ASA not to easily better its top estimate.
The race car was joined by a 1965 411GT Coupé (€186,515), which was lighter and more powerful than the standard car, a barn-find 1966 1000GT (€54,149) and a mint-condition standard 1000GT (€114,315).
The auction house’s full results can be viewed on its website.