Lamborghini Miura set to steal Paris limelight

| 27 Sep 2013

A 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 estimated at €400-450,000 is the headline lot at Artcurial's auction of 80 classics in Paris on 20 October.

One of just 475 built, this car was sold new to France and started life as the demonstration car for dealer Paris Monceau. At that point it was silver and it has been with the seller for 15 years.

Carrying a slightly lower estimate at the Automobiles sur les Champs sale, but underpinning a recent hike in prices is a freshly restored Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder, expected to make €300-400,000.

There are several Ferraris in the catalogue including 246 Dino, 328, 250GTE and Testarossa, but we like the look of this highly original, low(ish)-mileage 330GT 2+2 (€150-200k).

Another Italian rarity at a rather more affordable €18-27,000 is a Dutch-registered Fiat 2300S Ghia. Styled by Tom Tjaarda, it has recently been restored and represents a hugely capable yet underrated proposition as one of the rarer 1960s GTs.

As ever at an Artcurial auction, there is plenty of French fare, the clutch of Citroëns including a 16/6 cabrio, two DSs, a super-low-mileage CX and an SM. The top double chevron car, however, is a factory-authenticated 1934 Traction 7B cabrio likely to make €120-160,000.

A more intriguing homegrown prospect is a 1966 Matra Djet V Luxe Coupé. Carrying a weighty €30-40,000 it has been in one family since new, having been given to the original owner by his wife to celebrate the birth of their daughter and then handed down to that daughter on her 40th birthday.

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