Prince Albert of Monaco sells nearly 40 classics


Fancy a car with a royal connection yet a real-world price-tag? If so, you'll be interested in the forthcoming sale of a bunch of largely everyday classics in Monaco.

What makes them special is that they are from the private collection of HSH (His Serene Highness) Prince Albert of Monaco.

The 38 cars are set to be sold with no reserve by Artcurial at the Terrasses de Fontvieille in Monaco in 26 July and estimates range from as little as €4000 (shared by a VW Beetle, 1931 Chrysler limo and a Peugeot 203) to €35,000 upper estimate for a 1956 Bentley S1 (below).

Obviously, star-fever might have an impact on those prices, but what is most interesting to us is the cars in the collection.

As well as a quartet of military trucks, there is everything from a 1907 Berliet C2 double phaeton (estimate €20-30,000) to a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG (€15-25,000).

As you would expect there are a couple of Tractions and a smattering of vintage French cars, but several lots took our fancy.

We think that this 1972 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S (€8-12,000) with the 90bhp engine could be a good buy.

There is also the de rigueur French 1980s wagon, a Citroën CX Reflex D Break. The D stands for diesel, but it has just 37,000km from new, which is why a hefty €10-20,000 is being predicted.

And then there is our lead image. If you haven't already identified it, it is a 1969 Siata Spring Roadster (€8-12,000), based, believe it or not, on a Fiat 850. 

Click here to see the full catalogue.



Ah James, I trust you're off to Monte Carlo chequebook in hand to bid on lots 11 and possibly 26.
The advantage of the Break is that should any of your other cars "fail to proceed" as Rolls Royce would have it, you could doubtless fit them all in the back of the Citroen and still have room for the kids.
I must confess that the 2nd generation Camaro (the James Rockford model as I define it) has always struck me as one of the great unsung American designs; beautifully proportioned and not the Mustang knock-off as its predecessor always seems to me. Even with the in-line 6, manual winders (and probably lacking air-con - an almost unforgiveable sin in any post '50s American car) that's the one that's calling me.

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