Unique Belgian-bodied Ferrari 166MM lined up for Paris auction

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French auction house Artcurial has already announced some blockbuster lots for its annual Rétromobile auction in Paris in February.

Leading the charge will be a unique Oblin-bodied 1953 Ferrari 166MM with superb history.

Having started life with a Vignale body chassis 0300M was raced and rallied extensively by first owner Jacques Herzet, usually shared with Lucien Bianchi or jazz musician Johnny Claes, and including a seventh-place finish on the Tour de France and the Rio de Janiero and Sao Paolo GPs.

When the car returned from South America, Herzet treated it to the new barchetta body by Carrosserie Martial Oblin in Brussels.

The Ferrari was sold to the USA in 1966 and the expensively restored 166MM returned to Europe last year.

Artcurial will also sell a rarer-than-a-GTO 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast S1 Pininfarina. With period appearances at both the Paris and Turin motor shows, the one-of-36 GT cost more than a 275 GTB new and was reputed to top 100mph in second.

Complete with Ferrari Classiche certification, the restored Blue Chiaro Superfast is expected to make a hefty €1.5-1.8 million.

Carrying a similar estimate is a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 SS, while a price is yet to be put on a 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadster by Chapron.

Another Chapron car guaranteed to whip up a lot of local interest in Paris on 7 February is a 1975 Citroën SM Mylord. One of just seven produced, the car was bought from the Chapron stand at the Geneva Motor Show and has been in the same family ownership ever since. Unsurprisingly such rarity and history doesn't come cheap and it carries an estimate of €400-600k.

For more details of the sale, click here.

 

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