Lancia Stratos tipped to headline at Artcurial

| 30 Oct 2012

A Lancia Stratos Group 4 rally car is set to sell for €350-400,000 at Artcurial’s 4th Automobiles Sur Les Champs sale in Paris on 11 November.

Built in 1974 and painted in Blue Azzuro, the car was first owned by Lancia SPA. It was prepared to do battle in the Italian rally championship and comes complete with a rollcage, bucket seats and a fire extinguisher.

Chassis number 391 is known to have competed in numerous rallies, including 10 in the hands of Domenico Busoni (from 1978-’80).

Offering Italian style of a different kind is a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona that is expected to make €240-280,000.

It was delivered new to the US before being shipped to France in the late ’80s, where it was modified for European use and received a thorough restoration. Since coming into the hands of its current owner, the car has been stored at a constant tempature and has been used only in fine weather.

Another Ferrari offers more rarity for less money. The 1977 308GTB Vetroresina was constructed from glassfibre and weighs 300kg less than the steel-bodied car that replaced it. Only 712 examples of the lightweight machine were built and it’s estimated to fetch €45-55,000.

Finally a 550M (as featured on the cover of this month’s C&SC) offers an everyday Ferrari with supercar performance for €40-50,000.

A Lotus Esprit Turbo follows the same plastic-bodied ethos as the 308 and could be yours for a lot less (€18-24,000). The mid-engined Brit offers all the looks of the Ferrari and adds some Bond cool for far less than a DB5.

A 1953 Arnolt Bristol 404 Roadster mates British mechanicals with a fabulous Bertone body – it should make €140-180,000.

Italian machinery dominates the show, though, with a 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Coupé (€24-30,000), a 1972 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider (€40-60,000) and a fantastic modified Fiat Multipla (€15,000-20,000) all set to cross block.

Perhaps the biggest showing comes from the little Fiat 500, with rare models including a 1975 Moteur Alpine with the 1.4-litre engine from a Renault 5 Alpine (£7-10,000) and (shown above) a Giardiniera Modifé (£12-16,000) with the 700cc engine from a Formula Monza single-seater.

The full lot list for the sale (that has many cars offered at no reserve) can be viewed, here.