Mixed Success at Bonhams’ Chantilly Arts et Elegance Auction

3rd Annual Chantilly Art et Elegance Richard Mille Concours

Last weekend Bonhams returned to Chantilly for its second annual sale. Now in its third year the Chantilly Art et Elegance Richard Mille Concours event has become a ‘must attend’ event for the motoring elite and in 2015 the addition of the auction was deemed a great success. So, what was on offer in 2016?

Renault 5 Turbo 2 Goes Unsold

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Let’s first look at a Renault 5 Turbo 2. A 1984 car built for Group B homologation. Much like its rivals – Ford RS200, Lancia Delta S4, Audi Quattro short-wheelbase and Peugeot T16 – the Turbo 2 was a low production car with the sole purpose of enabling Renault to enter the Group B rally championship.

Whilst not as outrageous as its rivals the Turbo 2 enjoyed success at the hands of rallying legend Jean Ragnotti, winning the Monte Carlo and Tour de Corse rallies. On sale day the car didn’t sell, for anyone interested I would certainly suggest further investigation and perhaps a cheeky offer!

1994 Porsche 928 GTS Sells for $113,011

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A little surprising was the sale price on this 1994 Porsche 928 GTS, $113,011 with premium to be precise. While it is a fine example having covered just 47,000km from new and is presented in ‘as new’ condition I find it hard to forget that these cars were available for as low as $10,680 ten years ago. The trouble with buying a car like this is you simply cannot use it. The more use, the more wear and tear, higher mileage and less value.

1962 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider Misses Reserve

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To put it into perspective this Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider built in 1962 went unsold, not hitting its lowest reserve of almost $13,351 less than the 928 GTS at $100,132. Here is a car to be enjoyed safe in the knowledge that its value is not so precariously balanced and reliant on current trends.

1990 BMW Z1 Sells for $77,052

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More positively this BMW Z1 from 1990 did sell, and for a rather impressive $77,052 with premium. These cars still look other worldly. Finished in a lovely subtle shade of yellow with black/camouflage interior this really looks special and the 23,203kms have been covered at a steady pace with recent years just showing 200km per annum. Shop around and these cars can still be picked up in the $40k-$67k bracket, a solid investment for the future that can be enjoyed now.

Alfa Romeo Sells for $57,790

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How about a rare, classy Italian sports car for under $60,079? Well this Alfa Romeo Montreal ticks all the boxes, selling for just $57,790 with premium. Sadly, there is no information concerning ownership prior to 1987 and that is surprising in an auction of this calibre.

Bonhams Falls Short of 2015’s Success

Last year the Bonhams auction at Chantilly presented some truly fabulous cars with strong provenance. This year’s sale seems to have fallen short with a number of cars not selling and some of those lots not being particularly impressive. The Montreal is a representation of that with its missing 15 years of history. It’s difficult to say the reasons behind this especially without seeing the attendance figure to the event.

Hopefully they will come back stronger in 2017.

Photos: © Bonhams 2016

About the Author: Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.

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About the Author:

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.