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Artcurial Motorcars Finds Vintage Motorcars Piled In The Garage

Artcurial Motorcars Finds Vintage Motorcars Piled In The Garage

The head of the auction house Artcurial Motorcars, including Matthieu Lamoure, Director General at Artcurial Motorcars and Pierre Novikoff, recently found three vintage Bugatti and one Citroen, littered with sandbags garage.

The duo took help of some people to move some 200 rain soaked sandbags out from in front of the garage where the cars were stored. As per the Artcurial report, the entrance of the garage was barricaded for 15 years and these cars that were stored there had not been touched since the 1950s. Lamoure states that although every year there was wonderful surprises at the Retromobile Auction, this year it would be a bigger one after this discovery. The preliminary cost of these vintage cars is estimated to be around a million dollars.

Artcurial reported that when they headed to the garage they were unsure of what exactly they were going to find. When the blocked doors were opened, they found a Bugatti 57 Graber Cabriolet, a Bugatti 49 faux-coupe Gangloff, a Bugatti 40, and a Citroen 5HP “Trefle.” These cars belonged to a Belgian sculptor who bought them and kept them for the sake of learning. He wasn’t interested in driving and thus, all the cars have been preserved in excellent condition. They will be sold as a part of Artcurial’s 2019 Retromobile event in Paris, on February 8, 2019.

The biggest sale of the quartet is expected to be taken by the Bugatti 57 Graber Cabriolet, which is estimated to be sold for a high price of $450,000 - $685,000.

As per the Artcurial Motorcars report, “There will be a special focus on collector cars on the first day of Artcurial’s sale, with Saturday dedicated to auctioning off 90 MV Augusta motorcycles, and Sunday is open to racing, flying, and yachting, to conclude with the sale of a collection of helmets, race suits, and steering wheels from Formula 1 drivers. An Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta headlines the vehicle auction on Friday, along with a Type 51 much better preserved than its barn find Bugatti cousins.”