High-Performance Ferraris & Bugattis Confirmed for RM Sotheby’s Paris Auction

By Paul Joseph

Car auction giants RM Sotheby’s has announced a selection of high-spec, high-performance Ferrari and Bugatti models ahead of its forthcoming auction at Place Vauban in Paris this February.

A trio of modern Bugatti cars – including an EB110 SS, Veyron, and Chiron – will return home for auction on French soil, while sought-after and ultra-rare Ferrari listings extend to an F40 LM and F50.

An extremely rare 1987 Ferrari F40 LM leads the Italian marque entries. Upon entering production, the Ferrari F40 was already the fastest road car of its time, but the ‘Le Mans’ version took the model to new extremes – affording the car more aggressive bodywork, more extreme front and rear wings, and a stripped-out interior with a futuristic digital dashboard.

It now comes to RM Sotheby’s Paris sale as the most successful F40 LM, wearing its Le Mans livery of striking French Blue with Pilot sponsoring, and is estimated to fetch anything up to €5.5 million.

Another Ferrari modern classic set to capture the imagination of bidders in Paris is a Classiche-certified 1996 Ferrari F50. Offered for sale with the rarely seen original trunk bag, the red Italian sports car is number 102 of only 349 ever made, and is estimated to sell for up to €1.9 millin.

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager at RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: “These latest additions to the Paris auction add five iconic supercars from two of the hobby’s greatest marques to the catalogue.

“Individually, the F40 LM is a car so rare that we’ve only had the pleasure of offering one other example at auction in RM Sotheby’s history; and this particular car is surely the most successful, having finished 12th overall at Le Mans.

“The three Bugatti models are all the ultimate supercars of their generation, in that they were unrivalled while in production. In many respects, they remain unrivalled today as collectable cars that are highly prized in the market place.”

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week, RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will present approximately 80 motor cars and a selection of automobilia at the historic Place Vauban on 6 February.

By Paul Joseph