An extensively exhibited 1965 Ferrari Dino206P prototype crossed the Artcurial auction block at Rétromobile to sell for an auction week-topping €4.29m (£3.65m with premium) chased by a Farina and Sommer-raced 1948 166 Sports-Racer which made €2.89m (£2.46m).
Other big money prices during the £26.67m, 72 per cent sold marathon session, which took eight hours and was watched by 3000 in the sale hall plus 15,237 more viewers on the ‘live’ internet-cast, were a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV Bull valued by a new Toreador at €2.33m (£1.98m), a still shapely 1935 Bugatti 57 Atalante Découvrable dispersed from the Herve and Martine Ogliastro Collection
‘A stunning 1957 Bentley S1 Continental cleared the magic million’
for €2.23m (£1.93m), and a two owners since 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort investment with 26,000k on the odo changed portfolios for €1.2m (£935k).
The Paris sales again kicked off with a £21.74m evening in the RM Sotheby’s packed, but up-market tent pitched beside Place Vauban, where 78 per cent of the more contemporary rolling assets found new shareholders, led by a forever racey Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 of 1934 vintage sold for €3.92m (£3.32m), pursued by a genuine Ferrari-opened 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spider captured for €2.16m (£1.83m).
True Brits meanwhile led the Bonhams £12.7m results in the truly historic Grand Palais, under whose vast glazed steelwork the first Motor Show was held in 1901. Among 99 changes of ownership, a 1935 Le Mans raced Aston Martin Ulster sold for €2.02m (£1.71m) and a still stunning 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Convertible by Park Ward cleared the magic €1m barrier at €1.07m (£900,075). The market for old automobiles, it seems, still motors onwards without a red flag in sight.
1965 Ferrari Dino 206P – £3.65m