Top 15 weird and wonderful cars for sale at the Paris auction
After the madness of the Tokyo auction where we saw some Koenig Special Ferraris go up for sale, I didn't think it could be trumped.
Well, two weeks later, the Paris auction has given it a run for its money. Where the Tokyo auction had some real rarities up for sale, the Paris auction has upped the ante with some even rarer cars and slathered on a beautiful layer of class to add that 'je ne sais quoi.'
Let me take you through my top 15 of the auction… bearing in mind I've left out an F50, countless 911s and a Lister-Jaguar:
15) 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL AMG 6.0 – Est. €60.000 – €80.000
I still think this is the best looking SL Mercedes ever made and I include the Pagoda in that. It is a wonderful representation of the excess of the late '80s and early '90s. A 6.0-litre engine that could reverse the earth's rotation.
14) 1950 Citroën HY Panelvan – Est. €15.000 – €25.000
If you don't think rusty French vans aren't cool we can't be friends. I'll be replicating the Renault Espace F1 with this little fella in the near future.
13) 1968 Fiat Dino Coupé – Est. €40.000 – €60.000
Now, I'm going to ask this question once. Name me any car in history that hasn't been improved with yellow headlights… I'll wait.
12) 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder by Wendler – €3.800.000 – €4.300.000
This stunner is eligible for the Mille Miglia so you can have fun with all your wealthy friends through the Italian countryside. This example even raced in the 1957 24 Le Mans making it just one of 10 to have ever competed. The Porsche 550 Spyder was also the car in which James Dean died in.
11) 1994 BMW Alpina B12 5.7 Coupé – Est. €175.000 – €225.000
Time to live those '80s fantasies. Grab yourself some braces for those high trousers and get out your brick of a phone. Not only does this 8-Series have the desirable V12, it also has a manual gearbox which might make it one of the coolest cars ever to be put on sale.
10) 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta – Est €925.000 – €1.050.000
One of only 80 examples ever built, this 599 SA Aperta has the 6.0-litre V12 beating heart of the 599 GTO. Being a convertible it allows you to perform facial surgery on yourself as it can reach 202mph.
9) 2005 Ford GT – €300.000 – €350.000
Every angle of the 2005 Ford GT is breathtaking. Even though it's not, I wouldn't mind if this was an absolute pig to drive. LOOK AT IT. I'm getting emotional… give me a minute.
8) 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra – €800.000 – €1.000.000
If you look very closely at the driver's face, he is trying to mask the fact that he has completely soiled himself.
7) 1987 Ferrari F40 LM – Est. €4.500.000 – €5.500.000
I wrote an article on how this magnificent beast has made me question everything I know about Ferraris being red:
6) 1980 Ferrari 512 BB 'Competizione' – Est. €395.000 – €455.000
Sporting a 5.0-litre V12 engine, this racer accompanied with a current FIA Rennpass so you can get racing straight away. If you do buy this and don't race it, I won't be angry, just very disappointed.
5) 2015 Morgan Aero SuperSports – Est. €150.000 – €200.000
Not to everyone's taste I'll admit. This is one of those cars where you'll form an instant bond with a fellow petrolhead if you both like it, but will break up relationships if your views differ.
This particular example has less than 120km on the clock.
4) 1996 Jordan 196 Formula 1 – Est. €170.000 – €190.000
Told you there were a few surprises in here. Driven by Martin Brundle, this is the very car he jumped into after he drove his first car into up into the sky and then the sand trap:
3) 2000 BMW Alpina B12 6.0 Langversion – Est. €25.000 – €35.000
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the coolest 4-door saloon ever made, the BMW Alpina B12 6.0 Langversion. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd be sprinting to the Paris auction in order to make this my first purchase.
2) 1983 Aston Martin Tickford Lagonda – Est. €90.000 – €120.000
This might be the ugliest expensive car ever made, but my heart is telling me that I want it. I don't really understand what was going through the minds of the designers, but I bet they are hilarious at parties.
Before No.1 – Honourable mention
Ayrton Senna McLaren Rheos Helmet, 1990 – Est. €80.000 – €120.000
Complete with a radio, this was worn by the legend himself during the 1990 season.
1) 1994 Venturi 400 GT Trophy – Est. €120.000 – €200.000
Not the most expensive on the list, but certainly my favourite. This is one of 76 Venturis that were converted for racing use.
There were many more to choose from, so go and check out all 97 listings here: