The multi-million euro sale of a nearly-new Bugatti Chiron ranked among the highlights of an evening for classic car purists at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction. The Chiron set the trend for modern supercars in high demand at the Place Vauban sale, witnessed by a packed-out crowd and bidders from 34 countries despite heavy snowfall in the French capital.

With less than 1,000km on the odometer, the 2017-model Bugatti sold for a world-record €3.32 million (final sale price) at RM Sotheby’s first European sale of the year. More modern supercar lots to change hands included a low-miles 2005 Maserati MC12 (€2 million) and 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Prototype (€1.15 million).

Italian pedigree

The modern supercar craze continued as rare vehicle lots built in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s boasted a string of Italian-made exotica. A rare 1972 De Tomaso Mangusta sold over its estimate at €286,250, the pristine 1991 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary sold at €331,250 and a 1992 Ferrari F40 changed hands at €933,125.

Adding to the desirability of the Italian auction items on show in Paris, a timewarp condition 1995 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II ‘Dealers Collection’ sold above its estimate for €161,000. Plenty of other rare lots from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati sold were on show, including cars from lesser-known vintage marques.

A 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 by Touring – retained by the same owner from new, pictured meeting Ferruccio Lamborghini upon collection at the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory in the same year – sold for €511,250.

High-speed sales

As ever, the race-tuned motorsport lots attracted high attention at the RM Sotheby’s auction. The track-ready 1989 RUF CTR Clubsport, finished in a rare Porsche RS Mint Green, sold for €348,125. A 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Car, once raced in the Monte Carlo Rally, fetched €184,000 and a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT, raced in Germany in the 1970s, sold for €241,250.

The combined sales fee for the Paris auction was settled at €23.75 million. Full auction results can be found at www.rmsothebys.com.

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: “We continue to see immense demand for low production hypercars. They represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence from any given decade, and their place in history and collecting hierarchy is secure. The room was packed and the energy high throughout the preview and auction despite the challenges of snowfall in Paris, and we are delighted with another strong sell through rate and very successful event.”

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.