RM Sotheby’s has announced more exciting lots for its forthcoming Paris auction, with the newest entries including a meticiously maintained Porsche 550 RS Spyder and an almost-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The auction house will amass more than 60 exquisite collector cars for the Paris sale on 6 February, to take place during the prestigious Rétromobile show week.

1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder

Among the auction highlights is a remarkably rare 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder that is accompanied by an extensive documentation folder from new. Highly sought after by collectors, the 550 Spyder was Porsche’s first dedicated competition car, and chassis no. 550-0082 benefits from a great deal of period competition history. The car placed 1st in the 1956 Course de Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons hill climb and went on to contest the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1957 1000 KM of Nürburgring and 13 additional races in period.

The car benefits from a comprehensive restoration by Porsche Würzburg in 2000 and is now fitted with correct engine, gearbox and clothed in a stunning new Spyder body. Following restoration, the car campaigned the 2001 Mille Miglia and was subject to a complete engine service in 2013. One of just 90 examples built and representing a significant piece of Porsche’s motorsport history, the 550 Spyder is expected to attract bids between €3,800,000 to €4,300,000.

It’s an honor to have the chance to offer this iconic Porsche 550 RS Spyder, a car which is a milestone in Porsche history and which to this day remains one of the most coveted road-going racing cars ever made. It was Porsche’s first foray into making a purpose-built racing car and it did so with incredible success, combining simple yet stunning design with uncomplicated mechanicals and lightweight construction. In fact, the template for so many great racing Porsches that have followed in the decades since.

Oliver Camelin, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s:

2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Joining the historic Porsche racer is a 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that has covered just 2,750 km. The definitive hypercar for the 21st century, various iterations of the Veyron followed its inception in 2006, culminating in final and greatest – the Grand Sport Vitesse. Fitted with the 1,200bhp quad-turbo W-16 engine and open-top bodywork, just 92 examples were built. Initially used by Bugatti as a factory display car and finished in unique two-tone paint over a striking blue leather interior, the Grand Sport Vitesse is expected to fetch between €1,575,000 to €1,800,000 at auction.

In being listed for the Paris auction, the Porsche and Bugatti join the recently consigned 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra and ex-Works Lister-Jaguar Costin, known to have competed at The 24 Hours of Le Mans.


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