Twenty-five vintage cars were auctioned on Sunday September 11 as part of the 48 Hours of Troyes automobiles. Legendary models that have all found takers.
« 60,500 euros, I’m going to auction! And 61,000 for Monsieur on the phone! 63,500 for you over there! » Geoffroy Boisseau cuts through the air with his hammer at the frantic pace of proposals. The auctioneer coordinates the auctions with the same rigor as a conductor.
In the audience, a man in his sixties holds up a red sign. « 66,000 in the public… 73,000 euros on the phone… I have been notified of a bid at 76,000 euros on the internet! 76,000 euros… And sold »exclaims Geoffroy Boisseau, banging his desk with a hammer.
The lot that has just been won by an internet buyer is an Iso Rivolta IR 300 dating from 1967. A rare Italian car, produced in just under 800 units. It is one of the twenty-five vintage cars put up for sale this Sunday, September 11 at the Château Menois in Rouilly-Saint-Loup. An event organized as part of the 48 Hours of Troyes automobiles.
For the occasion, a scene was set up in the estate’s park. A giant screen has been installed to allow buyers to follow the sales. And for those who could not make the trip, it is possible to bid by telephone or internet. « It’s a great event.rejoices Geoffroy Boisseau of the Boisseau-Pommez auction house. Me, I put together a catalog of lots but in the end, it’s the public who decides and that’s what makes the beauty of the show! »
On the castle lawn, there is something for everyone. The oldest model is Italian, a Lancia Aprillia dating from 1939. The most recent, a Rover Mini, made in 1993. « Difficult to choose from such a beautiful setenthuses the auctioneer. There are still two flagship models. The Ferrari, mythical car, model 328 GTS for Gran Turismo Spider which means convertible, its roof is removable. We also have a very pretty Mercedes 190 SL which is the little sister of the mythical model, the 300 SL model Gullwing with doors that open upwards. »
The Ferrari, priced at 50 euros, was finally sold for 81,000 euros. As for the Mercedes 190 SL, which dates from 1958, it finds a buyer at 92 000 euros for a starting price of 60,000 euros. The most expensive lot, a Porsche 930 Cabriolet, goes for 93,000 euros. « These are all legendary models that are very pleasant to drive, as we no longer find in our current cars, alas »explains Geoffroy Boisseau.
This unequaled driving comfort is what Henri-Pierre Bia, a collector from the department, came to look for. He leaves with a 1972 Citroën SM bought for 25,000 euros. A sports car, with a Maserati engine, which was produced for only five years. « It will join my personal collection, I will quickly use it and walk around with it », says Henri-Pierre Bia, playfully. The promise of beautiful walks on the roads of Aube.