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26.7.12

Classic Cars Fit for a Prince



Owning a piece of history has never been easier than it is right now. Over 38 vehicles out of more than 100 from the Royal family of Monaco are up for grabs during an auction from Heritage which takes place today, July 26. You may be wondering why are these irreplaceable rides are on the auction block ....


High Retro: This Porsche 928 is considered the high-lights of the sale, with a reported estimate of $317,000

According to Prince Albert - a huge collector of classic cars - he's simply ready to "add some new models to a collection which is so very dear to my heart". What's great about this sale is that while there are a number of classic cars among the lot, overall, the vehicles on offer are what they call 'real world' models which are affordable to the man on the street. The 1925 Citroën (pictured below) is estimated between $15,500 to $19,000. Heritage described the sale as a 'unique opportunity to acquire a motor car from one of the most well known collections, from the most famous and prestigious Principalities'.

True Provenance: 1925 Citroën 5 HP torpédo Trèfle, Super-culasse from Prince Albert II of Monaco

Photos via Daily Mail UK

Designed initially as a replacement for the Porsche 911, the 928 S has a 4.7-litre V8 engine which Heritage Auctions described as a 'very fine tourer'. Prince Albert II was quoted as saying: 'The Princes of Monaco have always been passionate about motor cars. Prince Pierre initiated the Grand Prix in 1929, and competed in it, in a Torpedo. My father, Prince Rainier, took over the development of the race, which has today become one of the most prestigious events in the world."

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2 comments:

http://www.monacomotors.com.au said...

Thanks you for this. Can you provide me with the link of the photos of the auctioned vehicles? I’d appreciate it.

Vyna St Phard said...

You're welcome! The sale already took place, but here's the information for the auction house.

Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor
Dallas, Texas 75219-3941
1-800-872-6467 / (214) 528-3500
http://www.ha.com/c/index.zx

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