Artcurial – 2021 Automobiles Sur Les Champs Auction

15 Citroëns are being auctioned at the Artcurial Automobiles Sur Les Champs in Paris on October 24, 2021, many offered with no reserve. Here is a description of each:

Lot 1
1969 Méhari

Offered without Reserve
Est: 6,000 – 10,000 €
Chassis n ° 00CA5726
Engine n ° 0483023452

Restoration project. Built on November 25, 1969. has at one point been fitted with a AM2-type engine from an Ami 8 or a Dyane. Previously been owned by a collector from Troyes. The body was originally Montana green. It was repainted white and blue and two additional headlamps were mounted on the hood. In 2004 the doors and soft top were replaced and are still in good condition. The original seats have been recovered in leatherette. The steering wheel, smaller in diameter than the original, was also replaced and an ammeter installed in the dashboard. The platform is sound, and the bodywork is in used condition. As it has not been driven in recent years, the car will need a restart and a general overhaul. Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 11,920 €.


Lot 2
1971 DS20 Pallas

Offered without Reserve
Est: 10,000 – 15,000 €
Chassis n ° 4708060
Engine n ° DY3-0661002025

Ordered from the Citroën dealer in Troyes France on May 20, 1971, and then delivered the following August. The order document mentions a bronze-coloured body (body and roof) mated to a gold interior, but it was ultimately an Albatros beige-coloured car (AC087LE) that was delivered. The options included a horn, heated rear window and a Continental Edison radio (Radioën R355), still present. Well preserved, this DS was repainted in 2003 at Citroën. The upholstery has also been redone, the result speaks quality. The DY3 engine which develops more than 100hp SAE on this version is the original one as confirmed by the Peugeot Citroën DS Adventure. Like any car kept in careful hands, it has its original owner’s manual, service logbook and manual for the radio. This beautiful example has not been running for a few years and will need a restart and a general overhaul, but the nice patina deserves to be retained, as it gives the car so much charm.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 10,728 €.


Lot 3
1971 SM

Offered without Reserve
Est: 20,000 – 30,000 €
Chassis n ° 00SB2363
Engine n ° 102-654

Built on March 17, 1971, as the Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS confirmed, and was then registered on the 24th of the same month. It was originally in “tropical green metallic” colour. On September 28, 1977, it was purchased by a renowned winegrower from Gervey-Chambertin, as confirmed by a copy of the old registration document. The current owner acquired it from the latter in December 2003. He repainted it red, except for the engine compartment. Still fitted with its original engine it has benefited from regular service at SM2A, a recognized specialist of the model, as can be seen by the invoice folder. It has not been driven since the death of its owner, but it restarted without any difficulty: the mechanicals work satisfactorily and are well adjusted, the clutch, suspensions and braking are functional. A general service, including the replacement of the battery, will however be necessary. The body is sound, and the engine compartment is very clean. Inside, the beautiful grey cloth upholstery is in good condition and a more recent radio-cassette player completes the equipment. Power window switches have also been replaced with more modern elements. The odometer reads 23,320 km, and the original owner’s manual, with its cover, is still present.

Visible by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 33,376 €.


Lot 4
1951 Traction 11BL
Offered without Reserve
Est: 7,000 – 10,000 €
Chassis n ° 575277
Engine n ° AG1085

As Peugeot Citroën DS Adventure have confirmed, this 11BL left the factory on October 9, 1951, and still has its original mechanicals. Purchased in the Côte d´Or in 1994 by the current owner, it still had its original registration number: 301 Y 21, and has covered just over 92,000 km. The car is very well preserved. The bodywork has been repainted in its original gloss black colour. It has a few small corrosion bubbles at the bottom of the doors. The chrome is slightly disfigured but can be saved with a little elbow grease. The cloth upholstery is original, protected by custom-made green faux leather covers, made by Knecht and Demey in Dijon. A Quillery accessory steering wheel completes the dashboard. This car was used regularly until the death of its owner, and it will need to be restarted and given a general overhaul.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 8,344 €.


Lot 5
1925 5HP Type C3 “Trèfle”

Offered without Reserve
Est: 10,000 – 15,000 €
Chassis n ° 50466
Engine n ° 54147

This example left the factory in February 1925 and joined the present collection in 2004, after it had spent some time in Essonne. An old restoration gives the car a real charm and a homogeneous state of presentation. The car stopped being used a few years ago, but restarting it, after the usual checks, should only be a formality. Between 2004 and today, the car has covered just 53 km! Under the hood, the cooling has been improved by the adaption of a 4-blade propeller. The soft top is in good used condition and completed with a cover and a tonneau cover. This 5HP has interesting period equipment such as the manual double squeegee wiper, dashboard lighting, pear horn for the city and electric for the road.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 7,748 €.


Lot 6

1926 B14 F Torpédo
Offered without Reserve
Est: 5,000 – 8,000 €
Chassis n ° 261919
Engine n ° 2773YA

Presented at the 1926 Motor Show, the B14 brought many changes to the B12, which had preceded it: the chassis was lightened and stiffened, suspension improved, braking made more efficient thanks to a brake booster which acted on all four wheels, while the engine became more flexible. Finally, the bodies were now entirely made of steel.
L’Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS confirmed that this car left the factory on October 16, 1926 as a standard “all-steel” torpedo, and that the number on the engine is the original one. The police plate affixed to the dashboard indicates that this automobile was the property of a chief lock keeper of Yonne. The car has benefited from an old restoration, generally well preserved, having obviously not been driven much since. The body is sound and the soft top, with its rear side guards, is in good condition, although the folding mechanism needs to be redone. The rear part offers access to the trunk, in the same way as the commercial versions. The leatherette upholstery has also been restored. The engine turns, but as it has not been used in recent years. It will need a restart and a general overhaul. All five Michelin tyres are in good condition, showing just 10% wear.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 5,960 €.


Lot 7
1933 Rosalie 8A Berline Luxe

Offered without Reserve
Est: 7,000 – 10,000 €

Chassis n ° 807104
Engine n ° F03247

At the 1932 Paris Motor Show, Citroën renewed its range and the C4 and C6 were replaced by the “8”, “10” and “15” which were quickly named “Rosalie”. The newcomers feature the floating engine, and the last two gears were synchronized, greatly improving operating comfort.

The car on offer is a luxury version, which left the factory on January 4, 1933, as the Aventure Peugeot Citroën DS has confirmed. It joined the current collection in 2004, whereas it had previously been registered in the Aube region since 1992. When it was purchased in 2004, the car had just received a comprehensive restoration. Examination of the underpinnings shows that it has not been driven much since. The body is sound, the chrome is in good condition. The horns marked with the chevron under the headlamps are present, as is the flame-shaped mascot which incorporates the water temperature. The cloth upholstery has been fully restored, as have the carpets. The dashboard features conform to original. The hat net above the windshield has been restored. The entire electrical harness has been redone in cotton yarn. The engine is the original one, but it will need to be restarted, as the car has not been driven in recent times.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 7,748 €.


Lot 8
2012 C6 V6 HDI 240 Exclusive
Offered without Reserve
Est: 8,000 – 12,000 €

Chassis n ° VF7TDX8ZACL507822

Equipped with the most powerful diesel engine, the 240bhp 3L V6, mated to an automatic transmission, this C6 has covered only 19,076 km since leaving the factory and has not been driven in recent years. A service was carried out in 2013 at 14,721 km, and in September 2021, the battery was replaced, and the hydraulic circuit was bled at Citroën. A general overhaul will nevertheless be necessary. With its body in perfect condition and its superb leather interior, this top-of-the-range model is simply impossible to find with such low mileage.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 28,608 €.


Lot 9
1983 Visa Super E décapotable
Offered without Reserve
Est: 3,000 – 5,000 €

Chassis n ° VF7VDVG0021VG337
Engine n ° 0329928

It was only five years after the launch of the Visa that Citroën decided to offer a convertible version, based on an idea by Heuliez, in order to boost the image of its small compact. To reduce conversion costs, coach-builder Heuliez took the 4-door version as the base and reinforced the bodywork. The soft top could be opened just above the front seats, or completely: the connection with the 2CV was obvious. However, commercial success was not quite there, with only 2,633 units produced, of which 1,753 for the year 1983 – which is the most sought after because it still had the satellite dashboard controls.

This example was registered on July 11, 1983, then changed hands a year later before being purchased by the current owner in 1999, when it displayed 97,781 km. Today, it has covered 114,704 km. The body has been repainted in its original grey shade. It is in a sound state, and just shows a small deformation on the left side sill. The interior is in grey fabrics and is just as well preserved. The soft top is in good used condition. The original service manual and the supplement specific to the convertible version are present. This veritable collectible deserves a general overhaul, as it has not been driven in recent years.

Viewing by appointment from October 18 – 23, 2021 in Chilly Mazarin (91380)

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 4,172 €.


Lot 10
1954 2CV A

Offered without Reserve
Est: 15,000 – 20,000 €

Chassis n° 104205
Engine n° 0802180

This pretty and rare 2CV is a type A, one featuring the twin-cylinder 375cc engine, which was registered in 1954. The story that has been told to us by the current owner is quite interesting – its first owner never left the town of Cambrai with the car. He was a farmer living in Paillencourt, just next to Cambrai, and a plate riveted on the engine cover certainly indicates the garage that took care of the car at the time: Etablissements Courtin et Bévierre Automobiles, in Cambrai. As the second owner indicated, he used beeswax on the car after every drive in the rain. Its second owner only kept it for a short time and the car’s current owner acquired it in 1990, attracted by the state of preservation of the vehicle. He had the brakes, the paint and the chassis redone in 2002 at the Fontaine de Cambrai garage after a few rust spots appeared. The hood was also replaced in the past. The car is now in a beautiful and interesting state of preservation. The upholstery, undoubtedly original, has stood the test of time and the only thing missing in the passenger compartment is the speedometer, which had been stolen.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Unsold.


Lot 38
1986 BX 4TC Evolution

Est: 250,000 – 350,000 €

Competition vehicle
Châssis Evolution n° 18

  • Car purchased directly from Citroën in period
  • Very rare factory Group B
  • Interesting race history
  • The Jean-Claude Andruet car

When the four-wheel drive BX project got off the ground, Guy Verrier contacted Jean-Claude Andruet and he was happy to get involved with the project. At that time Guy Verrier was in charge of the competition department at Citroën, with a mission to develop a competitive Group B car. Not an easy task with the sales department at Citroën requiring the car to remain close to the standard model. This left the engineers little room to design the architecture of the engine, restricted to a longitudinal front-engined set-up for example. As the original BX had a transverse engine, this required the installation of cooling radiators at the back.

Built from the BX saloon with a body constructed by Heuliez, the 4TC had a 380 bhp 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and transmission using elements of the Peugeot 505 Turbo Production car. The gearbox came from the Citroën SM. Unfortunately, the Citroën team lacked the time and resources to perfect the car’s development, despite the goodwill of engineers, mechanics and the drivers Jean-Claude Andruet and Philippe Wambergue. At the start of the season Andruet declared, “When we know how to fully exploit the handling of this car, it will be formidable.”

The BX 4TC was short on opportunities and only took part in three rounds of the World Championship : the Monte Carlo Rally, Rally Sweden and the Acropolis Rally. Twenty Evolution examples were prepared by the Competition department to be used for racing, along with 200 cars known as the ” Series 200 “, produced for homologation. These were intended for sale but a large number remained unsold.

For Jean-Claude Andruet, this would be his last season in the World Rally Championship. Following his world title in 1972 in an Alpine A110, he tried his hand with Italian marques, competing in a Lancia Stratos, Fiat 131 Abarth, Ferrari 308 GTB, Lancia 037, in addition to several outings in a BMW. At Citroën, he teamed up with the talented Philippe Wambergue, who enjoyed several seasons with Citroën and Peugeot, and was French rallycross Champion in 1989 driving a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16.

Today, the BX 4TC Evolution, developed by Citroën as an outright competition car, remains a testimony to an era of great freedom in engineering that gave rise to a range of very different models : alongside the mid-engined Peugeot 205 T16, the normally aspirated V6 mid-engined Metro 6R4 and the front-engined Audi Quattro, the 4TC brought its hydropneumatic suspension that, on a well-developed base, could have been a huge hit.

The BX 4TC Evolution presented here was obtained directly in period by Michel Hommell and Olivier Quesnel. This is why it remains in an astonishing state of preservation, untouched since its last rally. Considering that it is one of just 6 or 7 examples still in existence, this offers one of the last opportunities for collectors to acquire this factory Group B model developed by Citroën.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 417,200 €.


Lot 72
1978 Méhari

Offered without Reserve
Est: 22,000 – 28,000 €

Chassis n ° 09CA9090

This Méhari has been entirely rebuilt by Méhari Club Cassis with a galvanized frame and new body plastics. The car on offer is in the colours of the Mehari “Azur” and has a 2-seater registration card from 1978 and offered to the current owner in 2017, on the occasion of his birthday. It has covered only 205 km since the rebuild. It is in perfect presentation and working order.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 20,264 €.


Lot 73
1989 2CV6 Special

Offered without Reserve
Est: 15,000 – 20,000 €

Chassis n ° VF7AZKA00KA329095

The model on offer is one of the last examples made and is exceptional in more ways than one. It was bought new, as testified by the purchase order, on March 8, 1989 by the uncle of the current owner, who was an engineer at Citroën, and offered as a gift to his wife. The car has therefore never left the same family for 32 years. Additionally, this 2CV displays 5,720 km on the odometer and is in strictly original condition. Hardly used when new, the car was immobilized from 2001 to 2021. Sheltered from the ravages of time in excellent conditions in a heated basement, it did not suffer from this prolonged shutdown, which explains its incredible state of conservation today. In March 2021, it benefited from a complete overhaul at Citroën when it was restarted, with over € 1,300 spent. The tyres, which are still original, will of course need to be replaced, but the whole vehicle is in excellent state of preservation. It is in white Meije shade, combined with Chinese grey fabric upholstery with optional separate fronts seats.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 23,840 €.

Lot 84
1979 CX 2400 GTi

Est: 15,000 – 25,000 €

Chassis n ° 05ME 2090

The CX 2400 GTi appeared in 1977, powered by Bosch L Jetronic injection, with the engine now developing 128bhp, with the help of an electronic ignition, which gave the car a top speed of 185 km/h. A 5-speed gearbox was also fitted as standard, as well as fog lamps and attractive light alloy rims. Body moldings were matte black to give it a sportier look in keeping with its new GTi title. The car on offer was mechanically serviced in 2016 by the Dupleix garage in Choisy le Roi and then regularly maintained at Cuir & Chromes in Gargenville. It took part in the historic Monte Carlo rally and its Citroën heritage certificate is on record in the file.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Sold 16,092 €.


Lot 85
1973 DS 23 ie Pallas

Est: 50,000 – 70,000 €

Chassis n° 01FG6377

This DS has been completely restored recently by Cuir & Chrome in Gargenville. The chassis and openings have been cataphoretically treated, so that they are no longer subject to rust. Everything was redone as per good restoration practices (except the gearbox) and the result is astounding. Over € 60,000 has been invested in this professional restoration. The body, repainted in Beige “Tholonet”, (name of a village in Provence), the interior done in black leather and the charcoal grey wool carpets with light leather trims. The original radio has been converted and upgraded with a FM tuner and auxiliary socket for player, and a central locking controlled by a Blip has been installed.

Update — Nov. 5, 2021: Unsold.


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