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The Petitjean Collection “Part II” at RM Sotheby’s Paris

Image: Alex Penfold, courtesy of RM Sotheby's

A second group of no-reserve cars from the Petitjean Collection will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction, which is scheduled for February 2. Monsieur Marcel Petitjean, a lifelong car enthusiast and former racing driver, began building the collection in the 1960s. “Part II” is comprised of 28 Ferrari road cars and comes after RM Sotheby’s offered 97 no-reserve lots of Mr. Petitjean’s in June of 2020.

The Part I of the collection amounted to €7.3m ($8.3m) in sales led by a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that achieved €759,000 ($861k). The Roadster was followed by a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 at €715,000 ($811k) and a 1964 Porsche 904 GTS that sold for €693,000 ($786k).

Image: Alex Penfold, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Headlining the all-Ferrari Part II of the collection is a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO in Rosso Corsa over Nero leather. First delivered to German race car driver Bepp Mayer, the GTO was ordered with many options including air conditioning, power windows and a radio. Bepp retained the car for 14 years when it was then acquired by Petitjean. One of only 272 produced and having accumulated less than 10k kilometers, this is one of the nicest 288 GTOs in existence. (Estimate: €2,400,000 – €2,600,000)

Image: Alex Penfold, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Another star is the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, chassis number 09021. The first production example built out of 330, the four-cam Ferrari was displayed at the 1966 Paris Salon de l’Automobile. 09021 was then used as a demonstrator before being sold to Charles Jourdan, the famous Parisian fashion designer. Petitjean purchased the car two years later, on October 8, 1969. It has been part of his collection since. (Estimate: €1,700,000 – €2,000,000)

Image: Alex Penfold, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Further highlights include a 1964 Ferrari GT/L Berlinetta in Argento over Rosso leather (Est: €900k – €1.1m), and a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series II cabriolet (Est: €850k – €1.1m). The Series II has been part of the Petitjean Collection for 26 years and retains its matching-numbers engine and rear axle.

Click here to check out the entirety of Part II of the Petitjean Collection

See all of RM Sotheby’s Paris offerings here