- RM Sotheby’s is hosting a European auction that includes the Petitjean Collection.
- The Petitjean Collection has almost 100 cars and all of them will be offered without reserve.
- Nine Lamborghinis, stretching across the brand’s storied history, are one of the auction’s centerpieces.
- The auction will open on June 3.
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Another online-only car auction is going up on the block.
For its European Sale auction, auction house RM Sotheby’s decided to shift to an online-only affair, similar to its ongoing Driving into Summer online-only auction. In particular, it will feature the Petitjean Collection, offered entirely without reserve.
The Petitjean Collection is an incredible single-owner collection that took half a century to amass, according to RM Sotheby’s. Marcel Petitjean, its current owner, is a French ex-race car driver that put his money toward a collection of rare and valuable cars starting in the late 1960s with the intention of starting a museum.
He seemed to have a particular affinity for Lamborghinis as there are nine in the collection.
The auction house says that though the cars have been kept in a dry storage facility, they haven’t been driven in years and will need recommissioning if a buyer wants to drive them.
The Petitjean Collection will go up for auction between June 3 to June 11. There are nearly 100 cars in the collection, including two Porsche tractors and nine Lamborghinis: two Countach models, a Diablo, an Espada, an Islero, a Jalpa, a Jarama, a Miura, and an Urraco.
Keep scrolling to see them all.
There are almost 100 cars in the Petitjean Collection, which will be for sale without reserve as part of RM Sotheby’s online-only European Sale auction on June 3 to June 11. Nine of them are very special Lamborghinis.
This is a 1971 Lamborghini Espada.
The Espadas are easily identifiable through their extensive use of rear glass.
Here’s another look at it. It looks like a greenhouse.
The interior has some gorgeous wood trim.
And it could seat four!
This is a 1971 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT.
It’s one of the rarest Lamborghinis ever made.
A mere 177 400 GT models were ever produced.
Unfortunately, there’s some engine damage on this one that needs repairing.
It was added to the collection in 2010.
Ah, the 1968 Lamborghini Miura.
It is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
It has a mid-mounted, 4.0-litre V12 engine.
The Miura is also recognised as the world’s first supercar.
It was also apparently the fastest production car of its time.
This one is estimated to sell for at least $US760,000.
The 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa, on the other hand, looks far less radical than the Miura.
It still maintains those beautiful mid-engine proportions, though.
It was supposed to be an entry-level sports car.
Basically, the Gallardo of its day.
That blocky instrument cluster is cool
This one is a 1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250.
Lamborghini only ever made 520 Urracos.
It was intended as a competitor for the Ferrari Dino and Alfa Romeo Montreal.
All the gauges lined up in a row like that is a good look.
This particular one has a replacement engine.
The 1970 Lamborghini Islero is perhaps the least-known Lamborghini.
Lamborghini only built 226 Isleros.
Their styling shows restraint and class. Ferruccio Lamborghini himself drove one.
Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal Islero wasn’t just any old Islero, however. It used a Miura-spec V12 engine and wore a gorgeous coat of powder-blue paint.
This isn’t the only Lamborghini Countach in the Petitjean Collection.
But it is a 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S.
It has just 13,800 km on the clock, which is approximately 8,600 miles.
It’s finished in a lovely dark blue paint.
The inside is also blue but with white seat insets.
This is the other Countach in the collection — a 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP500 S.
Unlike the rounded lines of the Miura, the Countach’s looks are made of sharp angles and straight lines.
The engine produces 375 horsepower.
It’s a 4.8-litre V12. Naturally aspirated, of course.
The car has a claimed top speed of 160 mph.
This red one has fewer than 9,000 miles on the clock.
RM Sotheby’s expects it to sell for at least $US272,000.
The interior is perfect.
Then there’s this 1991 Lamborghini Diablo.
The Diablo replaced the long-running Countach.
It represents Lamborghini’s foray into the ‘90s and thus more modern times.
This was a car that definitely adorned many bedroom posters.
The interior is pretty refined despite what the car looks like on the outside.
Be sure to check out RM Sotheby’s European Sale and the Petitjean Collection when the auction opens on June 3.
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