Auction Preview – Artcurial Sale Automobiles en Scène

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Next week (June 17, 2019) in Paris, Artcurial is hosting the Sale Automobiles en Scène. As you can probably determine from the title, most of the 85 listings are cars (and there’s some fantastic ones). There’s also 3 bikes, so let’s see what they’ve got in store:

1.) 2003 Harley-Davidson V-ROD Anniversary Edition – no reserve, estimated to sell between $13,400 – $17,867.

Harley-Davidson celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2003, but they made some news the year before with the debut of the un-Harley-like V-ROD. MCN summarized it by saying:
“…water cooling, loads of power, handling that could embarrass a badly ridden sportsbike and brakes that stop fast were totally novel on a Harley. Diehards refuse to accept them but the Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod’s a tempting package.”

The 2003 models were dubbed “100th Anniversary” editions, and they got silver paint with a special tank logo.

2.) 1948 “Loubet Special” Triumph Tiger – no reserve, estimated to sell between $7,817 – $11,167.

This homebrew special was built by Jacques Loubet, a mechanic in Toulouse France. He built the frame himself and then stuffed it with a Tiger 500 motor, BSA transmission, Terrot fork, and his own “very original single swingarm rear oleopneumatic suspension.” It’s been off the road since 1970, but it deserves to come back to life. Even if you’re not interested in bidding, you should check out the 31 photos that are provided for this bike.

3.) 1956 Maserati Regolarità Scrambler – no reserve, estimated to sell between $12,284 – $16,751.

This one’s confusing as there’s basically no information available on it. Artcurial suggests that this was “probably” built as an off-road from the factory, and that it was restored two years ago. Frankly, I’ve got nothing, except I think it’s lovely. Silodrome has some more information, including the fun story of why the Maserati car and Maserati motorcycle companies used the same logo even though they were completely independent.

Click here for all the listings.

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