Article – On February 2 in Paris, RM Sotheby’s is handing out 28 Ferraris from the Alsatian Marcel Petitjean collection. Predominantly 70’s and 80’s GTs.
In the late 1960s Marcel Petitjean, an amateur driver and chief operating officer of Lamborghini in eastern France, had assembled a magnificent collection of around 150 vintage cars. It entrusted the sale of 96 of these to RM Sotheby’s in 2020. The catalog featured some collectors’ dream machines: nine Lamborghinis, including the Porsche 904 GTS, Miura and Countach LP400 S, 1962 Alfa Romeo SZ and Mercedes 300 SL Roadster. All of the vehicles offered for free were sold, resulting in a turnover of 7.3 million Euros. Marcel Petitjean still had his Ferrari collection saved for a second sale organized by RM Sotheby’s. This will take place on February 2 in Paris. Due to the postponement of the Automobile Festival, the sale of RM Sotheby’s will take place at the auction house rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré. As for the vehicles, they will appear in the parking lot at Place Vendôme. The catalog therefore contains 28 models decorated with the Cavallino Rampante. Predominantly GTs from the 1960s to 1980s.
Bringing together the foundations of Ferrari production in the 1970s and 1980s, the highlight of this collection is undoubtedly the 275 GTB/4 (chassis #09021). Mr Petitjean is quite exceptional, which he has had since 1969. The perfectly preserved burgundy beige interior berlinetta was displayed at the booth of Franco-Britannic Motors, then a Ferrari importer, at the 1966 Paris Motor Show. It was later sold to Parisian shoemaker Charles Jourdan. The 275 has traveled just 75,485 km since leaving the factory. It is estimated at between 1.7 and 2 million euros. Another Maranello legend, the 1964 250 GT Lusso has been one of the pearls of the Petitjean collection since 1986. The collection also includes a 56,798 km Daytona berlinetta purchased in 1979, a 1978 512 BB berlinetta estimated at between 170,000 and 230,000 euros.
The other flagship of this Ferrari collection is the 288 GTO, the first modern supercar to emerge from the home of Maranello. Mr. Petitjean is the second owner of this example, which has traveled only 9,559 km since it left the factory in 1985. The GTO is estimated to be between 2.4 and 2.6 million Euros. The 1996 Formula 1 F310 is a replica of Michael Schumacher’s single seat.
The sales catalog insists that the Alsatian collector has left his oldest Ferraris to enrich his collection with the latest machines, namely those produced after Enzo Ferrari’s death.
Note that all vehicles have been statically displayed for many years and none of them are in working condition.