Rare classic cars to be auctioned

A wide selection of classic cars, some owned by the rich and famous, are to be auctioned at an Artcurial Motorcars event in Paris.

Headlining the event will be the Ferrari 250 GT California owned by French screen writer and former husband of Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim.

The California, complete with original hard top and covered headlights, is expected to fetch up to four million euros.

Another exciting car on sale is the 1913 Delaunay Belleville 81 Type 0.6, which had been owned by the same family since 1918.

The car has an intriguing history, having been taken apart and hidden during World War II and only found again in 1984.

Also of note is the Ferrari F40 owned by Nigel Mansell, which is expected to sell for between 320,000 and 400,000 euros, and a highly customised Citron DS film production car.

The auction will be held on February 3 in hall 4.3 of the Retromobile show in Parc des Expositions, Paris.

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