RM Sotheby's The Petitjean Collection - February 2, 2022
Volume 47 Issue 05
Mar 6, 2022
RM auctions the Marcel Petitjean collection at Retromobile. The no reserve sale cars all needed recommissioning. Buyers didn't seem to care.
Monsieur Marcel Petitjean collected nearly 100 automobiles.
Over a fifty year time span he was able to collect many examples from various manufacturers. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, De Tomaso, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Mercedes and Porsche were just a few of the models he collected.
The automobiles were stored in a dry climate and under covers. Many of the vehicles have not been serviced or moved since they arrived into storage.
Every Ferrari was offered at no reserve.
It must be taken into account each of these Ferraris may require extensive repairs to be brought to running and driving condition. They may also require extensive detail or paint work to be brought up to today’s standards.
As you review the prices realized, keep these points in mind. It would appear buyers didn’t care. The cost of commissioning makes most of these sales expensive.
250 GT PF CABRIOLET SERIES II, 1941 GT (1960). Red with black leather. Estimate: €850,000 to €1.1 million. Originally finished in Grigio Conchiglia with rosso leather and vinyl interior. Delivered to Ferrari Representatives of California in June 1960, and subsequently sold to its first owner in California. At some point in the 1960s or early 1970s it was subject to a “covered headlight” conversion by Tom Meade. In 1976 it was in Morristown, New Jersey, and was next offered in February 1987 in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is believed that it was sold to Europe at this time. Acquired by Monsieur Petitjean at an auction in Monaco in May 1995. In 2005 the engine was fully rebuilt. In 2015 and 2016 it was exhibited at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, for the French Riviera Classic Motor Show. In 2017, it was shown at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat held on the Côte d’Azur, where it achieved first prize in the “Moderne” category. Please note, this car will need a full service prior to use. Lot 129. Sold for €1.14 million.
250 GTE 2+2 SERIES III, S/N 4339 GT (1963). Red with black leather. Estimate €230,000 to €300,000. Completed in April 1963, it was delivered new in Italy, finished in Argento with black leather interior. Monsieur Petitjean acquired this 250 GTE in 1986. The previous owner acquired the car around 1975 and had it restored by Piet Roelofs in Holland from 1977 to 1978. Monsieur Petitjean has kept the car’s presentation “as acquired” with a red finish and black leather interior. It will require recommissioning prior to road use. Some rust can be seen at the bottom of the doors. Accompanied by a copy of the August 1981 issue of Ahet Automobiel magazine no. 17, in which the car was the subject of an article. 87,714 km. Lot 133. Sold for €258,125.
250 GT/L, S/N 5361 GT (1964). Argento with rosso leather. Estimate €900,000 to €1.1 million. Manufactured in February 1964, and it was sold new into Switzerland. Added to Monsieur Petitjean’s collection in 1986 and has remained on static display since. Fitted with a set of wider Borrani wire wheels. A recommissioning is recommended prior to use. Lot 134. Sold for €1,186,250.
330 GT 2+2 SERIES I, S/N 5963 GT (1964). Blue with beige leather. Estimate €170,000 to €200,000. Sold in June 1964 to its first owner in France, finished in Verde Scuro with beige interior and specified with a luggage shelf and straps. Monsieur Petitjean acquired it in 1986 from a private French owner in Nantes, who drove the car regularly. Now finished in blue while retaining its original beige leather interior. Matching numbers-engine and correct rear axle. A recommissioning is recommended prior to use. Lot 124. Sold for €212,750.
330 GT 2+2 SERIES II, S/N 8475 GT (1966). Dark blue with rosso leather. Estimate €190,000 to €230,000. It left the factory clad in Grigio Fumo and rosso leather and power windows. Delivered in April 1966 to its first French owner, later becoming part of the Petitjean Collection in 1986. In the 1990s it was repainted in dark blue it presents in today. Borrani wire wheels were also added at this time. The rosso leather interior remains untouched. Will require recommissioning before returning to road use. 67,818 km. Lot 113. Sold for €195,500.
275 GTB/4, S/N 09021 (1966). Rosso Rubino with beige interior. Estimate €1.7 million to €2 million. Built in September 1966 and immediately bound for the Paris Salon de l’Automobile. After the Paris Salon it was used as a demonstrator and made various press appearances including a review in the June 1967 edition of Sport Auto. Shortly after this test it was sold to its first private owner. He enjoyed his GTB/4 for two years before it passed to its second owner, Monsieur Petitjean, on 8 October 1969. It was used enthusiastically in its younger years, driving to and from race meetings, before being dry stored as part of the private museum. At the beginning of the 1970s, an issue resulted in the need for an engine rebuild and was fitted with competition pistons. Later in the car’s life it was fitted with a replacement transaxle. It retains its original matching engine, along with books (minus the pouch and “Bulletin de Garantie”). It retains its original bumpers, and aside from a couple of replacement patches of leather (black bolster sides for the seats), the interior is believed to be largely original. It is recommended a recommissioning program be carried out prior to use. Lot 135. Sold for €2.4 million.
330 GTC, S/N 10833 (1968). Yellow with black interior. Estimate €300,000 to €400,000. First delivered to Rome, Italy, in January 1968 and finished in Argento with rosso. In the 1970s the car was exported to the U.S. and by 1979 was offered for sale in Texas repainted in red and fitted with new black leather interior. In 1982 the car was repainted black and had several owners in Texas and Georgia before returning to Europe in 1986. Monsieur Petitjean acquired this car in 1987. He had the car repainted yellow and equipped with Borrani wire wheels. A recommissioning program is recommended prior to use. 90,045 km. Lot 115. Sold for €432,500.
365 GT 2+2, S/N 11527 (1968). Grigio Argento with rosso leather. Estimate €120,000 to €170,000. Originally finished in Grigio Argento with beige leather interior and delivered new to France in June 1968. In 1985, Monsieur Petitjean added this Ferrari to his collection, acquiring it from a property developer in Strasbourg. It has since had its interior reupholstered in rosso leather. Having been on static display for many years, the Ferrari will need a full recommissioning before returning to road use. 40,341 km. Lot 132. Sold for €184,000.
365 GTC/4, S/N 15855 (1972). Blu Ortis with pelle nera Congola interior. Estimate €120,000 to €170,000. Delivered new in May 1972 in Italy, and Monsieur Petitjean acquired the car in 1996 from a private individual in Paris. The car remains in the state in which Monsieur Petitjean purchased the car 25 years ago. The odometer reads 30,597 km. It should be noted that this car will need mechanical recommissioning before returning to the road. Lot 125. Sold for €201,250.
365 GTB/4, S/N 12565 (1972). Rosso Chiaro with nero interior. Estimate €340,000 to €420,000. Delivered new to the Hamburg area of Germany in March 1973, this example was acquired by Monsieur Petitjean in 1979 with around 54,000 original km. The interior is in original condition. As a model made for the German market, unique features include octagonal wheel nuts, and orange front indicators, also seen on the U.K. and U.S.A. versions. It is recommended that a recommissioning program be carried out prior to use. 56,798 km. Lot 126. Sold for €522,500.
365 GT4 BB, S/N 18577 (1975). Black with beige interior. Estimate €200,000 to €300,000. Originally Azzurro with beige leather upholstery. According to the consignor, the first owner wanted a gloss black car but could not order one, so bought this car and had it resprayed, retaining the beige interior and blu carpets. Purchased by Monsieur Petitjean in 1978 and during his ownership, the car has been fitted with rear rims from a 512 BB and clad in competition Michelin tires. The odometer displays 25,278 km. The car will require recommissioning before returning to road use. Jack, tool kit, and a leather pouch with the user’s manual and a spare parts catalogue dated July 1974. Lot 112. Sold for €281,750.
365 GT4 2+2, S/N 18813 (1975). Blu Ortis with bianca interior. Estimate €40,000 to €60,000. Manufactured in December 1975. Supplied to its first owner in France via the importer Charles Pozzi SA, this vehicle apparently stayed with the same family until 2008, when Monsieur Petitjean added it to his collection. Odometer showing 54,780 km. The engine has been replaced by another from a 365 GT4 2+2, but numbers on the gearbox and rear axle match build records. The car will require recommissioning before returning to road use. The brake master cylinder and servo are missing, while the body is dented in several places. The interior is marked and will need to be cleaned. Lot 128. Sold for €55,200.
512 BB, S/N 23861 (1978). Silver with black leather, black Boxer trim. Estimate €170,000 to €230,000. Sold new in France, this had been imported into the United States by the mid-1980s. In June 1984, the car was in Utah. In June 1988, the car was sold and offered for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter. In August 1988, the car was sold to a dealer in Miami, Florida, and subsequently sold to Europe where it was with previous owners in France and Monaco. The car is newly acquired by Monsieur Petitjean and is presented with 30,862 km. Lot 120. Sold for €263,750.
400i AUTOMATIC, VIN ZFFEB06B000049477 (1984). Marrone Colorado with sabbia interior featuring shades of brown, cream and tan. Estimate €35,000 to €50,000. Acquired by Monsieur Petitjean from a German collector in 2009, the Ferrari has been kept in the same condition since then. The 400i will require recommissioning prior to road use. 63,625 km. With jack, tool kit, service book and one original starting key. Lot 110. Sold for €51,750.
TESTAROSSA ‘Monospecchio’, ZFFTA17B000061337 (1986). Rosso corsa with cream and brown leather. Estimate €80,000 to €120,000. Brought into France by importer Pozzi, and has been owned by its consignor since 2005. The odometer reads 56,470 km. Will need mechanical recommissioning to get back on the road, having been on static display for some years. Lot 131. Sold for €178,250.
308 GT4, S/N 08580 (1974). Dark blue with beige interior. Estimate €40,000 to €60,000. Produced in June 1974 and delivered to its first French owner later that year. Originally finished in Marrone Metallizzato with beige leather and cloth interior. Monsieur Petitjean purchased this Dino in 1996. At the time of purchase the car retained its original interior but had been repainted in the shade of blue exhibited today. It has remained on static display for the past 25 years, it will require recommissioning prior to use. Lot 116. Sold for €71,300.
308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’, S/N 20545 (1976). Red with beige leather. Estimate €75,000 to €110,000. Manufactured in December 1976 and left the factory finished in Azzurro with beige leather. Delivered to its first owner in Italy. The odometer reads 17,229 km. Lot 118. Sold for €158,700.
308 GTB, S/N 24463 (1978). Red with beige interior. Estimate €60,000 to €80,000. Manufactured in May 1978. It left the factory finished in Blu Sera with crema upholstery. The car is understood to have been supplied to its first owner in France, who kept the car for 25 years. The next owner retained the Ferrari for 17 years, then Monsieur Petitjean acquired it in 2020, having undergone €22,000-worth of recommissioning work around the same time. The roof bears the signature of Michael Schumacher. According to the consignor, the car was signed while Schumacher was on his way to a helipad to travel to the Monaco Grand Prix, as confirmed in writing by a policeman in charge of Schumacher’s security. Lot 123. Sold for €80,500.
308 GTS, S/N 24821 (1978). Bianco Polo with blu leather. Estimate €60,000 to €80,000. This example has been in the ownership of Monsieur Petitjean since 1983, having acquired it from the south of France. This car will need recommissioning, having been stood on static display for a number of years. With low front spoiler and optional 16-inch wheels. Lot 127. Sold for €101,200.
308 GTS, S/N 27005 (1978). Metallic Blu with bianca leather. Estimate €60,000 to €80,000. Monsieur Petitjean bought the car from a doctor on the Côte d´Azur in 1986, who had bought the Ferrari from its first owner. Showing 15,566 km. It has remained on static display for a number of years and will require mechanical recommissioning work before being driven. Lot 114. Sold for €115,000.
308 GTSi ‘Project’, VIN ZFFHA02B000042679 (1982). Red with beige interior. Estimate €50,000 to €70,000. This 308 GTSi left the factory in June 1982. Dispatched to Belgium, where it was first sold and registered, and later purchased in 1989 by Roger Baillon, curator of The Baillon Collection. Sold to Monsieur Petitjean at auction the following year and is presented with an expired carte grise that maintains its connection to Baillon. It has been kept in a ventilated air chamber to preserve the state it was recovered. The current engine is believed to be a replacement unit from a 3.2-litre Quattrovalvole. Requires a total restoration. Lot 130. Sold for €34,500.
308 GTB QV, VIN ZFFLA12B000050703 (1984). Red with crema leather. Estimate €40,000 to €60,000. It left the factory in March 1984, finished in nero with crema interior and believed to be destined for Spain. After 12 years on the road, it was added to Monsieur Petitjean’s collection, where it has remained on static display for around 27 years. The odometer displays 50,703 km. The car will require recommissioning before returning to use on the road. Lot 121. Sold for €71,875.
288 GTO, VIN ZFFPA16B000055169 (1984). Rosso corsa with nero leather. Estimate €2.4 million to €2.6 million. Delivered midway through the production run to a German racing driver. Optioned with air conditioning, power windows and a radio. He kept the car for two years, selling to the next owner in Switzerland. During the sale to its third owner, Monsieur Petitjean, it was confirmed that it had 6,986 km from new, and a full service was carried out as documented by the set of books provided. Since joining the Petitjean Collection in December 1998, used sparingly so only a further 2,600 km have been covered. Original tools. On static display for several years, it would be recommended that a recommissioning is carried out prior to use. Lot 119. Sold for €3.46 million.
MONDIAL 3.2 CABRIOLET, VIN ZFFW026B000068599 (1986). Rosso corsa with nero interior. Estimate €35,000 to €50,000. Black soft-top. Its first owner is understood to have fitted different Ferrari wheels, and also lowered the car. In the ownership of Monsieur Petitjean since 1989. Used regularly until 2000, at which point it was put on static display in his collection, so will require mechanical recommissioning before returning to road use. The odometer reads 33,308 km. User manual and service book in a leather pouch, jack and tool roll. Lot 122. Sold for €51,750.
328 GTS, VIN ZFFWA20B000069913 (1987). Rosso corsa with crema leather. Estimate €50,000 to €60,000. Acquired by Monsieur Petitjean in 1988. Allegedly showed around 10,000 km when bought from a German dealership, at which point their workshop lowered the suspension for a sportier look. Showing 32,470 km, which is believed to be original. Service book, user manual and pouch, as well as jack, tool roll, and vinyl roof cover. Note that this car will require mechanical recommissioning, having been on static display for a number of years, and the headlight lens is cracked on the front-left side. Lot 109. Sold for €86,250.
MONDIAL T COUPE, VIN ZFFKD32B000080155 (1989). Nero with crema leather. Estimate €30,000 to €50,000. In the Petitjean Collection from prior ownership in Belgium in 2007. Odometer reads 55,644 km. It has been on static display for some years and will require mechanical recommissioning work before returning to use on the road. In particular, it is in need of clutch repairs. Factory-supplied service book. Lot 136. Sold for €36,800.