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by Adam Lynton
Prince Albert II is looking to make room for some newer, sexier automobiles.
Monaco's royal family are having something of an automotive clear out according to the Daily Mail, who report that the Prince Albert II is set to auction off 38 cars from the family's impressive fleet. The late Rainier III spent 30 years compiling the stunning collection of over one hundred cars, which now reside at a Monaco museum. An eclectic mix of cars is to be let go including pre-war vehicles, American muscle, and small city runarounds.
There are plenty of affordable motors being offered, such as a 1971 Fiat 500 with Abarth plates and an estimated sale price of 9,000 Euros. A 1976 VW Beetle in 'very good condition' could be snapped up for as little as 4,000 Euros, while a 1973 Chevy Camaro 4.1-liter coupe is expected to sell for around 8,000-12,000 Euros. One of the highlights of the sale is a Porsche 928 S Coupe. Powered by a 4.7-liter V8, one of the Prince's personal cars is described as a 'very fine tourer' and should fetch in the region of 15,000 Euros.
A 1983 Mercedes-Benx 500 SEC AMG, which the Prince ordered as a special finish with lowered suspension, rear spoiler and integral paint should find a buyer for around 15,000 Euros. At the top end of the sale sits a 1913 Panhard & Levassor X19 roadster and a 1924 X47 limo from the same company with a Weyman body. These cars, rare and in superb condition, could well make 35,000 Euros in the auction. Artcurial Motorcars described the sale as a "unique opportunity to acquire a motor car from one of the most well-known collections, from the most famous and prestigious Principalities."
Prince Albert II added: "The Princes of Monaco have always been passionate about motor cars. Prince Pierre initiated the Grand Prix in 1929, and competed in it, in a Torpedo. My father, Prince Rainier, took over the development of the race, which has today become one of the most prestigious events in the world. "He also supported the Historic Grand Prix, which was established in 1997 and has enjoyed enormous success. "Together, we established a private collection of classic cars which is particularly close to my heart. I now wish to add some new models to the collection."
Other cars to be sold include a 1968 NSU Sport Prinz coupe, a 1925 Citroen 5 HP torpedo Trefle, a classic 1969 Siata Spring roadster, a 1955 Citroen Traction 11C Commerciale, a 1939 Simca 5, and a 1964 Dodge Dart. The auction will take place on 26 July in Monaco.