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The Petitjean Collection.

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  • A race-car driver’s expansive collection of 96 classic vehicles will be auctioned off through RM Sotheby’s next month. 
  • Marcel Petitjean competed during the 1960s and 1970s, and spent the last five decades amassing a car collection with the intention of starting a museum. 
  • Petitjean’s collection is now worth up to $10 million, according to RM Sotheby’s estimates, and spans from the 1950s to the 1990s. 
  • The Petitjean Collection includes icons like a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, a 1968 Lamborghini Miura, a 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo, and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. 
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A former race-car driver’s stunning, 96-car collection will be auctioned off online through RM Sotheby’s from June 3 through June 11.

The stash, which carries an estimated value of up to $10 million, was amassed over decades by Marcel Petitjean, who competed in events around Europe during the 1960s and 1970s. According to RM Sotheby’s, Petitjean spent the past 50 years collecting classics with the intention of establishing his own motor museum. 

To that end, Petitjean snatched up a wide variety of rare and sought-after cars dating from the 1950s all the way through the 1990s. Some of the most notable cars include a 1968 Lamborghini Miura, a 1955 Aston Martin DB2, a 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo, and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that RM Sotheby’s estimates will rake in up to $1.2 million at auction

Tour some of the highlights of the Petitjean Collection below:

A race-car driver’s massive collection of classic cars that spans from the 1950s to the 1990s will be auctioned off through RM Sotheby’s in June.

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The Petitjean Collection.

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The stash was amassed by former race-car driver Marcel Petitjean, who competed in Europe during the 1960s and 1970s.

RM SOTHEBY S PRESENTS PETITJEAN COLLECTION OF NEARLY 100 HIGHLY ORIGINAL CLASSICS AT ESSEN SALE_1

The Petitjean Collection.

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For roughly the past five decades, Petitjean “lovingly built” the collection of classic cars, according to RM Sotheby’s.

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The Petitjean Collection.

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Wanting to start a museum, Petitjean bought a broad range of iconic cars from brands like Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, and many others.

1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S by Bertone_4

The Petitjean Collection.

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According to the auction house, many of the cars up for sale are highly original and have been in Petitjean’s collection for decades.

1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter_4

The Petitjean Collection.

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The stash includes cars ranging in price from under $10,000 to over $1 million.

1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster _1

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It comprises some of the most iconic supercars ever made, as well as some oddballs.

1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 _7

The Petitjean Collection.

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Here are some of the highlights.

1981 DeLorean DMC 12 _0

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Petitjean evidently had a thing for drop-tops from the 1950s and 1960s — the collection includes a 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster …

1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster _0

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… a 1955 Aston Martin DB2 valued at more than $200,000 …

1955 Aston Martin DB2_4 Drophead Coupe _0

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider …

1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider _7

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL …

1956 Mercedes Benz 190 SL _7

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1960 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet …

1960 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet by Reutter_0

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… and a 1968 Fiat Dino Spider.

1968 Fiat Dino Spider by Pininfarina_0

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Lest we forget Petitjean’s 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. One of the most desirable collector cars on today’s market, the 300SL is expected to fetch up to $1.2 million at auction.

1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster _0

The Petitjean Collection.

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There are plenty of classic coupes as well, like a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale …

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale by Bertone_0

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi …

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi by Touring_0 (1)

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… a 1963 Jaguar E-Type …

1963 Jaguar E Type Series 1 3 8 Litre Fixed Head Coupe _1

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… a 1965 Matra Djet V …

1965 Matra Djet V _0

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… and a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe that’s expected to bring in up to $175,000.

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe _0

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But the collection has something for everyone, even fans of good ol’ American muscle. There’s 1966 Ford Mustang …

1966 Ford Mustang Coupe _0

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… and a few Corvettes.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible _5

The Petitjean Collection.

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Petitjean had a first-generation ‘Vette from 1961 …

1961 Chevrolet Corvette _4

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A second-gen Sting Ray from 1963 …

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible _0

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… and a third-generation convertible version from 1968.

1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible _0

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Petitjean evidently had a soft spot for the wedge era of sports-car design, as he had a 1973 De Tomaso Pantera …

1973 De Tomaso Pantera _4

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… a 1978 Maserati Merak …

1978 Maserati Merak SS _0

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… a 1971 De Tomaso Mangusta …

1971 De Tomaso Mangusta

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… and a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12.

1981 DeLorean DMC 12 _5

The Petitjean Collection.

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Not to mention, Petitjean snatched up a whole range of desirable Lambos, including a 1968 Miura P400 that RM Sotheby’s estimates could bring in close to $900,000.

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone_0

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There’s also a 1970 Lamborghini Islero …

1970 Lamborghini Islero 400 GTS _0 (1)

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… a 1971 Lamborghini Espada …

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1971 Lamborghini Espada Series II by Bertone_4

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1971 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT …

1971 Lamborghini Jarama 400 GT _0

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… a 1974 Lamborghini Urraco …

1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 _29

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… and one of the most iconic Lambos ever, the Countach.

1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S by Bertone_0

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In case that wasn’t enough to choose from, the Petitjean Collection also includes a 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa …

1986 Lamborghini Jalpa _0

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… and a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo.

1991 Lamborghini Diablo _0

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And because life is all about balance, the collection has eight Lamborghinis as well as eight Porsches.

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe by Karmann_8

The Petitjean Collection.

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This 1964 904 GTS has been in Petitjean’s stash for 27 years and may sell for close to $1 million, according to pre-auction estimates.

1964 Porsche 904 GTS _4

The Petitjean Collection.

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The collection also includes a mid-engined Porsche 914 from 1971 …

1971 Porsche 914 1 7 _0

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… a 1976 Porsche 911 Targa …

1976 Porsche 911 Targa _0

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… a 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera …

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3 2 Coupe _1

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… and an air-cooled 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo that might sell for more than $100,000.

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo _4

The Petitjean Collection.

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Some quirky rides in the Petitjean Collection include a 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia …

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Cabriolet _0

The Petitjean Collection.

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… a 1996 Renault sport Spider that was one of 1,800 produced …

1996 Renault Sport Spider _0

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… a 1971 Citroën SM …

1971 Citroen SM

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… and a 1956 Porsche tractor worth that could be worth more than $20,000.

1956 Porsche Diesel Allgaier AP22 _0

The Petitjean Collection.

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Plus, there’s a 1990 BMW Z1 …

1990 BMW Z1 _0

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… with doors that retract into the Bimmer’s body rather than swinging out like in a normal car.

1990 BMW Z1 _4

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The Petitjean Collection of nearly 100 vehicles will be auctioned online, without reserve, during The European Sale, which takes place June 3 through June 11.

1991 Lamborghini Diablo

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