A Century of Citroën

An auction is being hosted in celebration in honour of the centennial of French car company Citroën at the Château de la Ferté Vidame in the Loire Valley.

A Century of Citroën

More than 50,000 auto enthusiasts are expected at Château de la Ferté Vidame from 19 to 21 July 2019 to attend the long-awaited Centennial of Citroën. Hosted in an idyllic rural setting, this weekend organised by and for car lovers will be an opportunity for French auction house Aguttes to pay tribute to the brand of the double chevrons.

Image © Aguttes
Image © Aguttes

As part of a unique collaboration with the brand, the Parisian auction house will offer a sale of 70 Citroën models, in addition to a hundred lots of exceptional automobilia. The Aguttes on Wheels team worked hard to meet the expectations of their audience, and in just three months - with two auctions to be organised at the same time - traveled all over Europe to meet and convince the biggest fans and collectors of Citroën to offer their cars and automobilia. The dispersion of this tailor-made selection, which the experts and organisers call 'The Sale of the Century', will be one of the major attractions of the weekend. 

Aguttes promises a good range of eras and models, ranging from the revolutionary 10hp type A to the already legendary C6, and antique models to the most recent 'Youngtimers', all cars will appeal to the scholarly collector.

Image © Aguttes
Image © Aguttes

We will find a dozen Tractions (first revolutionary monocoque body that would outclass its rivals for 15 years from 1934), available in various bodies, such as 13 DS or ID, including four special bodies. To note, this Citroën Traction 11 AL ex Jean-Paul Cardinal of 1936, has been certified as authentic and underwent a high quality restoration.

The two Citroën CVs will be in the game with a large number of models, including this Citroën 2 CV6 from 1990 with only nine kilometres on its odometer, one of the world's two less-horsepower CVs. Several SMs, a new C6 from 2012, and five CX Breaks were also announced, including a 1989 'unique configuration' Citroën CX Prestige Turbo 2, produced under a special order from a French manufacturer. Finally, a nice selection of pre-war models will complete the anthology. 

Image © Aguttes
Image © Aguttes

From 17 to 21 July, Citroën, the Citroën Centennial Celebration Association and Aguttes will perpetuate the legacy of Andre Citroën, the founder of the brand, and make this event the 'Rally of the Century' special in tribute to him.

Image © Aguttes
Image © Aguttes

The Aguttes on Wheels team has a history of putting on grand celebrations: last year, at Espace Champerret, they erected a temporary museum and welcomed more than 500 visitors to the exhibition preceding the auction. The house recorded nearly 60% of lots sold then, plus a realisation rate of 70% at their spring sale, and more than 2.4 million euros in over-the-counter sales. This spirit of success is sure to carry over to the Centennial of Citroën this summer.

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