On Friday one major action was held while another closed and now the full results are in. With La Parisienne, Artcurial held a live at Hotel Dassault in Paris. The €18.3 million sale was topped by the 1972 Le Mans winning Matra MS670 that was offered directly by Matra owners, the Lagardière Group. It found a new owner for nearly €7 million including buyers' premium and VAT, and is to date the most expensive car sold at auction in 2021.
Also grabbing headlines was Michel Hommell's Group B collection, which sold very well. The most impressive result was achieved by this Audi Sport Quattro S1, which sold for just over €2 million; the highest price ever paid for a Group B car at auction.
Californian auctioneer Gooding held their second European based sale with the online only, single owner European & Sporting Collection sale. All nine lots sold with the auction topped by this recently restored Aston Martin DB4 GT that found a new owner for £2.75 million. Interestingly, that is almost twice as much as a sister car that sold at Artcurial on the same day.
On the same day, Audi revealed the second generation RS 3 LMS. Again aimed at the TCR sanctioned touring car races around the world, the compact racer has big shoes to fill as the first generation machine scored 279 victories in the 1,051 races the four-cylinder Audi competed in. Although the actual power figures and weight are determined by a balance of performance to create a level playing field, the RS 3 LMS has a reworked four-cylinder engine that is capable of at least 340 hp.

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1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT (DB4GT/0144/L)

1988 Audi Sport Quattro S1 (85ZGA905016)

1972 Matra MS670 (MS670-01)

2021 Audi RS 3 LMS