An ultra-rare 1952 Gordini Type 15S Barquette (Sport Barchetta), proved to be the Chatelaine of Chantilly and the top lot in today’s Bonhams sale taking place at the prestigious Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille.

Following a bidding battle, the Gordini 15S sold for an impressive total of € 708,000 to a European buyer in the room, who earned applause from the chic visitors attending the motoring garden party.

The purchaser, a private collector and historic racer, is now the proud owner of a rare piece, one of only two built, the other belongs to the renowned Schlumpf Collection in France’s national motor museum in Mulhouse. This remarkable motor car also has a fascinating history. It was driven, among others by the great Juan-Manuel Fangio, Jen Behra, Robert Manzon, Prince Bira of Siam and Aldo Gordini.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motoring: “We are delighted that the Gordini will remain in Europe and we look forward to perhaps seeing it displayed at Chantilly in the near future!”

Other highlights from the Bonhams Chantilly Sale:

1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1, first owned by the Belgian Baron Maurice Solvay, realised €212,400.
1962 Citroën DS Décapotable, a rare and highly-desirable early ‘ashtray’ model, achieved €182,900.
1965 Fiat 500 Elégance Beach, built by Carrozzeria Savio and displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, achieved €87,320.
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Coupé, designed by Bertone and offered in stunning condition, realised €89,680.