Horch 853

1938 Horch 853 Cabriolet

Offered by Artcurial | Paris, France | February 3, 2012

In 1909, August Horch was forced out of the company that bore his name. Instead of pouting about it, he moved across town & set up Audi. In 1932, Horch became part of Auto Union, with DKW, Wanderer, and Audi. Shortly thereafter, Horch introduced a new series available on three different sized wheelbases.

There was the 850, 851 and this, the largest, the 853. These were solid cars that rivaled the grand Mercedes-Benz 500K and 540K models. Horch 853s were driven by the top echelon of German citizenry – politicians, industrialists, etc.

This car features a 5.0 liter straight 8 engine making 105 horsepower. Performance was acceptable – capable of 80+ mph. But, apparently, this car was carved out of a block of lead – it weighs nearly three tons!

While the 853 A is more desirable (120 HP), this 853 is still quite rare and valuable. The coachwork is beautiful and these cars just look unflappably solid. Artcurial is set to auction this at Retromobile in Paris and they estimate it between $410,000-$490,000. Horchs don’t come up for sale very often so here’s your chance to own a brilliant automobile. Find out more about the car here and more about the Retromobile sale here.

Update: Sold $520,732.

1913 Delaunay-Belleville

1913 Delaunay-Belleville Type O6 8L

Offered by Artcurial, Salon Rétromobile, Paris, February 3, 2012

Photo – Artcurial

The Type O6 was the most powerful car produced by Delaunay-Belleville prior to the First World War. It featured an 8-liter straight-six engine producing 100 horsepower at an insanely low, count-the-revs 1500 rpm. The car is capable of just over 70 mph.

These cars were sold as bare chassis with coachwork to be added later. This particular car retains its original coachwork from J. Rothschild & Sons. Over time, the hood had weakened and was replaced. The car was also repainted and mechanically refreshed – but not restored – in the 1980s.

This car was purchased new by Edward Daubree – part of the family that founded a little known company called “Michelin.” After World War I the car was given to his nephew and at the onset of the Second World War the wheels were removed from the car and walled up in a house, while the rest of the car was stashed in a different residence. The car was re-discovered in 1986 and brought back to life. It remains in the Michelin family as it has its entire existence. The car is being sold to raise funds for medical research.

Delaunay-Belleville cars are extremely rare and valuable as they were once near the height of French automobile production – being owned by royalty from France to Russia. They were out of production by the end of the 1920s and they rarely come up for sale. Here is a chance to own one with known ownership (the same family) from new. It’s a massive, amazing car with a fascinating history. Buy it.

The pre-sale estimate is a wide $525,000-$785,000. It is being sold for a charitable cause, but that shouldn’t have a huge impact on its selling price because it is worth a ton of money as it is. For a complete run down of this car, click here. To see the rest of Artcurial’s lineup, click here.

Update: Sold $600,834.

Update II: Sold, Bonhams Monterey 2016 $450,000.