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Prince Of Monaco Selling Down The Family Car Collection


A 1971 Fiat 500, part of Prince Ranier III's collection

A 1971 Fiat 500, part of Prince Ranier III's collection

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Monaco’s Prince Ranier III was known as an avid collector of cars. Unlike many with a passion for accumulating automobiles, though, Prince Ranier didn’t seem to narrow his focus down to a particular brand, era or even type of car.

In fact, his amassed collection includes everything from World War II Allied military vehicles though brass-era roadsters and cars that would be considered only marginally interesting by most serious collectors.

Does the world need an exquisitely preserved 1968 NSU Sport Prinz Coupe, or a 1976 Volkswagen Bug in pristine, unmolested condition? Is a 1971 Fiat 500 with Abarth accessories rare enough to be collectible? How about a 1982 Porsche 928 S coupe?

As Autoblog explains, that’s likely the logic behind the decision to auction off part of the family’s extensive collection. Prince Albert II (himself a Lexus man) is offering up some 38 examples of automotive eccentricity at a July 26 auction in Monaco, and there appears to be something for just about every collector, across a wide variety of prices.

A 1942 Dodge Command Car, part of Prince Ranier III's collection

A 1942 Dodge Command Car, part of Prince Ranier III's collection

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If a 1964 Dodge Dart with royal ownership (expected to sell between $7,500 and $10,000) isn’t your style, perhaps we can entice you to bid on a no-reserve 1973 Camaro, complete with its original in-line six engine and an expected selling price of $10,000 - $15,000.

Interested? You’ll find a complete auction listing on the Artcurial website.
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