1964 AC Cobra 289 to top $2.3m at Le Mans on July 5?

A 1964 AC Cobra 289 MKII will headline Artcurial Motorcars' July 5 auction at the Le Mans circuit with a $1.7m-2.3m estimate.

The lot was produced by British manufacturer AC, with Ford providing the engine. It's regarded today as one of the finest pairings of lightweight European chassis and powerful American V8.

Le Mans Cobra
The AC Cobra features an American V8 on a British chassis

It was first purchased by Count Jean de Montemart in 1964 and was entered into Le Mans that same year, where it finished in 18th place.

After changing hands a couple of times during the 1960s it was discovered abandoned in a car park and towed to a scrap yard, where an AC enthusiast spotted it and bought it as a project.

A 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is valued at $1.4m-1.6m.

The model is among the most desirable the marque ever produced, with this example imported from California to Germany during the 1960s.

Since it was purchased, the car has covered only 20,000km - ensuring that it remains in exceptional condition.

Examples of the 300 SL, particularly the Gullwing variation, can achieve huge sums at auction. In September 2012, one example dating to 1955 sold for £2.4m ($3.8m) at RM Auctions' London sale.

We have this racing jacket owned by legendary actor and racing driver Paul Newman.

Love classic cars? Why not sign up here for our free newsletter?

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock