If there’s one thing that drives us crazy, it’s the small sports berlinettas built in small series during the 40s and 50s.
As we all know 80% of these cars were produced on a Fiat basis, but some were not, as in the case of this Panhard X86, imported (as a chassis) in Italy by Gastone Crepaldi, the official (and pilot) importer of Panhard and later, from 1957, official Ferrari dealer in Milan until the end of the 90s.
The car was then bodied with an elegant body shop from Allemano, a big name in the business, and toured Italy until it was scrapped. In 1979 a collector found her in the scrap yard on the outskirts of Milan, saving her from an unworthy end. Unfortunately this unknown collector died the following year, and the car passed into the hands of another collector who restored it, entered it at the 1980 Mille Miglia and basically no longer used since. After almost 40 years the car has purchased a beautiful patina and will be auctioned by Artcurial on June 17th, with an estimate of € 100,000 – 150,000 (today $ 112,000 – 167,000). Thanks to David for this tip!