The upcoming Osenat auction will be held in Fontainebleau, France on 23 March. There are many names that will be appearing on the catalogue that rarely appear in sales held by auction houses located in the States or the UK. In the early 20th century the French automobile scene was blooming with local automakers such as Gardner Serpollet and Amilcar, while in a later stage names such as Talbot and Delahaye were rising to fame. However, many of these are yesterday’s glory and are now defunct. Although the specific French vintages may not be the main interest of most collectors’, the auction catalogue does provide an interesting read for tapping into this category.
Apart from these almost forgotten names, the auction also covers something more familiar for modern collectors, including the 1939 Citroën Traction 11L Cabriolet, 1957 Jaguar XK 140 SE Fixed Head Coupé and the more contemporary 1989 Ferrari Testarossa or even a 2012 Morgan three wheeler. With the oldest cars among the 83 lots being the 1898 Delahaye Type 0, the sale interestingly covers over a century of automobile evolution.