Who wants to buy Johnny Hallyday’s red car ?


Sotheby’s will be auctioning a 300 horsepower Iso Grifo A3-C on February 7 in Paris, which belonged to the recently deceased singer. The car is estimated at three million euros.
If you are the head of a large family, do not expect to get everyone in. The Iso Grifo A3-C, which will be auctioned on 7 February in Paris for the Rétromobile trade show, has only two seats. Produced in only ten copies, this model was designed in 1964 by automotive engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, passed by Ferrari. The aluminum alloy body for aeronautics, is signed Bertone. And the model auctioned by Sotheby’s had a first famous owner, Johnny Hallyday , who had bought this monster of 300 horses in November 1965, a few months after his marriage with Sylvie Vartan. She changed color The Iso Grifo A3-C has less than 26,000 km on the odometer. Dark red, with black leather seats, when driven by Jean-Philippe Smet, with a plate 75, the car then changed hands and colors (white, blue …) before finding a red more clear and to be exhibited at the Museum of the Automobile, in Lohéac (Ille-et-Vilaine). Its last owner acquired the vehicle in 2014. “The presence of an Iso Grifo A3-C is extraordinarily rare in itself. Add to it its exceptional provenance and you have an absolutely unique opportunity for collectors » says Augustin Sabatié-Garat, head of car auction at RM Sotheby’s Europe. Johnny and the fury of living The car with a 5.3-liter Chevrolet V8 mid-engined engine is estimated at 3 million euros, a price higher than its rating, which is explained by the fact that Johnny Hallyday was the first to take the wheel. All his life, the singer died December 6, at 74 years , owned sports cars or powerful motorcycles. “Driving a car is great. At the wheel of a sports car, I feel the same sensations as when I go on stage, alone in front of the public ” he had said in an interview.


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