Thursday, July 26, 2012

Princely Cars Up for Auction

His late Serene Highness Prince Rainier III was a great fan of automobiles and accumulated quite an extensive car collection. It would pale in comparison to that of Jay Leno, but quite extensive nonetheless, some 100 cars which have been on display in their own museum in Monaco ever since. Times do tend to change though (much as I dislike it) and it seems a "reorganization" of the car collection is underway. As a part of this, HSH Prince Albert II is putting some 38 of these vehicles up for auction. Are you in the market for a new car? If so, you could own a Fiat 500, a 76 VW Beetle, a Chevy Camaro, a Porsche 928 S Coupe, a 1983 Mecedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG, a 69 Siata Spring roadster and even a 64 Dodge Dart -if the price is right of course. On the subject of the auction, Prince Albert II said that, "The Princes of Monaco have always been passionate about motor cars. Prince Pierre initiated the Grand Prix in 1929, and competed in it, in a Torpedo. My father, Prince Rainier, took over the development of the race, which has today become one of the most prestigious events in the world. He also supported the Historic Grand Prix, which was established in 1997 and has enjoyed enormous success. Together, we established a private collection of classic cars which is particularly close to my heart. I now wish to add some new models to the collection."

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