Auction house RM Sotheby’s kicks off 2019 with a bang on their return to Paris. The 6th of February sees the sixth annual sale which takes place during the world-famous Rétromobile show week. The auction will present the finest sports, racing, and touring cars from the pre-war and post-war periods. A monumental battle will take place on the day, two German giants pitted against each other: BMW vs Mercedes-Benz. To commemorate that clash, we've picked out four cars to keep your eye on at the Sotheby’s Youngtimer auction - two from each side - which we believe to be the some of the best classic cars to buy in 2019. 

1985 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupé

This model saw Alpina’s first full conversion on BMW’s 6-series Platform, introduced in December 1978. The mid-80s colour combination of the cream interior and the Arktisblau metallic exterior with contrasting gold Alpina graphics makes this car a truly memorable machine. 

Estimate: €80.000 - €100.000

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC AMG 6.0 ‘Wide-Body’

This lot is a rare one. Experts estimate that only 50 of these pre-merger (AMG & Mercedes) 560s exist. The sporty ‘wide-body’ exterior gives this car a real edge on competition, as well as the original AMG-upgraded 6.0-liter DOHC engine.

Estimate:  €150.000 - €200.000

1994 Mercedes-Benz E 500 Limited

Created in close collaboration with Porsche between 1991 and 1994, in what seems like a very inefficient tactic, each 500E was transported back and forth between the Mercedes Plant and Porsche’s plant during assembly. This meant that each car took 18 days to complete. Time and effort has been invested in this car which can be yours on 6th February.

Estimate: €40.000 – €50.000

1983 BMW Alpina B9 3.5

Over a production period of six years, spanning from 1981 to 1987, 577 examples of the BMW Alpina B9 3.5 hit the roads. This car exhibits the classic boxy shape of the ‘80s and ‘90s, but when you look under the bonnet, it’s a high-performance monster.

Estimate: €40.000 – €50.000

For full auction information, head to the RM Sotheby’s website. 

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