Remember a few weeks ago when we reported about the historic 1939 Auto Union Type D going on auction by Christies? Well, although the car seems to be listed at the auction-site, according to Hemmings Auto Blog, Christies announced that it withdraw the Auto Union Type D from Friday’s Retromobile Sale in Paris so they can “further explore into the car’s race history, in collaboration with Audi Tradition”. Of course many of you will think, that’s another way of saying “we are questioning its authenticity” or to be blunt, “it’s a fake”.
However, as Daniel Strohl rightly notes, how authentic would you expect a reconstructed 1939 automobile to be? Not much, so does that make it a fake? No, but if the specific car didn’t actually take part in races, that’ll significantly depreciate its value which was estimated at about 8.8 to 12 million EUR. Via: Hemmings Auto Blog
Christie’s announcement: “Christie’s today announced that it will postpone the sale of the 1939 Auto Union – Grand Prix V12 Type D race car from the February Retromobile sale in Paris pending further exploration into the car’s race history, in collaboration with Audi Tradition”