Prince Rainier III of Monaco spent years amassing a collection of classic, rare and collectible automobiles. It was an eclectic assortment of makes, models and eras. A 1939 Simca 5 shared the same display area as a 1980 Citroën CX2400 and a 1928 Hispano Suiza.

But his son, Prince Albert II, wants to take the collection in a different direction. We don't know for sure, but perhaps he wants a more focused group of autos. So Prince Albert II is putting 38 of the cars up for auction.

A few of the more interesting lots are the aforementioned 1939 Simca 5 expected to go for between 8,000 and 10,000€ (about $12,500) and a rare 1973 Camaro export model with 43k kilometers on the odo. It's described as being in very good shape, but its inline six keeps the expected sale price to between 8,000 and 12,000€ ($15,000).

On the high end is a 1924 Panhard & Levassor X47 limo with a Weymann body. Weymann, the auction catalog reads, was known for making lightweight, aviation-inspired bodies by stretching imitation leather across wooden frames. This car's rarity and superb condition could push the top bid to and estimated 35,000€ ($44,000).

The auction takes place on July 26 in Monaco. All the cars to be sold can be seen on the auction house's website or you can download a PDF of the catalog here.


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      Always On
      • 2 Years Ago
      You have to love Monaco. I was fortunate enough to be there for a few days and found it just as romantic and awe inspiring as it is in pictures. Saw some great cars in front of the Casino. Came back and was talking with a friend who said "America is the best place to live." I replied, "I dunno, what if you could live in Monaco?" I received a blank stare back... I swear, American's in general have a very poor understanding of other Countries and Cultures. Either that or I need new friends... /rant Love the Camaro and would buy it in a heartbeat!
        ishmaelcrowley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Always On
        You'd have to be quite wealthy to live in Monaco. Then again maybe you are. If you are wealthy it is a great (probably one of the best) places to live.
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Always On
        I managed 3 months there, living with some very distant and equally down to earth relatives. In the end we were dieing to continue our travels. It just seemed so surreal, and in the end we succumbed to that nagging feeling we were just interlopers. The genuine Monagasques ( not sure of spelling there sorry) are lovely, welcoming people, but there's no shortage of rich wannabes ready to look down their nose. Now, on topic; the auto Museum was interesting, although none of the cars looked particularly pampered. The CX in the pic, for example, looks to have had an ordinary repair job. However, I still feel the estimates are a bit conservative : )
      • 2 Years Ago
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      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      the father had definitely more class than his clown of a son who actually got married in a modified lexus clown mobile.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol - Who is going to believe that your plain straight6 Camaro belonged to the prince of Monaco?
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I saw her fiance (now wife) in Monaco F1 2011, she was terribly unhappy and looked worried. Seems like that douche prince forcibly dominates her in money. In her wedding, she looked so unhappy, holy s***. She's so cute to be with him, sad.
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take the Citroen CX and the Fiat Topolino. My dad has a '74 Camaro. It was a POS according to him. Rusted like hell, crappy gas mileage and unreliable. How times have changed!
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      It really is a nice Camaro model.....but with a Six? Come on.... ;)
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        V6 makes less noise. ;)
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LoneWolf
        I think Rainiers didn't go for the V8 possibly to be less ostentatious.
          MrWhopee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          I too wonder why a king (though he's technically a "prince" but basically he's the king of his country) need to slum down with a six. I doubt he has to worry about fuel economy. And as for ostentatiousness, who would notice the V8 under the hood anyway? It's mostly for the benefit of the driver.
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