One of the 76 competition-modified Venturi 400 GT, which features a livery and a unique history, will be launched in early next year in Paris.
Venturi was founded in 1984 by Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godfroy. The two men, former engineers of Heuliez – a company that specializes in design for various manufacturers – wanted to attack the supercars market. Fairs in the automotive sector such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche, at least in terms of exclusivity.
While the Monaco-based brand did not achieve the expected success, its innovative spirit enabled the production of some cruelly underrated vehicles. Venturi's most exciting entry into the world of classic cars is the 400 GT launched in 1992. Here is a rare and exclusive copy auctioned by RM Sotheby in Paris in 2019.
The 400 GT was not only the most powerful vehicle that France had built at the time of its introduction, but also the first series-production vehicle equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes. This is very useful if you are trying to control this vehicle with a V6 in the middle position.
As a result of an unlikely link between Peugeot, Renault and Volvo, this V6 block delivers 400 horses. Such a figure may seem boring today, but in 1992, the performance of a Venturi 400 GT, which weighs about 225 kg less than that of a Ferrari F355, was enough to grab the media's attention. The 0 to 100 km / h were completed in 5.5 km / h for a top speed of 270 km / h.
However, very few copies were made. After the image of the curiosity of the automotive elite, which Ferrari and Lamborghini should collect more, has been further attracted, it is a task that is for sale and requires extreme perseverance. Therefore, our enthusiasm for this specimen has been presented here.
Ex-factory of Hervé Poulain, the honorary president of the auction house Artcurial – and also the man behind the BMW art cars – ordered, this Venturi 400 GT was bought in 1992 by the latter It was registered as a model of 1994.e Copy of this model.
The following year, the 400 GT Poulain received a custom-made painting by Jean-Yves Lacroix, who wanted to be inspired by the perfume "Pasha de Cartier". In this equipment, the car was used regularly from 1993 to 1995 by Poulain himself, but also by former F1 driver Olivier Grouillard.
In addition, this car appeared in the same time period in the Venturi booklet and was also highlighted in the book Poulains about its racing cars My pop cars.
After the end of his racing career, the car was converted to road traffic and sold to a collector in Strasbourg, before it was bought by the third and current owner in 2018 and then exported to Germany.
Since then, the car has been well preserved in the new buyer's collection. A review in October of this year included the replacement of the release bearing, new brake pads and a new starter. Important historical evidence, including the original certificate of approval from Hervé Poulain, is attached.
This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting cars produced in France. Do you dare to buy a brand of the greatest forgotten French brand in history? More information can be found here.