In 1994, under the management of a new boss, Hubert O’Neill, a captain of the nautical industry, Venturi, the small manufacturer of sports cars, seemed to have found at last the right formula to ensure its survival, when it unveiled two new models, the 400 GT, a road version of the brutish 400 Trophy, and the Atlantique 300. The latter, a new GT with a modernized form, appeared to be more desirable than ever, its lines being fluid and harmonious. The polyester resin body, made by CPC in Croisic, had aluminium doors, bootlid and engine cover, for maximum weight-saving. The finished car weighed only 1 250 kg, at least 200 kg less than most of its rivals at the time. As well as being stunningly beautiful, the chronometers showed that the Venturi 300 Atlantique was simply one of the most efficient and high performing sports cars of its generation ! The vehicle that we are offering is one of the last fitted with the 3 litre, 12 valve version of the V6 PRV engine, having an output of 281 bhp. The very high performance did not come at the expense of reliability and low maintenance costs, as the model has a very good reputation on both these points. This car was first registered in France and joined the collection of a major fan of Venturi cars, who already owned several models including a rare 400 GT. In 2004, he decided to have the car repainted and to upgrade its performance. She therefore swapped her Jaune Rhapsodie yellow for dark blue and was fitted with a 400 GT gearbox. This modification was carried out by the Venturi specialist Serge Lenoir. Alvan Engineering then upgraded the engine to produce nearly 310 bhp. The current owner bought the car on September 17th 2005 and has driven it very little, as the distance reading is now only 44 130 km (27420 miles). He has been unable to drive her for the past year owing to ill-health and has very reluctantly decided to part with her. The car is accompanied by a file containing numerous invoices, for routine servicing and work on the engine and gearbox, a rare certificate of conformity obtained from the factory when the car was re-registered in France in 2005, as well as by the original wheels, in excellent condition. Because the car has not been used recently, it needs to be checked over and serviced. The brake master cylinder does not function correctly and the car will be sold without an MOT (obligatory test). In view of her good overall condition, price, advantageous specifications and above all, her rarity, this remains an attractive proposition.