RM Sotheby’s epic Ferrari auction!
One of the activities of the 70th anniversary in Maranello this weekend is the RM Sotheby’s ‘’Leggenda e Passione’’ auction. Some of the most important cars in the history of Ferrari will be sold by the American auction house.
There’s an epic line up of around 40 legendary Ferrari’s to be sold. A couple of the cars have never been offered before, which makes it a unique occasion for some of the lots. Besides the one-off LaFerrari Aperta we wrote about a couple of days ago, the LaFerrari prototype is also being auctioned off. Estimated to bring up around the €1.2000.000 this LaFerrari was first shown at the private viewing to close clients. Every client who visited the atelier to spec their LaFerrari had the chance to view and sit in the car. This particular model was produced in late 2012, making it quite an early car since Ferrari revealed the LaFerrari at the GIMS in 2013.
Ultimate barn find
Another car that caught my eye is this 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Alloy with matching numbers. It’s the only road legal version with the alloy body, so I have no clue why the previous owner ‘’forgot’’ about this masterpiece sitting in his garage. Scaglietti built 5 lightweight 365 GTB/4 Daytona’s to compete in various championships, like the 24 hours of Daytona. In addition to the five competition cars, one road legal example was built. It changed hands in Italy a couple of times before being shipped to Japan where it stayed hidden for around 40 years. The staff of RM Sotheby’s estimated the value of the car at €1.400.000 – €1.700.000.
Tailor made 458 Italia
No, this is not a wrapped 458 Italia. The camouflage design is actually painted on the car. The 458 Italia left the factory in this exact colour scheme as the personal car of Lapo Elkann, the grandson of Fiat-boss Gianni Agnelli. The traditional Ferrari shields were replaced by peace signs and there’s a combination of brown, red, dark green carbon fiber and camouflage print in the interior. Even the V8-engine block has been finished in the same scheme as the exterior. The car sold for €1.000.000 at an auction at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The current owner might has some regrets by buying since it’s estimated to be worth between €250.000 and €350.000.
Short Wheel Base
The most valuable car of the auction is this 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione by Scaglietti. One of just 46 alloy-bodied examples built and it’s #39 of a total of 74 Competizione SWB’s. The car received an engine rebuilt in early 2010, done by DK Engineering. While the car has been restored, it still has all the original documents like the factory build sheets, service invoices, magazine articles and the history by marque expert Marcel Massini. SWB’s always tend to be the most expensive lot of the auction, and this one makes no difference: it’s estimated between €8.500.000 and €10.000.000.
Other interesting lots are the 333 SP, a 250 GT LWB California Spider by Scaglietti, a 488 GTE and a Bianco Fuiji 599 SA Aperta. Check out the full list over here.