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Classic Ferraris For Auction In The USA And The UK

Classic Ferraris For Auction In The USA And The UK

1956 Ferrari 250 GT
Tour de France Berlinetta
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1956 Ferrari 250 GT
Tour de France Berlinetta
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1956 Ferrari 250 GT
Tour de France Berlinetta
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CLASSIC FERRARIS FOR AUCTION IN THE USA AND THE UK

This weekend (15-16 August 2008) will see some of the finest classic Ferrari sports and racing cars go under the hammer in the USA at the Sports and Classics of Monterey event with 25 Ferraris listed, while in the UK in October European bidders will be able to buy a growing list of Ferraris which already includes a classic Ferrari 250 LM.

Highlighting RM’s Monterey Ferrari line-up is a sensational 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta with an impressive period racing career. Sold new on September 10th, 1956, this example (s/n 0563GT) was the eighth of only nine units built with the original body style and of only 72 models produced in total. 0563GT made its racing debut at the annual Tour de France Automobile event in September 1956, finishing 8th place overall. This was followed by numerous track successes over the ensuing two years, including a class win in the Grand Prix of Paris at Montléry and victory in both the USA Cup at Montléry and the Rallye Allier in Algier. The car came to the US in November 1959, and has since been fully restored and shown in various concours events and shows. It’s offering at Monterey is set to draw extensive international interest.

Another Ferrari set to garner widespread attention on RM’s Monterey block is a legendary, multi-award winning 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (s/n 3087 GT). This spectacular left-hand drive example was the 117th of the total 165 units built. Assembled as a “Lusso” street version, it was sold new to its first owner Otello Feretti of Bologna, Italy before eventually being exported from Italy to the United States. Presented in show-quality condition, it has benefited from a no-expense-spared restoration at Shelton Ferrari at a reported cost of $600,000, and was honored with Platinum Awards and the prestigious Excellence Cup at several events, including the Cavallino Classic.

A further highlight of RM’s Ferrari offering is an ultra rare, magnificently restored 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamica, s/n 2841 SA. The seventh of just 17 SWB models produced on the short chassis, this example was completed in September 1961, made its public debut in October 1961, and was delivered to its first owner in November of that same year. The car was imported to the US in the 1970s and has since passed through various hands, including those of renowned Ferrari collector and producer of the Dean Martin show in Hollywood, the late Greg Garrison. In 2003, the car underwent one of the most exhausting and comprehensive Ferrari restorations and was disassembled to every nut and bolt. It has since been shown numerous times and accumulated a string of platinum and first in class awards.

Other notable Ferrari consignments for the event include: an ultra-rare 1953 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe with coachwork by Vignale; a desirable, beautifully restored 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena; a beautiful, documented 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta, the property of former Major League baseball player, Reggie Jackson; and a rare 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe, the fourth of 12 Ferrari 375 Americas built.

Additionally, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Daytona Spyder, a stunning 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder and a beautifully restored, multi-award winning triple black 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, and a will also cross the block in Monterey.

RM Auctions’ Sports & Classics of Monterey auction event will be held August 15 and 16 at the Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Conference Center, in Monterey, California.

RM Auctions will hold its ‘Automobiles of London’ event in Battersea Park on 29 October and leading the Ferrari line-up is the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta (chassis number 6173). The 27th of just 32 total examples produced, this 250 LM enjoyed an early and successful racing history with Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus, winning its class in the 1965 Targa Floria. In 1975, it was acquired by Wayne Sparling, who personally maintained and serviced the car for the next 25 years. (Est. £2,250,000 - £2,750,000). A sporty, ultra-desirable 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS. (Est. £300,000 - £400,000) has also recently joined list of cars at the event, which is certain to grow as October draws closer.


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