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RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction will be awash with special Ferraris this year, including some rare early models that will complement the already-announced highlight of the sale, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO race car said to be the most-valuable automobile ever offered at public auction.
Twenty-nine examples of the prancing stallion, spanning the decades up to the latest in high-tech hypercars, have been consigned to the auction, held August 23-25 at the Monterey Conference Center
“The 29 Ferraris set for Monterey span key moments in the marque’s history, from 1950s sports racing through to the most advanced supercars of today,” Gord Duff, global head of auctions for RM Sotheby’s, said in a news release. “We look forward to uniting these special cars with Ferraristi from around the world at Monterey.”
The earliest Ferrari is a 1953 250 MM that was produced to commemorate Giovanni Bracco and Alfonso Rolfo’s victory in the 1952 Mille Miglia of Italy, just 18 of the 31 models were built with the newly minted fastback coachwork by Pinin Farina (before becoming Pininfarina). Chassis No. 0344 MM boasts period racing history and ownership by influential caretakers.
“Highly eligible for the most-exclusive touring and rally events, including the Mille Miglia Storica, California Mille, and more, 0344 MM is a pristine example of one of the post-war Scuderia’s most desirable sports-racers,” according to the news release.
The Ferrari 250 MM’s estimated value is $7.5 million to $9 million.
Another recently consigned early Ferrari is a coveted 1960 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Competizione, No. 2163 GT, one of just 46 alloy-bodied short-wheelbase racing models and with a highly original body and chassis, having never been damaged or revised during its competition career.
The Berlinetta, which recently received a cosmetic restoration in its original color of Rosso Chiaro (light red), is valued at a lofty $9.5 million to $13 million.
Also highlighting the sale is one of Ferrari’s latest triumphs, a 2014 LaFerrari hybrid performance machine that is in essentially brand-new condition, coming from a prominent private collection and showing only 150 test miles total. In Rosso Corsa with black highlights with a Nero leather interior, it is equipped with $4,965 in special-order options.
Best of all, the proceeds from the no-reserve LaFerrari auction will be donated to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, one of the nation’s premier arts education institutions, with many of its graduates going on to careers in the automotive industry. The estimated value is $3 million to $4 million.
Some of the other Ferraris that will cross the auction block are:
• A 1954 Ferrari 375 America coupe, chassis no. 0327 AL, that is a unique creation by coachbuilder Vignale and the 1954 Geneva Motor Show car. Estimated value: $3.5 million to $5 million.
• A 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II, chassis no. 8459 SF, one of just 12 Series II cars built, and one of just eight equipped with right-hand drive. Estimated value: $1.75 million to $2 million.
• A 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spider Competizione, chassis no. 15965, the only Competizione-specification 365 GTB/4 built as a spider and showcased by designer Michelotti at the 1975 Geneva Motor Show. A value estimate was not provided for this car.
“RM Sotheby’s has long been the market leader in the sale of important Ferraris at auction, and this year’s Monterey offering certainly embodies our expertise,” Duff said in the news release. “Led by the incredible 250 GTO, our Saturday evening sale session will be dominated by Ferraris, with the 250 MM, 250 GT SWB Alloy, LaFerrari, and more, adding to the excitement.”
For more information about RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, visit the auction website.