A 237 horsepower, 3.0-liter V12 drives this long-wheelbase car. But none of this is the story here. It’s the fact that this is a police car. And was when it was new. But how? Well, the story is that Armando Spatafora (an Italian cop) was dispatched to a high-performance driving program alongside three other officers.
After he completed the course, he was given this car, siren and all. Ferrari actually built a second example, but it was destroyed after only a few weeks on the job. This one remained with the Polizia for six years. It’s never been restored, just preserved by a series of owners. It’s possibly the coolest 250 GTE there is. You can read more about it here.
Offered by Bonhams | Carmel, California | August 16, 2019
Though Siata could trace their roots back to 1926, they didn’t actually begin producing their own cars until 1948. Their great, sporty, Italian cars were a flash in the pan, however, and they disappeared by 1975 after spending nearly a decade producing a not-sporty, retro-styled convertible called the Spring.
Perhaps the most desirable car produced by the firm was the 208, which was offered in two forms including the S (roadster) and CS (coupe). They were built between 1952 and 1955 in small quantities, and fewer than 20 examples of the CS were built. Some of 208 S examples looked like an AC Ace, but every one of them was coachbuilt. A 125 horsepower, 2.0-liter V8 provides the oomph.
This Bertone-bodied coupe was ordered new by Stanley Arnolt (who was closely associated with the carrozzeria). It was also displayed at the 1952 Paris Auto Show. Fifty years later, it was restored, and it is now offered with a pre-sale estimate of $850,000-$950,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Offered by Artcurial | Le Mans, France | July 7, 2018
Photo – Artcurial
The first Lamborghini road car was the 350 GT grant tourer. Ferruccio’s followup was the improved 400 GT. The first 400 GTs were just 350 GTs with a bigger engine. Introduced later in 1966, the 400 GT 2+2 featured slight styling changes (thanks to Carrozzeria Touring) as well as the bigger engine.
That bigger engine is a 4.0-liter V-12 making 320 horsepower. This is also a true 2+2 with two seats in the back. Part of the aforementioned styling tweaks include a longer roofline that increased greenhouse space within the car, allowing for a human to sit in the back. This car also featured a Lamborghini-designed transmission.
Built only between 1966 and 1968, the 400 GT was still constructed in very limited numbers. Only 248 were built, with just 224 of those being the restyled 2+2 model. Wearing silver paint when sold new in Switzerland, this car is thought to still sport its original interior (even though its exterior has been repainted). It should sell for between $400,000-$525,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Speciale by Carrozzeria Sports Cars
Offered by Gooding & Company | Pebble Beach, California | August 16-17, 2014
Photo – Gooding & Company
The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 was a four-seat Ferrari coupe produced between 1964 and 1967. It was sort of their “base” model slotted below the 275 series. In all, 1,099 were built – but only one of them looks anything like this.
The 60s were weird – weirder for some than others – and Norbert Navarro’s 1960s must’ve been awfully weird as the Italian night club owner commissioned this Piero Drogo-bodied Speciale. The engine carries over – a 4.0-liter V-12 making 300 horsepower. The body was stretched, box-ified, and painted this lovely shade of gold. It looks wagon-like from the side, but if you go to Gooding’s website and check out some rear photos, you’ll see that it has a more El Camino-without-the-tailgate-like thing going on.
It’s certainly unique. But Drogo-bodied cars are very rare and quite desirable. This one should cost you between $400,000-$600,000. Click here for more from Gooding & Company’s sale.