Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Detroit, Michigan | February 2024
At the end of the 1957 World Sportscar Championship season, Ferrari debuted the 250 Testa Rossa aimed a the 3.0-liter class. Ferrari built about 33 examples by 1962, including 19 customer cars. There were 19, unclear if the same 19, that were bodied by Scaglietti, including this one. But this car does not have its original Scaglietti body anymore.
The auction catalog is not complete yet, however, what is there does not mention at all that the car carries a replica body. It just brags of the original engine and gearbox. The engine is a 3.0-liter V12 that made 300 horsepower. The TR was a beast, winning Le Mans three times, Sebring three times, the Targa Florio, and three WSC manufacturer titles. This car was sold new to a Brazilian privateer and was raced at Interlagos in period before having its pontoon fenders removed between the ’59 and ’60 seasons.
It was re-bodied in the style of a 250 GT Berlinetta in the early ’60s and made its way out of South America and to the U.K. in 1985. In 1989 it was fitted with a replica pontoon-fender body (the one you see here) during a restoration. Under British ownership beginning in 1996, the car was used at quite a few historic events, which is great, including the Le Mans Classic, among many others.
It failed to sell at an RM auction in 2010 with a $10.7 million bid and then was purchased by its current owner, Les Wexner, the guy who founded Bath & Body Works and made Victoria’s Secret into what it is today. Fun fact that Wikipedia points out very early: he was also a long-time buddy-buddy of Jeffrey Epstein.
Forbes points out that this re-bodied Testa Rossa could fetch $38 million, which may seem steep for what is essentially a re-creation of what it originally once was. But, these things are rare and you’re paying for that serial number and the history associated with it. You may be able to read more about it here.
Offered by Bring a Trailer Auctions | Online | December 2024
Ferrari’s F430 was the follow up to the 360 Modena. The Modena had a limited-edition track-focused variant called the Challenge Stradale, and for the F430 generation, that track-focused car was called the 430 Scuderia. That’s right, they dropped the “F” for some reason.
In Scuderia trim, the 4.3-liter V8 makes 503 horsepower, which is 20 more than the standard F430. It was offered for 2008 and 2009 only and even spawned a convertible variant, the even-more-expensive Scuderia Spider 16M.
This car has 26,000 miles and a paddle-shifted gearbox. It is finished in Bianco Avus with black stripes and gold wheels. This bidding on the car is already up to $200,000 at the time of this writing, and there are still a few days to go. Click here for more info.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Las Vegas, Nevada | November 17, 2023
Ferrari’s sensational F40 went on sale in 1987 and actually hung around until the early 1990s, which is quite a while in the world of limited-run Ferrari supercars. Three of four examples were prepped by Michelotto to “LM” specification, which increased interest in customer F40 racing cars.
So to that end, nine examples of the “GT” ended up being produced. It retains a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V8 that was eventually rated for up to 550 horsepower in race spec. This particular chassis was purchased new by the designer of the Mugello race track and campaigned in the Italian GT Championship.
It competed in seven rounds in 1992 and eight the following year. The car was later taken back to its 1992 look, and it is one of 21 F40s to race in a major sanctioned series. The car now has an estimate of $3,250,000-$4,000,000. More info can be found here.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | London, U.K. | November 4, 2023
The 512TR is one of the best Ferraris. And what are two things that can take an already-great Ferrari even better? Cutting the roof off and painting it blue. This checks a lot of boxes. The 512TR was the replacement for the Testarossa and looked similar but with some stylistic tweaks.
They built 2,261 512TRs and only three Spiders. Two of which were sold to the Ferrari importer in Singapore (who had previously helped Ferrari and the Brunei royal family get some Testarossa Spiders built by Pininfarina).
Power is from a 4.9-liter flat-12 that was rated at 422 horsepower. The TR has taken off in value recently, and the price for the Spider (of which this is the only one to come up for sale publicly I think?) has an intense estimate of $2,500,000-$3,300,000. Click here for more info.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | London, U.K. | November 4, 2023
Ferrari’s 599 GTB was offered for the model years 2007 through 2012. Its first year was when Kimi Raikkonen won the F1 championship for the Scuderia, Ferrari’s most recent championship season. So they were flying high when this car launched.
But by the time it was about to exit production, their F1 world had grown darker, despite the hiring of two-time champion Fernando Alonso. For 2012, they sold about 40 units of this special edition, which was named to celebrate 60 years of winning in F1. It’s associated with Alonso because the announcement came on the heels of his 2011 British Grand Prix victory.
The car is based on the 599 HGTE, meaning it is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 good for 612 horsepower, The HGTE was essentially a handling package with revised suspension details. The estimate here is $240,000-$300,000. For more info, click here.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | London, U.K. | November 4, 2023
The first Dino production road car was a stunner, having been designed by Aldo Brovarone and Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina (the bodies were actually built by Scaglietti). Sure, the car never wore a prancing horse badge, but it’s a Ferrari in everything but name only. And many Dinos have had Ferrari badges added over the years anyway.
The 206 GT debuted for 1967, and they were only offered in coupe form (its successor, the 246, could be had as a coupe or a targa). Just 152 were produced until the 246 arrived in 1969. Power is provided by a 2.0-liter V6 that made 178 horsepower.
This car was sold new in Rome and was actually delivered in red (many Dinos were originally finished in an array of interesting colors but have been repainted red). It stayed registered in its home country until 2016, at which time it came to the U.K. Now it has an estimate of $425,000-$490,000. Click here for more info.
You know your car is a big deal when one of the biggest auction houses in the world devotes an entire sale solely unto it. Sorry about the photo, I had to use my own since the preview images from RM Sotheby’s are… not great. The entire subsection of the site dedicated to this car leaves a lot to be desired. No real photos. No real info. But who needs to know anything when you’re buying a car to be the guy who bought that car.
Where to start. Just 36 examples of the 250 GTO were produced between 1962 and 1964. They are the most valuable cars in the world. Three or four of those cars were modified by the factory into 330 LM (or LMB) spec, which included replacing the factory 3.0-liter V12 with a 4.0-liter unit. Output jumped from 296 horsepower to 390.
This is one of those cars. And it is apparently the only one with the 4-liter engine. It has factory Scuderia Ferrari racing history, including:
1962 1,000km Nurburgring – 2nd (with Willy Mairesse and Mike Parkes)
1962 24 Hours of Le Mans – 43rd, DNF (with Parkes and Lorenzo Bandini)
The car came to the U.S. in the late 1960s and was purchased by its current owner, the founder of Escort Radar, the radar detector people, in 1985. He’s had it since and has displayed the car all over. The last time it changed hands was for like $500,000. It’s going to be a little more than that now. Read more about it here (kind of).
Offered by Bonhams | Carmel, California | August 18, 2023
This car is proof that, if you watch long enough, just about everything will come up for sale. Ferrari‘s “P”-line of sports prototype race cars are among the most valuable and sought after vehicles in the world. Only four 412Ps were built, and two of those were actually converted from P3s.
This car, chassis number 0854, is one of two factory-built 412Ps. But not much left on it is from the factory. The car was purchased by David Piper in 1968, and the original aluminum body had seen a few years of hard racing duty at that point. And instead of repair it, he replaced the body with a fiberglass one. Which was then destroyed in a fire in 1969. It was then rebuilt again, and this time as a spyder, before it was actually restored to how it looked when new. This was done by the current owner, famed Ferrari guy Jim Glickenhaus.
With these old racing cars, it’s sort of like the “idea” of them. Eventually every part will be replaced, but as long as you can link the chain back to when it was new, then you’ve got the real deal.
The engine is a 4.0-liter V12 that makes somewhere around 420 horsepower. The period racing history for this chassis includes:
1967 1000km Spa – 3rd (with Richard Attwood and Lucien Bianchi)
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans – 23rd (with Attwood and Piers Courage)
All of this is good and well, but there is still one more important detail (it’s not the price, which most cannot afford anyway and will be well into the eight figures). It’s this: this car has license plates. The late 1960s is when the end came for sports prototypes to also be made street legal. By the 1970s, the cars were too extreme. This is pretty extreme, but you can still take it to the grocery store. Click here for more info.
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 16-19, 2023
Ferrari’s F2001 was a dominant car in Formula One. Michael Schumacher won eight races in an F2001, securing the driver’s and constructor’s titles. For the start of the 2002 season, Ferrari tweaked the prior year’s chassis and dubbed it the F2001B. This car was used by Schumacher for the first two races of the 2002 season and the first three for teammate Rubens Barichello.
This chassis, #215, was a success right out of the gate. It’s competition history consists of:
2002 Australian Grand Prix – 1st (with Schumacher)
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix – 3rd (with Schumacher, from pole)
Schumacher won the title again in 2002, using the F2002 for the rest of the season. They used 3.0-liter screaming V10s during this era. This car is one of likely two built, and it’s a race winner to boot. You can read more about it here.
1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Tour de France by Zagato
Offered by RM Sotheby’s | Monterey, California | August 2023
Well here is a big-boy Ferrari. So big in fact that RM will not even run it across their block in Monterey this year. Instead they are going to the “Sotheby’s Sealed” format, which, I guess, just takes the fun out of watching people bid.
The long-wheelbase 250 GT started out with the 250 Europa, and the “Long Wheelbase Berlinetta” debuted in 1956 and acquired the nickname “Tour de France” after the cars competed in the 10-day Tour de France race. Just 77 were built through 1959, most of which were bodied by Scaglietti based on a Pinin Farina design.
But five of them escaped off to Zagato, and this car is the third of those. It has the signature double-bubble Zagato roof and is the only such example with covered headlights. It also has a 3.0-liter Colombo V12 that made somewhere around 250 horsepower. This car has period competition history, too, including:
1957 Mille Miglia – 6th (with Camillo Luglio and Umberto Carli)
It was restored in the early 2000s and has been with its current owner since 1999. It’s been shown at Pebble Beach three times since, winning its class in 2009. You can read more about it here.