RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce additional Ferrari highlights to join the 1962 250 GTO in the company’s most historic Monterey lineup to date. Latest prancing horse entries are led by a one-of-31 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta with extensive period racing history, as well as a beautifully restored, Classiche-certified 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Competizione.
Ferrari’s Colombo V-12-equipped 250 MM was built to commemorate Giovanni Bracco and Alfonso Rolfo’s famous win at the 1952 Mille Miglia in the marque’s 250 Sport model and was produced in a quantity of just 31 examples through 1953. Eighteen of these cars wore influential new fastback coachwork by Pinin Farina, including the example on offer, chassis no. 0344 MM. The 250 MM quickly became the favored model of the most illustrious privateer racers of its day, and this example boasts impressive period racing use as well as ownership by some of the most renowned names in the collector car hobby.
Chassis no. 0344 MM was repainted in blue by its second owner, Mas-Olle Persson of Sweden, and displayed at the 1954 Swedish International Motor Show, before being entered in a slew of road and ice races across the country, most notably claiming 3rd in class at the 1954 Helsinki Grand Prix. The 250 MM eventually landed with Pierre Bardinon in 1972, whose Mas du Clos collection was at the time the most impressive assemblage of important Ferrari sports and racing cars in the world. Purchased by the current owner in 2010, the well-documented car has since been refinished in stunning midnight blue, cosmetically freshened, and has been shown few times since its arrival in the U.S. 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 and a darling of concours d’elegance prized by knowledgeable collectors (Est. $7,500,000 – $9,000,000).
Also joining the lineup is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy Berlinetta Competizione, chassis no. 2163 GT, an early example of the first major change to the 250 GT model following the TdF. One of just 42 alloy-bodied competition SWB examples completed in 1960, 2163 GT is notable for its high state of chassis and body originality, having experienced no racing damage throughout its life. Benefiting from recent cosmetic measures and wearing its original color combination of Rosso Chiaro over Nero leather, this is an outstanding example of the celebrated “Short-Wheelbase”. An excellent show or vintage track car, the rare Berlinetta would make an essential acquisition for any Ferrari enthusiast (Est. $9,500,000 – $12,500,000).
One of the most modern Ferrari offerings set for RM Sotheby’s Monterey stage is a 2014 LaFerrari, a virtually as-new example of Ferrari’s iconic 21st century hybrid hypercar. Offered from a prominent private collection, the LaFerrari is finished in traditional Rosso Corsa, eschewing the more common black-painted roof and mirrors—which match the remainder of the car’s paintwork and brake calipers—and fitted with Nero leather with contrasting red piping and stitched Cavallinos in the headrests. It is also equipped with an additional $4,965 in special-order options and shows only test mileage (less than 150) since delivery. Making this example all the more special, proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, one of the nation’s premier arts education institutions, many of whose graduates find careers in the automotive industry (Est. $3,000,000 – $4,000,000). Watch the LaFerrari take to the track at the M1 Concourse in Detroit here.
“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,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “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. 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. We look forward to uniting these special cars with Ferraristi from around the world at Monterey.”
RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey Ferrari selection counts no less than 29 examples of the prancing horse. Additional highlights include:
- The very first time that all three cars to earn the GTO badge in Ferrari’s illustrious history will be offered for public sale, an opportunity unlikely to repeat itself. In addition to the 250 GTO (chassis no. 3413), RM Sotheby’s will present a 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO showing less than 13,200 actual kilometers (Est. $2,750,000 – $3,250,000), and a well-equipped 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO in striking Nero Daytona with Grigio Silverstone stripe (Est. $575,000 – $650,000);
- A 1954 Ferrari 375 America Coupe, chassis no. 0327 AL, a unique creation by coachbuilder Vignale and the 1954 Geneva Motor Show car. Sold new to legendary racing sponsor Robert Wilke of Leader Card fame, the 375 America has enjoyed long ownership history with noted enthusiasts. Finished in its original color scheme and equipped with its original engine, the 375 is one of just 12 ever built and the first example available publicly in seven years (Est. $3,500,000 – $5,000,000);
- A 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II, chassis no. 8459 SF, one of just 12 series II examples built and just eight equipped with right-hand drive. Originally delivered to British sportsman Jack Durlacher in the most desirable configuration with a five-speed transmission and front fender vents, the 500 Superfast is offered in Monterey with its original engine and finished in its original color scheme of Blu Chiaro over Naturale leather (Est. $1,750,000 – $2,000,000); and,
- 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. Entered in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1978 24 Hours of Daytona, the recognizable Spider has since competed multiple times at both the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic and remains hugely eligible worldwide for both concours and historic racing events (Est. $2,300,000 – $3,500,000).
Held during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week, RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale (24-25 August), has been the pinnacle of collector car auctions for more than 30 years, leading the field and raising the bar with its consistent, record-setting results. This year’s Monterey sale is set at the newly reopened Monterey Conference Center following its $60-million-dollar renovation, offering collectors a stunning new experience and a beautiful space for the display and offering of more than 140 of the world’s most important motor cars in the ultimate collector car destination.