When we saw a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO cross the auction block for a record $38 million in 2014, we knew it wouldn’t be long until we saw another car present a challenge to that eye-watering public sale. Even less surprising would be the fact that the car in question wears the same Cavallino Rampante badge. Auction house Artcurial’s upcoming Retromobile 2016 sale is a veritable treasure-trove of blue-chip European metal, and includes the potential sale of a particularly rare 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti (335 S), and is expected to charge through big-league bids up to a final sale estimate of around $35 million.
Many Ferraris have made it over the $20-million mark, but few have surpassed the $30-million barrier. Back in October of last year, it looked as though an extraordinary 1956 Ferrari 290 MM had a fighting chance to claim the world record, but ended up selling for $28 million, placing the Fangio-driven Ferrari as the third most expensive car sold at public auction. Interestingly enough, the 1957 335 S in question is an evolution of the 1957 Ferrari 315 S, itself the successor to the 290 MM.
So, with more power, more capability, and a much more extensive racing history, this 1957 335 S might have the power to slip past the 290 MM in the auction rankings. No doubt, the $35 million estimate of the 335 S is inspired in part from the December sale of the closely related 290 MM. Where the 290 MM was championed to a fourth-place finish in the namesake Mille Miglia, and the 1957 Buenos Aires 1000KM, the Artcurial 335 S found its glory at Sebring, Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, and assorted grand prix around the world. The race history is as varied as it is expansive, giving this 335 S a unique pedigree not quite managed by the still-exceptional 290 MM. Watch for an auction result well over $30 million.
Think the 335 S is the hottest thing on four wheels? Artcurial features a list so extensive, we couldn’t help but to pick out three other cars that caught our eye.
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta cuts a sublime visual profile that is, for many, the pinnacle of automotive design. With a chopped wheelbase for agility and a competition-ready, 280-hp V-12, the SWB is one of Ferrari’s darlings. The SWB toes the line between hard-edged competition coupe and tourer, with supreme driveability and craftsmanship. Artcurial estimates this particular example, done up in a rich, deep blue color will be worth every cent at a pre-sale estimate of around $10-13 million.
Want something newer and higher performance? Check out this wild 1997 Porsche 993 911 GT2 Evo. The scorching livery is the same worn on this car’s debut at the 1997 and 1998 Le Mans series, where it competed until an engine failure in the 23rd hour in 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. A total of 510 hp motivates just 2,500 pounds, with a weapons-grade 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six capable of 650 hp (it was detuned for reliability.) Look for the 993 GT2 Evo to cross the block at $600,000 to $800,000.
Under the stewardship of Bugatti Automobilli, the storied French brand never officially competed in motorsport. The lack of a motorsports program didn’t stop Bugatti fan Gildo Pallanca Pastor, who had a Bugatti EB110 SS converted into race-ready spec that met all FIA regulations. Nicknamed the EB110 Super Competizione, this car was campaigned at a host of races around the world before it began preparation for Le Mans, until damage to the car could not be repaired in time for the big race. As a result, the car was subsequently registered for road-use, and still carries street-legal certification. A brilliant piece of Bugatti’s history can be yours for a pre-sale estimate of $870,000 to $1,300,000.
These cars, and many, many more are up for auction at Artcurial’s Retromobile 2016 sale on February 5th.