If you want to drive like the great Gilles Villeneuve, buying his Ferrari at RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale this May would be a good start.
A brief search of the Internet is all it takes to find tales of Villeneuve, the late Ferrari Formula 1 driver who’s flamboyant driving style won him many fans, and his company car—a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS in the wonderfully orangey Rosso Dino color.
There are stories of him arriving late at the factory for a meeting and using the handbrake to slide the car into the last available parking spot in the lot at Maranello. There’s also the tale of his supposedly record-setting time of driving this exact car roughly 270 miles between Monte Carlo to Maranello in just 2 hours and 25 minutes (that’s an average speed of nearly 112 mph).
Take a look on YouTube and you’ll even find video of Gilles sliding the car, tail out, along a public road. Those were the days.
The car itself was a gift from Enzo Ferrari, who it was said, had much affection for the young Villeneuve. Enzo thoughtfully had the car built with a beefier clutch from the V-12-powered 512 Berlinetta Boxer, according to RM Sotheby’s, among other unspecified “modifications.” Following Villeneuve’s tragic death at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, the car was kept by Ferrari for two short years, then sold to its second owner in Modena.
A man from Denmark bought the car in 2010 and is the current consignor, the Ferrari showing under 37,000 km (22,990 miles) from new. The car will be sold without reserve and while no estimate is given, we’d venture a car similar to this one without the Villeneuve provenance would be worth in the neighborhood of $80,000. Given Villeneuve’s close association with Ferrari, we would guess this car to bring at least three times that figure, possibly more.
Among the other cars to be featured at the sale is a 1992 Benetton B192 Formula 1 car, which made its race debut at the 1992 Spanish Grand Prix with a young Michael Schumacher at its helm. Schumacher started second behind Nigel Mansell’s Wiliams-Renault and would finish second in the race, the car’s only formal outing.
The B192 would later be used as a spare at such venues as Monaco. This is another no-reserve lot in the Monaco sale and while no estimate is yet given, an ex-Schumacher Ferrari F2001 recently sold at a previous RM Sotheby’s sale for a huge $7,504,000.
RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale is on May 12 to coincide with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, a vintage race weekend at the historic seaside road circuit.