The Most Significant Vintage Ferraris Up for Sale During Pebble Beach 2016
Souvenirs for the Tres Commas Club
If you're looking to add to your collection while at Pebble Beach, and it's rarity and concours-judge appeal you're after, consider participating in a bidding war over one of these exceptional vintage Ferraris:
1962 Ferrari 268 SP
One of the stranger and more motorsports-focused Ferraris up for sale, the 1962 Ferrari 268 SP is also one of Ferrari's less successful endeavors. This car, chassis no. 0798, never enjoyed the winner's circle like the 250 TR and 335 S that came before it.
Still, this is a factory-ran Le Mans contender. Though it took a knee at the 1962 Le Mans as a DNF, it continued to serve Ferrari as a test bed for future racing technology. Underneath that excruciatingly handsome bodywork beats a Chiti-designed 2.6-liter V-8, pumping out a tremendous 265 hp. For those keeping score, that's 100 hp per liter, back in 1965. Expect a sale price of at least around $20 million. (The Ferrari 268 is pictured above)
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider
Presented in a soft blue-over-white scheme, this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider is a tasteful alternative to the knee-deep piles of crimson cars that populate Ferrari Club gatherings.
The 750 Monza is powered by a high-compression Lampredi 3.0-liter four-cylinder that spins out an impressive 260 hp. This engine gave the svelte barchetta enough performance to take second place at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring in the hands of Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby.
The car continued to accrue wins on a smaller scale, including the 1955 and 1956 Del Monte Trophy at Laguna Seca. Eventually, the car settled down, and was owned and stored by Jim Hall, the last race driver to pilot the 750 Monza. It was carefully maintained through the last 61 years, and is only now venturing out for public sale, with an expected sale price between $4,000,000 and $5,500,000.
A Cluster of 250 GTs
This year brings a grouping of 250 GTs that might signify a climax in the Ferrari market, as multiple 250 GTs during the same auction season is rather unusual.
First up, RM Sotheby's offers a swoopy 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France'. These cars were renowned for their competition in the international stage, especially in the famed Tour de France race. This particular car never found any overall wins in many major events, but still possesses the same gorgeous bodylines, potent Colombo V-12 engines as the rest of the 250 GT siblings. This "TdF" 250 GT should command between $7,000,000 and $9,000,000.
Gooding and Co. continues this trend, bringing two stellar GTs to market. The first is a red-and-white 1960 250 GT SWB Competizione, alluding to a crateful of go-fast hardware under the Scaglietti-penned lines. This car finished seventh overall at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and has enjoyed a long and illustrious life competing in historic racing. The 250 GT SWB is considered by many to be a 250 GTO in everything but the name, and as such, it is estimated to pull $15-$18 million when the hammer falls.
The second is a 1962 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. Think of this Berlinetta as more-or-less the same as the Competizione, save a stack of racing hardware for comfort and convenience. Don't assume this means the Berlinetta is soft, however. This is still considered to be a hardcore sports coupe, a competition-ready grand tourer that saw a heap of success on racing circuits around the world that is expected to fetch $10-$12 million.
A Pair of 250 GT California Spiders
If you prefer a Ferrari roadster for an exceedingly gorgeous aperta experience, both RM Sothebys and Gooding offer 250 GT California Spiders. RM's 1958 250 GT LWB California Spider is a pitch-perfect representation of what makes Ferraris of this vintage so desirable. Draped in a lovely shade of deep blue, this California Spider is the 11th of 50 long-wheelbase (LWB) California Spiders built and should go for $12-$14 million.
For those that want to be ruthlessly competitive in historic races, Gooding & Co. offers a 1959 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione. Like the SWB Competizione mentioned before, this is essentially a race-ready variant of the previous 250 GT LWB California Spider. With thirstier carbs, hot camshafts, high-compression, and a free-flowing exhaust, the Competizione packs 280 hp -- a good 50 ponies more than the more comfort-oriented LWB offered by RM Sothebys. With this extra dose of power, the Spider raced in many regional and international events, including a fifth-place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Gooding estimate a sale price of $18- $20 million.
A College Student's 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta
Finally, Gooding offers a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta with a strange and illustrious history. The 166 MM was an early car in Ferrari's timeline, and was instrumental in cementing the brand as one of the leading forces in motorsports. The "MM" in the name designates the 166's Mille Miglia pedigree, as this car was purpose built for the grueling Italian event. It finished 4th overall in the 1950 race, and continued to rack-up wins and podium finishes until its competition retirement in 1956.
The car made its way through a handful of owners before eventually falling into the hands of a Mr. Maurice Blevins, whose lead foot and heavy hand grenaded the delicate 2.0-liter V-12 engine. Undiscouraged, he shoehorned a Chevrolet V-8 under the handsome Italian coachwork to keep the car mobile. Apparently, enthusiasts have swapped Chevrolet V-8s into cars since the Chevy V-8 was invented.
Eventually, this "hybrid" made its way to a young college student at the University of Alabama. He used it for daily commuting, as evident from the University parking pass stuck still stuck to the front windshield.
The currently owner acquired the car back in 2007 and had the original V-12 rebuilt and installed back in the 166 MM, cementing the car's value and historical importance. Gooding & Co. lists the sale estimate at $6,000,000 - $8,000,000.
Photos of silver 1962 250 GT Berlinetta SWB courtesy of Brian Henniker for Gooding and Co.