RM Sotheby’s London November 5, 2022
Volume 47 Issue 24
Nov 27, 2022
RM Sotheby's London auction results.
365 GT4/BB RHD, S/N 17967 (1974). Rosso Corsa with crema interior. Estimate £200,000 to £225,000. Ordered on 2 April 1974 and supplied via Maranello Concessionaires. Originally finished in Rosso Chiaro with blue interior. In its earliest years, it changed hands between private owners in the UK, gaining the registration number “BB 365” soon after sale by auction in 1989. This plate will be transferred to the new owner. The car was featured in books and magazines before going on to win concours award at Prescott Concours in 1985. Later, the car was sold and was refinished in Rosso Corsa with nero door sills with crema interior. The car appeared in the March 2013 issue of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars. Classiche Red Book notes the retrimmed beige interior and replacement correct type F102 engine, fitted at an unknown point in the car’s life. 39,139 miles. Recent major service in June 2022. Original shipment notes from the factory in history file, further reports by Marcel Massini and Tony Willis. Lot 114. Sold for £218,500 ($260,130).
512 BBi, VIN ZFFJA09B000039725 (1981). Rosso Corsa with black leather. Estimate £250,000 to £300,000. Delivered in January 1982 via Auto Becker. Specified with body-color induction intakes and spoilers. Imported into the UK in 2009, where it has passed through the hands of two owners prior to its acquisition by the consignor in 2017. As a condition of his purchase, the car was subject to a comprehensive service and partial restoration. Classiche accreditation in March 2019. Recent service in February 2022. It retains its matching-numbers engine, while the replacement of its original black leather interior with Daytona-style seats of a corresponding cream and red hue is the only aesthetic departure from factory specification. 25,964 kilometers. Lot 150. Sold for £258,125 ($307,305).
550 BARCHETTA RHD, VIN ZFFZR52C000124064 (2001). Yellow with black interior. Estimate £180,000 to £230,000 GBP. Ordered on 20 December 2000 with the Fiorano Handling Package. Numbered 86 of 448. It left the factory finished in Rosso Corsa with nero leather interior, and first registered on 1 August 2001. On 18 September 2001, the owner ordered from Koenig-Specials, a “6 end pipes” stainless steel exhaust. Over the next 22 years it has been used sparingly, with 4,753 miles showing. In 2015, the seller decided open Ferraris should be yellow, and had had it resprayed in Giallo Fly by Dick Lovett Ferrari. Religiously maintained, with MoT history dating back to 2004, and a host of documentation that includes the Ferrari Certificate of Origin, manuals, and correspondence with Ferrari. Car cover, jack, soft-top, and toolkit. Lot 116. Sold for £218,500 ($260,130).
ENZO FERRARI, VIN ZFFCZ56B000132659 (2003). Rosso Corsa with nero interior. Estimate £1.8 million to £2.2 million. Ordered on 16 October 2002 and collected from the factory on 23 June 2003 by its first and only owner. In less than two months the car had travelled 3,471 kilometers, and on 5 August it was serviced at the supplying dealer. By the time of its second service on 17 September, the car had covered 9,894 kilometers. The consignor continued to use and enjoy his Enzo into the following year, before an accident in March 2004 necessitated repair works at the factory in Maranello. After returning to service, the consignor continued to drive his Enzo as before, and by September 2004 had covered 23,384 kilometers. Stamps in the service manual track the mileage from 2003 to 2012, with the last service stamp in May 2012 at 51,935 kilometers. As The Gran Turismo Collection grew, the Enzo saw less use. By 19 November 2019 the car had covered 71,924 kilometers. It was last serviced on 17 August 2021. Accompanied by documentation including books, Certificate of Conformity, Ferrari folio, locking wheel-nut socket, MoT certificates, photo album, order correspondence, service invoices, and warranty card, plus other associated documents. Lot 120. Sold for £1,917,500 ($2.28 million).
SUPERAMERICA F1 RHD, VIN ZFFGT61C000146645 (2006). Giallo Fly with nero leather. Estimate £190,000 to £230,000 GBP. Originally finished in Grigio Silverstone with nero leather interior. One of 63 examples delivered to the UK. Registered by its first owner on 18 March 2006. Well optioned with brake calipers finished in aluminium paint, Daytona-style seat trim, Scuderia shields, Grigio Chiaro stitching, Becker Traffic Pro, and Fiorano Handling Package. The second owner acquired the car in June 2007, retaining the car until February 2013. The current owner decided to have all his open-top Ferraris painted in yellow and was refinished in Giallo Fly by Dick Lovett Ferrari. Part of The Gran Turismo Collection since 2013. Service records date back to 2009, and has a valid UK MoT until August 2023. Major service on 7 September 2022, at a cost of £7,499. Just 15,429 miles at the time of cataloging. Importantly, the Revocromico roof was found to be fully operational when tested on 3 October 2022. Lot 123. Sold for £189,750 ($225,903).
SA APERTA, VIN ZFF72RDB000183747 (2011). Giallo Triplo Strato with black leather. Estimate £1.4 million to £1.6 million. First registered in November 2011, purchased new by the consignor and joined The Gran Turismo Collection. 8,670 miles. Maintained by main dealers. Finished in with black detailing in place of the usual silver, plus yellow roll hoops and Scuderia shields. A GTO bonnet was fitted and the standard one remains with the car. Lot 130. Sold for £1,085,000. ($1.29 million).
LAFERRARI, VIN ZFF76ZHB000203166 (2014). Red with black interior. Estimate £2 million to £2.5 million. Delivered to the UK and first registered on 17 July 2014. This car has been regularly driven and enjoyed, and today has 24,233 miles on the odometer. The level of care is commensurate with use, with accompanying invoices from marque specialists totaling more than £30,000. This includes a March 2022 service. Accompanied by its Yellow Book, issued at birth for limited-edition models. Car cover, monogrammed photo album, owner’s manuals, leather overnight bag, towing kit, and tire inflator. Lot 128. Sold for £1,973,750. ($2.35 million).
F40, VIN ZFFGJ34B000088895 (1991). Red with black interior, red seats. Estimate £1.4 million to £1.6 million. Entered production on 8 March 1991 and finished on 21 March. It was delivered to its first owner in Monaco on 30 April 1991. In March 1994 the mileage was noted as 8,851 kilometers. The Ferrari stayed in the care of its first owner until 8 July 1997, when it was bought by the consignor. It spent some time at his home in France before being imported to the UK, where it was registered on 1 May 1998 and became part The Gran Turismo Collection. During the current ownership, it suffered an accident which necessitated new front and rear clams, sourced from the factory, to be fitted. Current mileage is 48,511 kilometers. With owner’s manual and service book, numerous invoices and MoT certificates, plus spare brake discs and seatbelts. Lot 117. Sold for £1,411,250. ($1,68 million).
348 CHALLENGE, VIN ZFFKA35B000093646 (1992). Giallo with nero interior. Estimate £60,000 to £80,000. No reserve. This is an early 348 Challenge which was supplied new and converted by importer, Charles Pozzi. It was delivered to first owner, Christian Heinkele on 25 July 1992. It made its race debut on 3 April 1993 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, where it was driven by Heinkele to a 10th-place finish. The series continued until November 1993, with Heinkele finishing 11th overall and rounding out the season with 12 points. For 1994, the car was more competitive; a series of strong performances resulted in Heinkele scoring 57 points and finishing the season 6th overall. Heinkele made an impressive start to the 1995 season, placing 2nd in class at Circuit Paul Ricard on his first outing. He returned the following day leading the field of 348 Challenge cars. The owner-driver steered the car to victory in all but two races, where he finished 2nd and 5th, respectively. He closed the season with 230 points and secured overall victory in the West European Ferrari 348 Challenge. 73,897 kilometers. Serviced on 29 September 2022. Accompanying history file, containing invoices dating from 1993 to 2016, period photographs, and race results. Lot 142. Sold for £69,000. ($82,146).
F355 CHALLENGE RHD, VIN ZFFXR41C000111454 (1998). Rosso Corsa with nero interior and rosso cloth seats. Estimate £80,000 to £120,000. Factory configured as a Challenge car and one of 18 delivered new to the UK. The first owner, racing driver John Seale, made his debut on 28 March 1999, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. At Donnington Park, Seale finished 3rd overall and 1st in Class C. For the 2000 season, Seale again drove in the Ferrari Challenge series, racing at Castle Combe, Donington, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, and Thruxton. He sold it to Kevin Wilkins, who participated in the 2001 and 2002 seasons of the Ferrari Challenge. In 2003, this F355 was acquired by Mike Furness, who raced from 2003 to 2007 in various rounds of the same series. Following a five-year hiatus, Furness returned to Silverstone—and the series—for one final time, taking part in rounds 1 and 2 on 17 April 2012. Acquired by the fourth owner in 2013, it was road-registered the following year. The car was lightly modified so that it could be driven on public roads. Today it is in its 2012 race livery and showing 18,137 miles. Lot 143. Sold for £92,000. ($109,528).
TESTAROSSA SPIDER, VIN EFG092 (1990) Red with black interior. Estimate £1.4 million to £1.8 million. It is thought that Pininfarina made seven almost identical but ultimately unique “Spider” adaptations for Brunei royalty, each finished in a different exterior and interior color combination. In addition to these Brunei cars, a very small number of Testarossa Spiders were built for important clients, including the consignor. Moving away from the global automotive manufacturing convention of a 17-digit VIN, Pininfarina instead created a new, truncated serial number convention for these rare convertible creations—this example is numbered “EFG092”. This car has never been registered for road use and is thought to have spent much of its life on static display. Displaying 413 kilometers. Revived from its life-long state of static display in 2021, the car was taken to Italy for restoration work. Returning to Pininfarina, the convertible hood was functionaly repaired, along with a full repaint and interior refreshed. Carrozzeria Zanasi then tended to the mechanical condition. Today, this example presents as an alluring piece of automotive history. Lot 134. Sold for £1,467,500.($1.75 million).
Ed note: I’ve included this result for entertainment purposes. The FML has collected serial numbers and history for fifty-plus years and this story/car was a new one for us. After some investigation through other serial number sources and FerrariChat, there are more that have been identified. Why would there be a non-Ferrari serial number? It would appear Pininfarina, who built the Testarossa bodies for Ferrari, was allowed to create basically one-offs for special customers. The speciales would not fall under homologation regulations required of a manufacturer like Ferrari, and Pininfarina could claim they were made for display purposes only. If you own your own country you get to write your own rules.