RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island March 4th, 2023
Volume 48 Issue 6
Mar 18, 2023
RM Sotheby's Amelia auction saw several spectacular results. An F50 for $5.06 million was among the best.
250 GTE 2+2 SERIES I, S/N 2889 GT (1961). Grigio Conchiglio with blue-green Connolly leather. Estimate $475,000 to $575,000. Completed in October 1961 and sold that November in Rome. It would enjoy several other Italian owners until 1972, when it was exported to the United States and sold to Seattle, Washington. In 1988 it returned across the Atlantic and was purchased by a British collector. It was then acquired in 1993 by the first of several collectors in British Columbia, Canada, who enjoyed the car over the next decade, finished in dark red with black interior. In 2002, it was sold to a British connoisseur, and sold again in 2015. Then a restoration was performed. Marcel Massini history report, build and ownership information and a file of invoices and receipts from previous caretakers. 23,655 km. Lot 186. Sold for $544,000.
275 GTS, S/N 7501 (1965). Rosso with tan Connolly leather. Estimate $1.3 million to $1.6 million. Completed in July 1965 and originally Avorio with red Connolly leather. Sold new to Willy-Peter Daetwyler. By 1978, he had sold the car to Rodolfo Junco de la Vega, Jr., from whose collection it is offered. By the time of de la Vega’s purchase it had been repainted in Rosso corsa retaining the original rosso Connolly leather. It would remain in this color combination for the next 30 years. In 2011, it was treated to a thorough restoration which included tan Connolly leather interior and black convertible soft top. Recent service. 46,491 miles. Lot 128. Sold for $1.65 million.
330 GTC, S/N 10927 (1968). Amaranto with nero interior. Estimate $550,000 to $650,000. Completed in November 1967, finished in rosso paint with Beige Scuro leather. Delivered to Milan. Subsequently exported to California. By August 1976 it was acquired by a gentleman in San Francisco who would care for the car for over 25 years. Work performed during ownership included a refinish to Amaranto. Acquired in 2016 by the consignor. In late 2022 the engine was rebuilt. Tool kit and jack, history file with prior registrations, service and restoration invoices, and photos. 16,501 km. Lot 134. Sold for $610,000.
TESTAROSSA, VIN ZFFSA17A2G0063753 (1986). Rosso corsa with nero leather. Estimate $225,000 to $300,000. No reserve. Completed in April 1986 and subsequently acquired by Mr. Terence E. Adderley in 1990. It has resided in the Adderley collection for over 30 years. 3,600 miles. Recent engine service. Lot 112. Sold for $307,500.
F50, VIN ZFFTA46B000103501 (1995). Rosso corsa. Estimate $4.75 million to $6 million. Started in October 1995 and completed two months later. Distributed through Auto Italia Limited in Hong Kong. Sold new and that owner reportedly retained possession for 27 years. In May 2022 service began in the U.K. and was completed November 2022. Classiche certified in 2020. 1,342 kilometers (834 miles). Accompanied with soft top in the canvas bag, two pieces of Schedoni fitted luggage, the factory-issued flight case for the hard top, owner’s manuals with flashlight, photo build album, and tools. Lot 160. Sold for $5.06 million.
DINO 206 GT, S/N 00136 (1968). Grigio Notte metallizzato with black vinyl interior. Estimate $700,000 to $825,000. Completed on 30 August 1968, delivered to Crepaldi Automobili S.a.s. in Milan. Originally finished in Rosso Chiaro with nero vinyl seats with red cloth inserts. Sold to its first owner who kept it the next four years before selling it in 1972. An American serviceman imported the car to the United States. He sold the Dino in 1974 and the new owner would keep it for the next three decades. Between 2004 and 2008 it was sold several times. A new owner would embark on a full restoration in 2013. In 2018 the car was sold to the consignor. Tool roll, owner’s manual, guarantee booklet, small-post jack and fire extinguisher. Lot 166. Sold for $868,500.
308 GTB VETRORESINA, S/N 19377 (1976). Azzurro metallizzato with beige leather. Estimate $225,000 to $275,000. No reserve. Delivered new in June 1976 via Motor S.p.A Roma. Equipped with the European-only dry-sump engine. After a decade under European ownership, the car was exported to the United States into Michigan, where the car would remain until the early 2000s. After passing through several owners it began a three-year refurbishment which was completed by the car’s next owner in late 2017. Hundreds of pictures and work invoices document the restoration. After a full rebuild of all mechanicals, the car was repainted in its original finish of Azzurro metallizzato. First delivered with Pelle Blu upholstery, the interior was retrimmed in Pelle Beige leather with black inserts and dark blue Wilton wool carpet. Certified by Classiche in 2019. Tool roll, owner’s manual with service booklet, and protective leather wallet. 46,733 km. Lot 168. Sold for $313,000.
288 GTO, VIN ZFFPA16B000056773 (1985). Rosso corsa with black leather. Estimate $4 million to $4.5 million. It left the factory on 3 May 1985. Destined for the United States, it was equipped with air conditioning and power windows but without radio. Sold new by Lake Forest Sportscars to Florida on 10 June 1985. Little is known about the first few years. By 1993, it had changed hands. Sold to its fourth owner in 2001. Serviced regularly. On 31 January 2022, Classiche certification was submitted. 7,962 km. Complete ownership history record, and invoices detailing care and maintenance throughout the course of the current 20-year family custodianship. Original books and tool kit. Lot 182. Sold for $3.97 million.