RM Sotheby’s Gene Ponder Collection
Volume 47 Issue 22
Oct 29, 2022
RM Sotheby's Gene Ponder Collection had a small group of interesting Ferraris. While not necessarily top shelf Ferraris they are data points for the Ferrari market in general.
166 BARCHETTA REPLICA, S/N 0259 EU (on 212 Inter chassis). Rosso corsa with pumpkin-colored leather. $525,000 to $675,000. No reserve. This particular 212 entered the Pinin Farina plant where it received an Inter coupe body. It was sold new in early 1953 to a dealer in Florence, Italy. Within the next 10 years or so, the car would be shipped across the Atlantic after having its original engine removed and fitted into a different 212 chassis. Once in the United States, it was repainted in silver blue metallic in 1967. In 1994, the car was sold and believed to have been fitted with an engine from a 250 GT; the present engine is un-stamped. Sold to DK Engineering and subsequently Brian Classic. In 2001, Brian Classic commissioned a recreation in the style of the Superleggera Mille Miglia Barchetta by Touring. In 2006, it was sold to the United States. In 2009, it was sold to its current owner. Lot 3180. Sold for $792,000.
250 GT PF COUPE, S/N 1491 GT (1959). Red with black and red leather interior. Estimate $475,000 to $550,000. No reserve. The 201st of 353 examples built, originally finished in Nocciola with a naturale vinyl and leather interior. Instrumentation in kilometers, Borrani wire wheels, a Nardi steering wheel, and Abarth exhaust system. Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors. It would pass through a short series of owners in the Northeast before going to Ohio by 1971. The next owner, Wayne Sparling, purchased it in October 1975. He kept the car for 42 years and he restored it in its present colors. An aftermarket air conditioning unit was also fitted during Sparling’s tenure. Shown at the 2007 Cavallino Classic. Acquired by an enthusiast in Houston, Texas, before joining the Gene Ponder Collection in 2019. The red exterior paint was refinished and a 410 Superamerica-style scoop was worked into the car’s hood. Lot 3164. Sold for 489,500.
330 GTC, S/N 9487 (1967). Rosso Rubino with beige leather. Estimate $650,000 to $725,000. No reserve. Completed in late December 1966 then to Crepaldi Automobili. Originally metallic silver with nero Franzi leather. Three years later it was exported to the United States. October 1973 it appeared for sale in Denver, Colorado. Sold to California, it appeared with Ferrari of Los Gatos in December 1978. Subsequently acquired in July 1983 by Alan Abreu of Danville, California, where it would remain for the next 30 years. July 2000, Patrick Ottis sorted the car’s electrical system, transaxle, driveshaft, and clutch. In 2007, Perfect Reflections completed a bare-metal repaint in Rosso Rubino. The upholstery was redone in beige leather. Correct-type Ferrari air conditioning system, power windows, Talbot mirror, and Becker Europa radio. Acquired by Mr. Ponder in late 2018. Lot 3215. Sold for $797,500.
DINO 246 GTS, S/N 07892 (1974 USA model). Red with black. Chairs & flares. Estimate $400,000 to $500,000. No reserve. Destined for Chinetti Garthwaite Imports in Paoli, Pennsylvania. In November 1974 it was sold to its first caretaker in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Two years later was sold to Mexico City, Mexico. This owner would cherish the 246 GTS over the next 15 years. Service records show it was maintained with no regard to cost. Sold in 1993, it passed through several owners. Many pages of services records stretching back decades are included with the sale. After its acquisition by Gene Ponder, the original Campagnolo wheels were replaced by rare, Borrani wire wheels, complete with three-ear knock-offs and Pirelli Cinturato tires. Lot 3149. Sold for $632,500.
348 TS, VIN ZFFFG36A5L0086502 (1990 USA model). Rosso corsa with tan leather. Estimate $45,000 to $65,000. No reserve. Maintained in Louisiana all its life. Showing less than 9,000 miles. Tool roll and factory ownership manuals. Lot 3135. Sold for $126,500.
355 F1 SPIDER, SERIE FIORANO #24/100, VIN ZFFXR48A3X0116250 (1999 USA model). Rosso corsa with tan leather. Estimate $100,000 to $140,000. No reserve. Alcantara suede steering wheel. Scuderia fender shields and Challenge rear grilles. 8,650 miles. Lot 3161. Sold for $209,000.
250 TR RECREATION, S/N 41217 (1958). Red with tan interior. Titled as a 1958 Ferrari. Crafted at the request of a previous owner, this tribute is based on a 1982 Ferrari 400i chassis that has been modified and fitted with handmade aluminum bodywork, with pontoon-style fenders and a rear fairing behind the driver’s seat. The Dino V-6 engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. To the Gene Ponder Collection in 2016. Lot 3188. $154,000.