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RM Sotheby’s Monaco May 10-11, 2024

Volume 49 Issue 10

May 25, 2024

RM Sotheby's Monaco auction had a little bit for everyone. Projects, Daytona spider, modern future classics and race cars to complete the offering.

    330 GT 2+2 INTERIM, S/N 7483 (1965). Estimate €100,000 to €150,000.  The late Series I example features the quad-headlamp arrangement and 11-louvre design on the front wings. One of the first examples fitted with suspended pedals and the second-series dashboard, with three air vents rather than two. Factory equipped with power windows, air conditioning, and the five-speed gearbox found on second-series cars. Originally finished in blue with a rosso leather interior. Completed in September 1965, and distributed to Luigi Chinetti Motors before being sold to the first private owner in Jericho, New York. By the late 1980s, it had surfaced in Southern California, and 10 years later it passed into Florida. In 2006 it was acquired by a collector in the Middle East and has remained garaged since. The car is in need of significant refurbishment, and presents an excellent opportunity for a full restoration of an interesting production car. Lot 129. Sold for €92,000.


    365 GT 2+2, S/N 13171 (1970). Black with black leather. Estimate €80,000 to €120,000. The fifth of only six examples that were factory-equipped with an automatic transmission. Originally finished in Giallo Man O’War with nero Vaumol leather by Connolly. Distributed in May 1970 to Luigi Chinetti Motors, which later that year sold the car to a Mr. W. Taylor. Although the 365’s intermediary history is not documented, in late 2007 it was offered by a dealer in the Los Angeles area. At that time the car was acquired by the consignor based in the Middle East. It has remained in storage since then. Lot 136. Sold for €132,250.


    365 GTS/4 SPYDER, S/N 15383 (1972). Gunmetal gray with red leather. Estimate €2.8 million to €3.2 million. First delivered in March 1972 via dealer M. G. Crepaldi Automobili to Motorgui S.r.l. of Milan. Sold to a resident on 4 July. Originally finished in Grigio Argento with nero Connolly leather. One of 14 examples to leave the factory with a Grigio Argento finish. On 12 June 1974, Motorgui S.r.l. sold chassis 15383 again. By 1981, it was reported to have been painted black and running with a rebuilt engine, later seen at a Ferrari Club event in Alessandria, Italy. In March 1983, it had crossed the Atlantic, and was for sale at Bob Sharp Ferrari in Danbury, Connecticut, and later sold to Michael Weinstock of New York. By 1993, it had resurfaced, this time spotted in its factory-original Grigio Argento, and in October 1994 the car was sold to John Winter of Florida. Symbolic Restorations in San Diego fully restored the car and repainted it yellow. Offered for sale in the late 1990s, the Ferrari was sold at auction in 1998. Certified by Classiche, issued on 21 April, 2010. Sold at auction to a London-based owner in January 2011. Acquired six years later by the consigning owner, the car has been subject to a bare-metal restoration in a process spanning two years and involving Carrozzeria Zanasi with Joe Macari. The restoration finished in time to participate in Cavalcade Classiche in 2019. Accompanied by its Red Book, Certificato d’Origine, ACI documentation, and report by Marcel Massini. Lot 157. Sold for €3.44 million.


    365 GT4/BB, S/N 17883 (1974). Red with tan interior and jute seats. Estimate €300,000 to €400,000. Completed by the factory on 2 May 1974. Specified in Blu Dino configured as a European version for delivery to Italy. One of 44 examples painted this color. Delivered to Renato Nocentini’s Garage La Rotonda in Prato, near Florence. Sold to its first owner in May 1974. In 1978, it was sold to its second owner, after her passing in 1990 the car was procured by her relative. In 1995 it was sold and again in 1998 to its fifth owner in Munich, Germany. The Ferrari stayed in Germany until it was acquired at auction by the consigning owner in 2017. Kept in storage for a number of years, and later returned to running condition for sale at auction. Classiche certified. Offered with original owner’s manual. Lot 245. Sold for €320,000.


    365 GT4/400i Prototipo, S/N 18415 (1975). Argento Metallizzato with beige interior. Estimate €60,000 to €80,000. Completed in 1975 as a 365 GT4 2+2. It is understood to have been retained by the factory for testing and development purposes. According to a letter from The Maranello Concessionnaires Archive, it was fitted with an automatic gearbox and a 400 engine, fed first by carburetors and, ultimately, fuel injection during its time as an “Esperianza” car. Road registered in March 1980. Sold to its first owner the following month and would pass through a further six owners before being exported from Italy in 2002. It resurfaced in 2017, then owned in Tasmania, Australia, and was acquired by the consigning seller in 2020. Accompanied by a number of factory test documents, automatic gearbox, air conditioning, metric alloy wheels, a roof-mounted stereo, third rear ash tray, and a fuel-injected engine bearing the number 00001. This vehicle will require restoration prior to returning to the road. Lot 259. Sold for €40,250.


    812 SUPERFAST, VIN ZFF83CMB000244145 (2019). Blu Genziana with Avorio roof and natural interior. Estimate €295,000 to €375,000. Built to order by the Tailor-Made department and configured to pay homage to a 410 Superamerica chassis number 0719 SA. In early 2018, Belgian Ferrari dealer, Monza NV of Sint-Martens-Latem, near Ghent, fulfilled a special order to the wishes of the car’s first owner. A detailed list of modifications was drawn up for submission to Ferrari’s Tailor-Made division, which focused on recreating 0719 SA’s distinctive two-tone paint finish and replicating the original car’s interior. The factory incorporated the original 1950s-style vertical ribbed stitching into the new car’s seats. The 812 Superfast was sold at auction in 2020 with 3,929 km. Currently reading 4,083 km. Lot 213. Sold for €299,750.


    GTB TURBO, VIN ZFFZA27B000080099 (1989). Rosso Corsa with nero interior. Estimate €70,000 to €110,000. First registered in Perugia, Italy, on 10 February 1989. Imported to France in 2015. Full engine overhaul in March 2022 by Charles Pozzi. The car further benefits from the replacement of the ABS system in October of the same year. Accompanied by invoices, a 2021 engineer’s report, and build data from Ferrari Classiche, in addition to tools and a jack. Lot 155. Sold for €80,500.


    CHALLENGE STRADALE,  VIN ZFFDT57B000136548 (2004). Rosso Corsa with nero and rosso interior, red stitching. Estimate €220,000 to €250,000. One of fewer than 1,300 produced, the car left Maranello on 3 February 2004. Rosso Corsa brake calipers, carbon fiber seats and black roll cage. Delivered to Autohaus Gohm in Germany. Within 11 months it had covered 10,352 km. In recent years, it has enjoyed more sparing use. 42,847 km. Acquired by the vendor in 2022 from dealer Charles Pozzi. Complete with leather wallet containing manuals, invoices, and stamped service book. Cambelt change at 41,537 km. Lot 121. Sold for €241,250.


    F430, VIN ZFFEZ58B000141377 (2005). Rosso Corsa with nero interior. Estimate €210,000 to €240,000. One of the few with manual gearbox. Supplied by Charles Pozzi, and delivered to its first custodian in Paris on 22 March 2005. Carbon fiber trim. Carefully preserved with sparing use since 2016. Acquired from Pozzi by the current owner. Complete with handbooks, stamped service book, and tools. Separate invoices detail the last dealer service was completed in March 2024. 33.398 km. Lot 125. Sold for €224,250.


    458 ITALIA, VIN ZFF67NHB000170100 (2009). One-off camouflage pattern with brown/camouflage interior. Estimate €250,000 to €350,000. Styled by the Tailor-Made department for Lapo Elkann, grandson of Gianni Agnelli and heir to the Fiat empire. The exterior camouflage pattern not only covers the body panels but extends to the alloy wheels, badges, brake calipers, grilles, and more. Inside the car, the “army” theme continues, notably on the dashboard, door cards, and seats. Even carbon fiber panels are colored green, which continues into the engine bay receiving the custom treatment. First registered in Italy in April 2010, Elkann retained the Ferrari until 2016, when it was sold at a charity auction for €1 million. The second owner kept the car for around a year, until it was sold at auction again in September 2017 where it was acquired by the consigning owner. 24,482 km. The seller will bestow 20 per cent of the final hammer price to Save the Children, while RM Sotheby’s will donate its seller’s commission fee to the charity. Lot 210. Sold for €466,250.


    625 F1, S/N 0540 (1955). Red. Estimate €2.5 million to €3 million. This Formula 1 car began life as chassis number 0208 F, the fourth of five 500 F2 examples. Purchased new by Jacques Swaters, the car was the first Ferrari ever raced by Ecurie Francorchamps. The 500 was campaigned in 17 events during 1952 and 1953. For 1954, the Formula 1 championship shifted back to F1 qualifications, and as a result most of the surviving 500 F2 cars were sent back to Ferrari and upgraded to 625 F1 specifications. Ecurie Francorchamps then ran the car at seven more races during 1954 before trading the car back to the factory. The surviving Scuderia Ferrari Works 500 F2 cars were re-numbered to four-digit even-numbered cars and resold to privateers in 1954 in 625 F1 specification. This car was sold to Marquis Alfonso de Portago in early 1955. Portago campaigned 0540 in four Formula 1 events during 1955. In late 1955 it was purchased by British engineer Donald Healey. Five years later he sold the 625. It in 1967 it came to Pierre Bardinon’s Mas du Clos collection. Sold in 1983 to Jacques Setton of Paris.  Setton retained possession for 10 years before selling the car. Acquired by Carlos Monteverde in the late 1990s, the 625 was sold in 1998 to David Vine of Plymouth, England, and he enjoyed the car at various vintage events. In December 2000 it was purchased by a collector based in Cologne, Germany. In April 2022 the 625 was inspected by Ferrari Classiche, the inspection report indicates the car is stamped with the correct chassis and engine numbers, and the gearbox is the correct type. Lot 221. Sold for €2.7 million.


    312 T4, S/N 040 (1979). Estimate €6 million to €6.5 million. The first full ground-effect car. After five rounds of the 1979 Formula 1 World Championship, Jody Scheckter lay 4th in the championship. For the Belgian Grand Prix, Scheckter was allocated a new 312 T4, chassis number 040. Once in the lead, Scheckter created a dominant 15-second gap by the fall of the checkered flag. Scheckter’s drive in chassis 040 marked a turning point in his championship, catapulting him and Ferrari into the championship lead. Scheckter and Ferrari established a clear championship lead that he would never lose. Apart from the British Grand Prix, every race Scheckter drove during the remainder of the season was in chassis 040. Scheckter became Formula 1 World Champion in his first year at Ferrari. Scheckter’s career at Ferrari continued into 1980 before he decided to retire. Out of his whole career, Scheckter wished to own one car, 040, and it was earmarked by Ferrari for him. Since 1982, this Formula 1 car has remained in the stable of its champion. Demonstrated on several occasions, it was returned to Maranello for an engine rebuild prior to the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix. Its last major outing being at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix. Not raced since 1979, it remains extremely original. This 312 T4 has never been driven by anyone other than Jody Scheckter. Lot 226. Sold for €7.65 million.



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