A 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider will headline the 2016 Artcurial Retromobile auction, scheduled for 5-6 February at the Retromobile Show in Paris. Artcurial’s 2016 Retromobile sale will present approximately 130 automobiles over two days.
The Ferrari 335 S, chassis 0674, left the workshops at the start of 1957, fitted with a Scaglietti body, a design born of the requirements of a powerful racing car. It was fitted at that time with a 3.8-litre V12 Tipo 140 engine (315 S) that had twin-cams per bank of cylinders producing around 360 bhp.
In March of that year it was entered by Scuderia Ferrari for the Sebring 12 Hours, driven by Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant, and finished sixth. At the Mille Miglia in May, chassis 0674 was driven by Wolfgang von Trips to second overall behind the Piero Tariff’s similar Ferrari. On being returned to the factory, its engine size was increased to 4.1-litres, therefore becoming a 335 S. With close to 400 bhp under its belt, the car could reach 300 km/h.
For the 24 Heures du Mans, the car was given to Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Musso. Hawthorn took the lead in front of the Maserati and Jaguars and set the first lap record in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours of over 200 km/h (203.015 km/h average speed) but unfortunately the car retired in the fifth hour with mechanical problems. The Ferrari then finished fourth in the Swedish Grand Prix, and second in the Venezuela Grand Prix on 3 November with team of Hawthorn and Musso, helping Ferrari to win the World Constructors’ Title in 1957.
In January 1958 it was sold to Luigi Chinetti, the Ferrari importer based in New York. On 24 February of that year, with Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss at the wheel, the car won the Cuba Grand Prix. During the 1958 season, it participated successfully in various American races driven by Gaston Andrey and Lance Reventlow, before being sold to Robert N. Dusek in 1960, an architect living in Pennsylvania.
Following this American adventure, the car was brought to France in 1970. The American architect sold it to Pierre Bardinon, the collector who over the years assembled some fifty factory Ferraris comprising the most successful and iconic models in the history of the marque. Kept as part Pierre Bardinon’s private collection for over 40 years, the car has been used and maintained regularly and is presented in excellent condition. Chassis 0674 is estimated to sell for €28,000,000 – €32,000,000 ($30,000,000 – $34,000,000).
Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars, said, “Both a Work of Art and the Queen of Speed, this represents the elixir of the exceptional: beauty, rarity, racing success, history, authenticity and provenance!”
The headline 335 S Spider from the Pierre Bardinon collection will be joined by several other Ferraris:
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta from the Antoine Midy collection (Est. €9,000,000 – €12,000,000)
1986 Ferrari Testrossa Spider built for Gianni Agnelli (Est. €700 000 – €900 000)
1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 2, Ex-King of Morocco, from the Adrien Maeght collection (Est. €1,400,000 – €1,800,000)
Held over two days, Artcurial’s 2016 Retromobile sale will also feature 40 Citroën models collected by André Trigano, as well as another 10 double chevron automobiles that will retrace the marque’s history.