Ferrari Collection Added to RM Monaco Auction

A significant Ferrari collection, including a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, has been added to RM Auctions’ Sporting Classics of Monaco sale, taking place at the Grimaldi Forum on 1st May, 2010.

“RM has quickly established itself as Europe’s leading seller of vintage Ferraris at auction,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe. “We are truly pleased to be offering this fabulous collection of significant Ferraris at our forthcoming sale in Monaco.”

The feature car of the collection is regarded as one of the finest examples of the 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ model. Finished in Rosso Barchetta, this long wheelbase 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France (s/n 0925 GT) was supplied new to the famous collector William Harrah through Otto Zipper Motors, Ferrari’s official representative in Hollywood, California. It features beautiful, all-alloy Scaglietti-designed bodywork and only 17,500 original miles. Many consider 0925 GT to be the best and most original 250 GT Tour de France example in existence, thanks in part to its long residence in the Harrah Collection. The car changed hands in 1986 after Mr. Harrah’s death, and has since participated in several Mille Miglia Storica retrospectives and various other rallies in the 1990s, including the Tour de France Auto. (Estimate: €2,000,000 – €2,500,000).

Another highlight of the collection is a rare right-hand drive 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Vignale Berlinetta (s/n 0170ET), one of only two lightweight ‘Tuboscocca’ competition Berlinetta’s produced. 0170ET was supplied new in 1952 to Dr. Augusto Caraceni in Rome who campaigned it in the Mille Miglia that same year alongside Franco Meloni. The car boasts a strong period and contemporary competition history and has been shown at several concours events over the years. (Estimate: €600,000 – €800,000).

One of the most iconic Ferraris of the 1970s was the 365 GTB/4 Daytona and amongst this collection is a rare 1971 ‘Spyder’ example (s/n 14553) sold new in the USA. One of only 121 Daytona Spyders ever built, this car has since been the subject of a concours-quality restoration by a leading marque specialist and is officially certified by the factory. It also participated in the 2008 Daytona 40th anniversary celebrations in Maranello. (Estimate: €600,000 – €800,000).

Rounding out the collection is an alloy 1954 250 Europa Pinin Farina Coupe (s/n 0349), the 1954 Paris Salon car, a highly original first series example that is Ferrari Classiche certified and won its class at Villa d’Este in 2008. (Estimate: €450,000 – €700,000); and, a right-hard drive, long-nose 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB (s/n 7933), which was supplied new to an American owner by Chinetti Motors (Estimate: €700,000 – €900,000).

This single-owner collection of Ferraris joins the recently-announced Zach Collection of 26 Rolls-Royce motor cars on the starting grid of RM’s inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco event at the Grimaldi Forum on 1st May, 2010 – the same weekend as the 7th Grand Prix Historique de Monaco. The single-day event will present 80 motor cars to automotive enthusiasts and collectors from around the world.

For more information or to discuss consignment opportunities, contact RM’s London office on
+44 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmauctions.com.

[Source: RM Auctions]

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