Save this: Lot. 174 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France”

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Lot 174 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’

RM Sotheby’s will reprise its role as the official auction house of Florida’s renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with the presentation of its 18th annual collector car sale at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, March 12. From coachbuilt classics to modern supercars loaded with the latest in automotive technology, the handpicked roster of 90+ automobiles spans over a century of automotive styling and design.

Entries for the March sale are led by a handsome 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A, chassis no. 408371. A one-off design featuring a bevy of special features including a raked vee’d windshield, louvered front hood, fitted luggage and five-speed transmission, this stunning 540 K boasts an exceptional provenance highlighted by some of the most famous names in the hobby (Est. $3,000,000 – $4,000,000).

  • 1932 Ford Model 18 Edsel Ford Speedster; the first of three one-off custom speedsters designed by Bob Gregorie for Edsel Ford, this once long lost and now beautifully restored Ford has never before been offered for public sale (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000);
  • 1953 Siata 300 BC Barchetta by Bertone, campaigned in Pennsylvania hill climbs and ice races in period and offered in largely original condition from its owner of an incredible 60 years (Est. $200,000 – $250,000);
  • 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, CSX 2188, the recipient of an exacting restoration by marque experts and stunning in black over red with chrome wire wheels (Est. $950,000 – $1,200,000);
  • 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, the first 288 GTO officially delivered in Japan (Est. $2,300,000 – $2,600,000); and,
  • 2014 Pagani Huayra, a design and performance masterpiece capable of sprinting 0 – 60 in just 3.0 seconds and showing less than 400 miles from new (Est. $1,900,000 – $2,200,000).

In addition to its traditional automobile offering, RM Sotheby’s is proud to support the fundraising initiatives of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance via the presentation of a series of charity lots at the start of the March 12 auction, with proceeds benefiting Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.

A complete list of offerings is found in the digital catalogue, now available for downloading here. Further information, hi-res images and interview opportunities with RM Sotheby’s specialists are available and can be easily arranged upon request. Additionally, we’d like to take this opportunity to extend you an invite to join us at the event where an exciting range of media opportunities will be available. To register for media credentials, please click here.


Bonhams returns to Paris for the annual Grand Palais Sale on 4 February 2016, led by the magnificent 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, estimated at €2,500,000-3,500,000 and offered without reserve.

Developed by marque founder, Enzo Ferrari, the 275 GTB is considered a masterpiece of motor car design. Boasting a V12, 300 bhp engine, it was the successor to the 250 series, spearheaded by the legendary 250 GTO (currently the most valuable motor car sold at auction, following Bonhams $38,115,000 sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO), leading it to be met with great applause when it was introduced at the 1964 Paris Autosalon.

Sleek, muscular, and expertly proportioned, the front-engined, two-door Berlinetta is from the second series of the model’s production, which introduced the longer nosed variant, making it rarer, more aerodynamic, and considerably prettier. Chassis 8973 is one of the ultra desirable ‘torque tube’ models, featuring Pininfarina designed Scaglietti coachwork, complete with matching numbers and continuous history.
Further highlights from the Ferrari stable include a 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, estimated at €950,000-1,100,000. The F40 was the last model ever approved by founding father, Enzo Ferrari, and when it was launched, it was the most powerful model ever built by the marque – the perfect finale to Enzo Ferrari’s legacy.74_1
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “Bonhams Grand Palais Sale returns with more than 150 rare and exciting lots of collectors’ motor cars, motorcycles and automobilia. With several rare and special cars already consigned, we expect another incredible sale at the magnificent Grand Palais.”
Elsewhere, a spectacular 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupé is offered, estimated at €1,800,000-2,000,000. When Mercedes-Benz first unveiled its CLK GTR in 1998, it sold for an astonishing $1.5 million, making it the most expensive production car ever, a figure only recently exceeded by the Ferrari FXX. Supplied new to Switzerland, chassis number ‘23’ has covered a mere 3,285km, making one of the rarest and most desirable Mercedes-Benz models of modern times in effectively ‘as new’ condition.9259503-1-12
Further early consignments to the Grand Palais Sale include a Porsche Carrera GT, estimated at €800,000-1,000,000, a highly original 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, estimated at €350,000-450,000, a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster with less than 950km from new, estimated at €250,000-350,000, and an ultra rare original left hand drive 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé, estimated at €380,000-540,000.

Bonhams wins the “Auction Car of the Year” Award for sale of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta


I lettori di una delle principali riviste automobilistiche tedesche, Motor Klassik, hanno votato l’asta Bonhams nella quale è stata venduta la Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta del 1962“Car Auction of the Year”. Con i suoi 38 milioni di dollari, la spettacolare vendita della Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta è la macchina più costosa mai aggiudicata in un’asta.

La 250 GTO è stata venduta come parte della leggendaria Collezione Rosso Maranello di dieci Ferrari, una collezione che ha raggiunto un totale di 65 milioni di dollari. L’asta Bonhams  dove ha avuto luogo lo storico evento è stata quella di Quail Lodge a Carmel, in California, nel mese di agosto 2014.

Hans-Jörg Götzl,di Motor Klassik, ha aggiunto che “Lo straordinario successo del Motor Klassik Award 2015 per Bonhams e la Ferrari 250 GTO non è in realtà una sorpresa: la GTO è una delle più grandi opere d’arte automobilistica di tutti i tempi con una storia impressionante e il battitore Bonhams ha abilmente gestito le offerte fino alla incredibile cifra record di 38 milioni di dollari”.

Fondata nel 1984, Motor Klassik è una delle riviste automobilistiche leader in Germania. – –

Readers of one of Germany’s leading motoring magazines, Motor Klassik, have voted Bonhams sale of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta “Auction Car of the Year”.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motorcars, said, “At $38,115,000 (€28,528,626 or £22,843,633), the spectacular sale of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is written into the history books as the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction. We’re delighted that this fantastic sale has been recognised by the readers of Motor Klassik.

The 250 GTO was sold as part of the legendary Maranello Rosso Collection of ten Ferraris, a collection that reached an astonishing combined total of $65,945,000 (€49,359,559 or £39,522,440). The sale took place at Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California, in August 2014.

In an annual poll, readers of Motor Klassik voted the sale of the 250 GTO as ‘Car Auction of the Year’. Hans-Jörg Götzl, Chief Editor, Motor Klassik, said: “The overwhelming success of the Motor Klassik Award 2015 for Bonhams’ Ferrari 250 GTO is actually no big surprise: The GTO is one of the largest automotive works of art of all time with an impressive history – and Bonhams auctioneer skillfully managed the bidders, as the price crept up to an incredible $38,115,000, a brand new world record price!”

Established in 1984, Motor Klassik is one of Germany’s leading automotive magazines. The results of the magazines annual awards are compiled from a readership survey. – –



Artcurial: the incredible Baillon Collection that had lain dormant in the west of France for 50 years, at the 2015 Retromobile

Parigi – Artcurial Motorcars condurrà ancora una volta l’asta ufficiale della Mostra Retromobile, attirando appassionati e collezionisti francesi e internazionali. Nell’anno in cui la Retromobile celebra il suo 40° anniversario, il reparto auto Artcurial presenterà 155 lotti di automobilia e 176 automobili eccezionali, tra cui 59 lotti della Collezione Baillon, scoperta lo scorso settembre dal Direttore di Artcurial Motorcars Matthieu Lamoure e dallo specialist Pierre Novikoff.

Sotto la conduzione di Hervé Poulain, la vendita avrà inizio alle ore 11.00 con la sezione Automobilia, dedicata al mondo dell’automobile (mascotte, litografie e manifesti, valigeria, modelli, ecc). Segurà alle 14.00 la vendita della incredibile e inedita Collezione Baillon rimasta nascosta nella parte occidentale della Francia per circa cinquant’anni. Alle 17.00 sarà la volta di 117 vetture di collezionisti diversi datate tra il 1901 al 2011, tra cui ben 14 hanno stime intorno al milione di euro.

L’asta avrà luogo il 6 febbraio 2015 presso il Salon Rétromobile – Hall 1 + 2.1, Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles 75015, Paris.

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Ferrari 250 California
Ferrari 250 California

Paris – Artcurial Motorcars will once again conduct the official auction sale at the Retromobile Show, in Paris on 6 February 2015, attracting both French and international enthusiasts and collectors. In the year when the Retromobile Show celebrates its 40th anniversary, the collectors’ car department at Artcurial will present 155 lots of automobilia and 176 exceptional automobiles including 59 lots from the Baillon Collection, discovered last September by Artcurial Motorcars Managing Director Matthieu Lamoure and specialist Pierre Novikoff.

Under the hammer of Maître Hervé Poulain, the sale will begin at 11.00 with the Automobilia section, dedicated to the world of the automobile (mascots, framed artwork including lithographs and posters, vintage suitcases, children’s motor cars etc). It will be followed at 14.00 by the sale of the incredible, previously unseen, Baillon Collection that had lain dormant in the west of France for some 50 years. At 17.00, some 117 collectors cars dating from 1901 to 2011 will come under the hammer, including 8 models each estimated to sell for over €1-million and another six between 500 000 euros and 1 million euros.

Sale date :
Friday 6 February 2015

Salon Rétromobile – Hall 1 + 2.1
Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles 75015 Paris

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Artcurial, Paris 2 nov 2014: Automobiles Sur Les Champs

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Catalog – pdf
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Catalog – pdf

Parigi è una città meravigliosa, ideale scenario di ogni manifestazione. La sua architettura secondo impero accoglie ed incornicia sontuosamente ogni evento che la Ville Lumière ospiti conferendo allo stesso quell’aura che ne definisce la sua preziosità, la sua unicità. Domenica 2 novembre Artcurial presenta “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. Un’asta molto ricca di sfumature. In una giornata si può passare dalle innumerevoli automobilia per poi osservare le auto vere e proprie. Non mancano pezzi veramente preziosi e rari. Nè manca la sempre crescente consapevolezza che il mercato dell’auto d’epoca stia vivendo un momento di grande crescita. Ecco una galleria con qualche anticipazione come le due storiche Rally: la Lancia Fulvia del ’72 e S4 del ’85. Due epoche gloriose a confronto. Forse due nostalgici esempi dei trionfi delle Lancia nei campionati mondiali Rally del passato.

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Paris is a wonderful city, an ideal setting for every event. The architecture of the Second Empire welcomes and frame sumptuously every event that the Ville Lumière can hold, giving them the same aura that defines its preciousness, its uniqueness. Sunday, November 2 Artcurial presents “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. In one day you can see numerous automobilia and classic cars. There are examples truly precious and rare. It’s evident that the car market is in a period of tremendous growth. Here is a gallery with some anticipation as the two historic Lanica Rally: the ’72 Fulvia and ’85 S4. Two glorious periods in comparison. Perhaps two nostalgic examples of the triumphs of the Lancia Rally World Championships in the past.

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Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, birth of a myth

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

La “berlinetta” definisce un’auto priva dei posti posteriori o dotata di piccoli sedili di fortuna. Di solito definisce una vettura sportiva ma allo stesso tempo utilizzabile su strada, in ogni caso una vettura ad alte prestazioni. Presentata a Parigi nell’ottobre 1959, la Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto sintetizzò in sé la vera road racer. Con poche modifiche (candele più fredde, pneumatici da gara, roll-bar), la vettura era pronta a sfidare chiunque nella sua categoria.

Disegnata da Pininfarina e costruita in collaborazione con Scaglietti, è stata carrozzata in alluminio per la prima serie, anche se in seguito questo materiale è stato usato solo per le versioni da corsa. Con numerose vittorie al suo attivo, rimane una delle Ferrari più amate di sempre. La versione 1960 della 250 GT Berlinetta è stata progettata da Pininfarina e costruita alla Scaglietti di Modena. Le denominazioni “Passo Lungo” per l’interasse 2600 mm e “Passo Corto” per l’interasse 2400 mm, sono stati successivamente adottate per distinguere le due serie. Si trattava della prima Ferrari ad essere equipaggiata con freni a disco di serie.

Le versione da competizione comprendeva la carrozzeria in alluminio, gli interni alleggeriti ed il motore più potente. La versione “Lusso”, aveva di solito la carrozzeria in acciaio con le porte ed i cofani in alluminio. Nel 1961 le vetture “competizione” furono ulteriormente alleggerite e dotate di un propulsore ancora più potente. Lo scopo di questi cambiamenti era la sfida lanciata dalla Jaguar “E” Type.

Il motore, progettato da Gioachino Colombo era un V12 con singolo albero a camme in testa per bancata di cilindri, cilindrata 2953cc, alesaggio e corsa 73mm x 58,8 con lubrificazione a carter umido. Le candele d’accensione erano site all’esterno della “V” formata dalle bancate, era presente una batteria di tre carburatori doppio corpo Weber 38 DCN o 40 DCL/6. Dotato du due e bobine e due spinterogeni posteriori, il motore erogava da 220 a 280 CV secondo la configurazione.Il cambio è a quattro velocità più retromarcia.

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Motore Ferrari GT 250 Berlinetta

Il progetto di base cambiò pochissimo durante i tre anni di produzione, dal 1960 al 1962. Tuttavia, ci furono un certo numero di differenze nei dettagli che permettono di identificare il periodo di produzione relativo ad una specifica vettura.Nelle competizioni le berlinette trionfarono al Tour de France dal 1960 al 1962, al Tourist Trophy a Goodwood nel 1960 e nel 1961, a Le Mans nel 1960 e 1961 e nella 1000 Km del Nuerburgring del 1961 e 1962. Questi sono solo alcuni dei successi conquistati in un periodo in cui la GT250 dominava la sua categoria.


The “berlinetta” defines a car without rear seats or just little seats. Usually defines a sport car but at the same time used on the road, in each case a high performance car.

Presented in Paris in October, 1959, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto synthesized a road racer. With a few modifications (candles colder, race tires, roll-bar), the car was ready to challenge anyone in its category.

Designed by Pininfarina and built in collaboration with Scaglietti was bodywork in aluminum for the first series, even if later this material has been used only for racing versions. With several victories to his credit, remains one of the most popular Ferrari ever.

The 1960 version of the 250 GT Berlinetta has been designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti in Modena.
The designations “Passo Lungo” for the wheelbase 2600 mm and “Passo Corto” to the wheelbase of 2400 mm, were subsequently taken to distinguish between the two series. It was the first Ferrari to be fitted with disc brakes in the stock production.

The competition version included the aluminum bodywork, the interior lighter and more powerful engine. The ‘lusso’ version, has usually steel body with aluminum doors and bonnets.
For the 1961 season were further lightened and fitted with a more powerful engine. The purpose of these changes was the challenge of the Jaguar “E” Type.

The engine was designed by Gioachino Colombo V12 with a single overhead camshaft per bank of cylinders, displacement 2953cc, bore and stroke 58.8 x 73mm with wet sump lubrication. The spark plugs were situated outside of the “V” formed by the cylinder banks, there was a bank of three twin-choke Weber 38 DCN carburettors or 40 DCL / 6. The engine power was 220 to 280 hp. Four gear shift plus reverse.

The basic design changed not so mutch during the three years of production, from 1960 to 1962, however, there were a number of differences in the details that allow us to identify the period of production relative to a specific vehicle.

In competitions berlinetta triumphed at the Tour de France from 1960 to 1962, the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in 1960 and in 1961, at Le Mans in 1960 and 1961, in the 1000 km of Nurburgring in 1961 and 1962. These are just some of the successes won in a period in which the GT250 ruled its class.