And the answer to that question is – just three, if you went shopping that is at the recent Retromobile show in Paris.
The French classic car exposition afforded Ferrari fanciers in particular an opportunity to add some real rarities to their collections. It also gave GRR’s camera crew a chance to train the lens on some incredibly special Maranello masterpieces…
Here’s our trio on film then, before they went off to their new homes. It’s a glimpse of car artistry at the highest level, showing cars just as beautiful standing still as they were at speed on road or track.
The highlight of Artcurial’s sale at Retromobile in February was the the exquisite 1957 335S Spider by Scaglietti. It vies with the 250GTO that sold a couple of years ago for the title of most expensive car ever sold at auction in Europe. (A definitive answer to the ‘most expensive’ question depends on what currency you use; but one thing for sure, at almost £25m, the 335S pipped Fangio’s Mercedes W196 when that set the record auction price for a racing car at the Festival of Speed three years ago.)
Like the Merc, the 1957 Scaglietti Ferrari has a provenance to die for: Peter Collins drove it at Sebring; Wolfgang von Trips drove it to second place in the Mille Miglia; at Le Mans, Mike Hawthorn set the first sub four minute lap in it; and Stirling Moss won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix in it.
Two other Ferraris for sale at Retromobile were hardly less desirable. With a presale estimate of £6m the beautiful blue 1963 250 SWB comes with its own place in history: it was the last SWB ever made.
Then there was the Ferrari 512M from 1970, a car with Le Mans, Daytona and Tour de France racing history, not to mention the fact that in 1976 Derek Bell drove it to a 192mph speed record.
Well, according to the auction blurb this 550bhp racer (estimate £10.35m) could do 209mph! Derek couldn’t have been trying…
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