JUN 13th 2014

Stunning Ferrari 250LM set to make records at Monterey

The auction season is now in full swing, which means that over the next few months we’re going to hear a lot about astronomical prices being paid for Ferraris.

Several high-profile Modena creations will cross the block around the world, with the very highest of these likely to appear at the Bonhams Festival of Speed sale and the various auction events at Pebble Beach in August. The former revealed some time ago that it is to sell this ex-Scuderia Ferrari 375-Plus at Goodwood on the 27th June, which will be in the running to be the most expensive Ferrari to be sold at auction this year, but news from the States indicates that there will be a robust challenger for that title…

Esteemed Canada-based international auctioneer RM Auctions has just announced that it is to offer at Monterey on the 15th-16th August a car which is expected to rival the 375-Plus in terms of highest-bid bragging rights. This gorgeous 250LM is number 19 of 32 cars built (making it rarer than a GTO), and was used by its first owner as a road car! Nevada-based casino mogul William Fisk Harrah took delivery of the car when new, and unlike the vast majority of LMs which were sent out to race, he registered his, slapped-on some Nevada licence plates, and used it on the road for two years. We can but imagine what a sight to behold it must have been in 1964.

Although no estimate is given, a similar 250LM sold last November for almost $15million, which should serve as a reasonable barometer. However, it’s far less simple to get an indication of the 375’s value. The full list of lots can be seen here, and you’ll notice that the LM isn’t the only special Ferrari on offer… not by a long shot.

Such delectable treats as a 1953 250 Europa, 1963 400 SA LWB Aerodinamico, and the ex-Steve McQueen 1967 275 GTB/4 make up just a few of the 25 (and counting) Ferraris that RM Auctions will be wheeling across their block in California this August. Oh, and did I mention the Maserati 5000GT, Maserati 3500 Spyder Prototype, and the one-of-two Maserati 3500 GT Speciale they’ll be selling in celebration of Maserati’s centenary?

I need to speak to my travel agent…

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