The Maranello Rosso Museum, founded by Fabrizio Violati, is located in San Marino and houses a collection of Ferraris and Abarths. From that collection, and following Violati’s passing in 2010, ten Ferraris are going to be offered at Bonhams’ Pebble Beach auction. With models spanning the 1950s to 1980s and including racing and road-going models, there’s something for every kind of classic Ferrari enthusiast.
1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT
This rare, early Dino 206 GT has for many years been on display in the museum. It has been kept in good condition, and is virtually original – save for the addition of an aftermarket lockable fuel filler cap. In the engine bay, its 2.0-litre V6 has all its identifying numbers exactly as they left the (Fiat) factory. So many early Dinos now reside in Japan that this is a rare occasion when one will come to market in another part of the world. Without a reserve, it has an estimate of £290,000 to £410,000.
1969 Ferrari 365 GTC
Conceived as a GT car to take on the world, the V12-engined 365 GTC had all-independent suspension (the first Ferrari to do so) and suppressed – by Ferrari standards – levels of noise and vibration. The example from the museum still has its original paint and comes with a genuine patina that’s increasingly rare. The nicest detail? Perhaps it’s the original sales number sticker still attached to the rear view mirror and plainly visible through the windscreen. The car carries and estimate of £440,000 to £590,000 with no reserve.
1962-63 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta
The cream of the Maranello Rosso collection is the 250 GTO, saved from scrap by Violati and now worth, well, potentially in excess of £30m. Like all the cars from the collection, though, there’s no reserve so someone could get lucky and bag a bargain. Unlikely, though, given that it’s one of the most sought-after cars of all time. The world’s eyes will be on this result…
1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Formula One
The flat-12 powered, 1978 British GP-winning 312 T3 is generally regarded as the best looking of all of Ferrari’s T-cars. Had it not arrived at the time of Lotus’s ground-breaking, ground-effect Type 79 ‘wing car’ it would doubtless have been more successful.
Nonetheless, it remains an important part of Ferrari motorsport heritage. Will the winning bidder carry out the necessary recommissioning work to take it racing? We can only hope so. The estimate is £880,000 to £1.2m.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet
This Turin motor show car found itself in Venezuela in 1958, performing demonstration roles with the local importer Carlo Kauffman. In total, only 40 examples were built, this one being the eighth to roll out of the factory. The car became part of Violati’s collection 1991, when it was returned to its original colour (having been refinished in green and red over the years). The removable hard-top is nicely detailed, but not thought to be contemporary. The estimate is £3.8m to £5m.
1953 Ferrari 250 Mille Miglia Berlinetta
The sublimely styled 250 Mille Miglia was the first 3.0-litre V12 Gran Turismo cars that eventually included the legendary 250 GTO. In its debut race, this particular 250 Mille Miglia took victory with Phil Hill at the wheel. Restored many years ago and returned to its original Bill Devin white and blue livery, it has been part of the Maranello Rosso collection for 14 years. Estimate: £5.3m to £7m.
1968-69 Ferrari Dino 166/246T Formula Two
For 34 years, this Ferrari F2 car has been part of the Maranello Rosso collection, but in period it was successful on track, winning titles in 1969 and ’70. In those days, F2 offered an arena for young up and coming drivers to compete against established Grand Prix stars and, indeed, Brian Redman made his Ferrari debut in this car. The car’s estimate is a strong £700,000 to £1.1m.
1981 Ferrari 512 Boxer Berlinetta
This 512 BB, with its highly sophisticated flat-12 engine, made two appearances at the Le Mans 24-hour – as well as numerous other long-distance races. In its first appearance, in 1981, it retired with a transmission fault – something that recurred the following year when, after six hours, the car retired with a gearbox failure. It is estimated to reach £700,000 to £940,000.
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione
When this Daytona rolled out of the Ferrari factory, it was a standard road-specification machine. In fact, the car would be five years old before being converted for competition use. Modifications include a rollcage, flared arches to suit wider wheels and tyres, revised headlights and various bodywork alterations. Consequently, its estimate – £380,000 to £470,000 – is considerably lower than it would be for a Competizione built in period.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica
The Aerodinamica is one of the rarest 250 GT derivatives, with only four ever having been built. It was tailor made for one of the world’s biggest car collectors, the Shah of Persia, and is the only Ferrari to have been finished in this colour. Today, its connection to the 250 SWB racer – and that front-mounted V12 engine – give the car real cachet. No wonder the estimate is a healthy £2.4m to £4.1m.
With so many Ferraris coming to the market after long periods under the same ownership, there is surely going to be some frenzied bidding activity on this very special collection. More detail on each of the cars is available here.