On Friday 9 October, one of only 80 Ferrari 599 SA Aperatas – built in 2011 to honour designers Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina – will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ annual Zoute Grand Prix sale, being held on the northern Belgian coast at Knokke-Le Zoute.
Estimated at between circa €800,000 to €1,200,000 (£595,000-£890,000), this low mileage 599 Aperta (with just 4,786 recorded kilometers) is bound to create some lively bidding, as examples of this ultra-rare and exclusive 599 GTO-based modern Ferrari do not appear on the open market very often.
If the Ferrari is not quite your thing though, or you have a larger stable to fill, for the same estimated value as the 599 Aperta you could chose from a fine selection of classic cars in the Bonhams Zoute sale.
For starters, how about quartet of desirable and rare classic Maseratis? Ranging from an immaculate 1966 Vignale-bodied Sebring coupe, a 1973 Indy 4900, a 1973 Bora, plus its more attainable mid-engined Merak 2000 brother, these fine trident-carrying sportscars are estimated at a combined value of between €650,000 and €820,000, which seems something of a bargain against the single Aperta.
If the Ferrari’s lower estimate value is achieved, with the spare change, saved from not opting for the 599 Aperta, you could also indulge in anything from a versatile and rustic 1980 Citroen Mehari 4×4 at €20,000, one of just 540 Bertone-bodied BMW 3200 CS Coupes (a mere €50,000), an unusual rotary 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport 100S Coupe for €80,000, and a pioneering 1959 Lotus Elite for €65,000.
This will still leave you a healthy €335,000 to treat yourself to a number of Jaguar E-Types, Porsche 911s or thoroughbred 1950s Lancias, with enough spare change for plenty of Belgian beer and chocolate. That’s a tough choice!
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