RM Sotheby's add Ferraris to highly-anticipated London sale

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2015-08-19 09:57:08

Fresh from success in Monterey, RM Sotheby's is now looking ahead to next month's highly-anticipated London sale.

The auction house has announced two impressive late additions to the roster, a pair of vintage Ferraris, both of which are expected to fetch seven-figure sums.

First up is a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, one of just 36 examples  built with the single louver body style and covered headlamps.

Its original racing history includes the Gran Premio della Lotteria di Monza, and a second-in-class finish at the 1959 Cotê de la Faucile, with a recent track record of involvement in five Mille Miglias, the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge and the Le Mans Classic. Having received a full engine rebuild, the historic racer is expected to sell for £4.5-£5.5 million.

“The TdF is certainly one of the most successful and iconic dual-purpose Berlinettas ever to wear the Prancing Horse,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s – Europe. “I have been privileged to race a TdF at the Goodwood Revival and I can confirm that it fully deserves its place in history as one of the greatest of all the classic Ferraris. The TdF on offer at our London auction presents a wonderful opportunity to purchase a fresh to the market example that exhibits both great beauty and a fantastic race pedigree.”

The second Maranello-made machine up for grabs is a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, described as the "ultimate ‘wind in the hair’ Ferrari". As one of just 121 examples made, the car on offer – chassis 17013, is perhaps the most original in existence with only 3,805 miles on the clock. With original paintwork and interiors, along with Ferrari Classiche certification, the unique car is estimated at £2-£2.4 million.

“Breathtaking is the best word to describe this example," said Girardo, "not only for its wonderful presentation but also for its unrepeatable rarity, having survived through to today in such extraordinary and original condition.”

The two Ferraris round out a diverse roster of 75 automobiles for this year’s London sale. The official auction of the UK’s prestigious Concours of Elegance, the exclusive evening auction will be held at Battersea Evolution, central London on 7 September, with a preview of auction vehicles scheduled for 6 September.

The two Ferraris will be amongst 75 classic cars offered at the RM Sotheby's sale at Battersea Evolution on September 7.

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