1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti could top $30 million in Paris
A 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti could be set to sell for more than $30 million in Paris next year, at the annual Artcurial Retromobile sale.
Described as "one of the most iconic cars in the history of motor racing", the Ferrari comes with a remarkable racing history which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Mille Miglia and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Chassis 0674 began its racing career with the Scuderia Ferrari in 1957, with a sixth-place finish at the Sebring 12 Hours, before Wolfgang von Trips drive it to second overall in the Mille Miglia two months later.
Future Formula 1 champion then took the wheel for the Le Mans 24 Hours, setting the first lap record in the event's history of over 200km/h before retiring with mechanical problems.
Chassis 0674 finished the 1957 season with fourth place in the Swedish Grand Prix and second in the Venezuela Grand Prix, helping Ferrari to win the World Constructors’ Title.
The car then journeyed across the Atlantic, into the hands of renowned Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, and was soon back on the track. With legends Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss behind the wheel the car won the Cuba Grand Prix, and was later driven successfully throughout the 1958 season by Gaston Andrey and Lance Reventlow.
After retiring from the racing circuit, 0674 was acquired by an American architect before passing into the renowned collection of French enthusiast Pierre Bardinon. There is sat amongst a host of historic cars, in one of the world's most important Ferrari collections.
The Bardinon featured 50 cars cars from the Maranello factory, including four of the nine winners of the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. "The Bardinons had the highest requirements: the most successful Ferrari race cars !" said Hervé Poulain, Honorary President of Artcurial.
With such an important race history, and provenance from the Bardinon Collection, the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti is expected to sell for €28,000,000-€32,000,000 ($30,000,000-$34,000,000) – a price which would make it the second-most valuable car ever sold at public auction.
"Both a Work of Art and the Queen of Speed, this represents the elixir of the exceptional : beauty, rarity, racing success, history, authenticity and provenance!" said Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars.
The Artcurial official Salon Retromobile sale will take place on February 5, 2016.
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