Ferrari 250 GT leads Pinnacle Portfolio at RM Sotheby's
As RM Sotheby's prepares to offer The Pinnacle Portfolio, a stunning collection of vintage and modern supercars, the company has announced details of one of the undoubted highlights: a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione.
Chassis 1773GT is one of only 45 alloy-bodied SWB Competizione versions built in 1960. Conceived as a North American Race Team (N.A.R.T.) car, 1773GT made its racing debut with a seventh-place finish at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring and later went on to record victories at Bridgehampton and Nassau.
“When it comes to SWB Ferraris, there is a clear division between top-tier examples and the rest," said Shelby Myers, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s. "The example in The Pinnacle Portfolio sits at the apex of the group. Matching-numbers, its fantastic race history coupled with its great originality and spectacular restoration make it a clear standout."
"Then there’s the drivability. If you’ve never driven a vintage Ferrari, it doesn’t get better than this. 1773GT is precise and exact in everything it does, which is a fantastic testament to the quality of its world-class restoration. It truly must be the finest performing and best looking SWB in the world.”
The car has recently completed a concours-quality restoration back to its original Sebring livery, and will now be offered for sale – with the winning bidder gaining the chance to show the car publically for the first time.
“The owner’s directive was simple: he wanted a restoration beyond reproach that could compete at the highest level of concours judging and would be capable of winning awards wherever shown,” added Myers.
“From a collector’s perspective, the appeal of 1773GT is two-fold: it enjoys a fantastic racing provenance graced with such illustrious names as Grossman and Kimberly, and when it comes to condition, it is mechanically pure and magnificently restored. This, coupled with the fact that it has not been presented publicly since restoration, almost guarantees its next owner a place in the winner’s circle at the world’s most prestigious events.”
The Pinnacle Portfolio has been described as "arguably the most valuable private automobile collection to be offered during a single day auction", and is expected to realize in excess of £43 million ($66.7 million) when it crosses the block in Los Angeles on August 13.
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