Ferrari & Mercedes Gullwing cars lead $39.8m auction total in Scottsdale

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2015-06-26 12:43:31

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Ferrari & Mercedes Gullwing cars lead $39.8m auction total in Scottsdale

A rare Ferrari 250 GT California Spider and Mercedes Gullwing lead this classic car auction's highlights

Scottsdale, Arizona once again played host to some of the world's finest classic motor cars over the weekend, posting total sales of $39.8m.

Among the sale's many highlights was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. It alone brought $3,905,000.

The rare vintage Ferrari is number 36 of just 50 ever built. It boasts coachwork by Scaglietti and a sophisticated chassis and engine.

The chassis, in particular, is an improved 508 d modification. This was a more developed version of the original 250 GT chassis first introduced in 1954.

Under the car's bonnet is a 128 D unit engine. It features include revised cylinder heads with new valves and later intake manifolds, twin rear-mounted distributors, stronger connecting rods and a new crankshaft. In other words, vintage engineering at its finest.

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California SpiderThe 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

In the end, the California Spider's final sale value comfortably exceeded the high bracket of its $3,400,000-3,800,000 presale estimate.

This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT was just beaten by a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing. The Gullwing remains perennially popular among collectors, and the Scottsdale example sold for $4,620,000.

But if you missed the Scottsdale auction, how about being in with a chance to own your own two-seater 1970 Maserati Ghibli Convertible?

Paul Fraser Collectible has a rare and classic Maserati Ghibli for sale, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Find out more by contacting us on +44 (0) 117933 9503or email info@paulfrasercollectibles.com. Or you canfollow this link.

Watch this space for more news from the classic car markets.

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