Here Are 5 Ferraris To Make Your Heart Race
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If you are a Ferrari lover at heart, you most likely have a need for speed. You also have an eye for design, because there just aren’t a lot of ugly Ferraris out there, to put it simply. In any case, you know a good thing when you see it. So you’re going to want to see these five fantastic Ferraris.
We pulled together a little menagerie of some of the most beautiful ones we’ve seen in a long time for your perusal. Believe it or not, they’re actually all being offered together at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auctions in March, which is doubly exciting. Here are our picks:
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider(Estimate: $18,000,000-$20,000,000)
Now, this is a Ferrari. Probably one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen, hands down. If you don’t know much about the California Spider, it came from the need for a 250 GT spider that could commute during the week and truly joyride on the weekend, basically ready for a California “work hard, play hard” mindset. This one has a short-wheelbase, which is a much sportier look, with the prettiest Scaglietti body ever. Between the years of 1957 and 1963, Ferrari only made 106 250 GT Cal Spiders– 50 of the long-wheel base, and 56 of the short-wheel base. This particular one has the preferred covered headlight treatment, as well as an incredibly rare aquamarine livery.
In the 70s, it was sold for only $2,400, before undergoing a discerning restoration in the early 2000s to bring it back to its original concours standards, including the original color. In 2004, it won both the Platinum Award and Judges Cup at the Cavallino Classic and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. It also received the Certificazione di Autenticità from Ferrari itself. It’s rare, it's gorgeous, and it’s sure to be snapped up by someone who will truly cherish it.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta(Estimate: $6,000,000-$8,000,000)
This is perhaps one of the most iconic models from the 50s. Basically, Ferrari, inspired by the 250 GT, featured the added competition tuned three-liter V-12 engine and lightweight aluminum coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. Now where did the Tour De France name come from, you ask? This car competed in the grueling Tour de France, and won four years in a row, which is no small feat. So basically, it looks gorgeous and it’s a beast on the road. This particular one is the seventh of 36 examples with the single louver style and the beautiful covered headlights. After its meticulous restoration, it went on to win a Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic. Seriously, this car is an all-time great.
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider Series II(Estimate: $3,000,000-$5,000,000)
This Mille Miglia is most manifestly worth millions– what a tongue twister. You can’t leave out the MM when we’re talking about competition cars or Ferraris in general. Born out of the 250 Sport, this car made its competition debut at the 1953 Giro di Sicilia, before Phil HIll won the Pebble Beach Road Races with a 250 MM Spider. There were just 31 examples of the 250 MM, with an absolutely jaw-dropping body by the uber famous Carrozzeria Vignale. In other words, this is a very rare and historical Ferrari. It underwent one restoration in 1992, when it was repainted with the attractive two-tone livery seen today. It also was stamped with the original serial number (a big deal). History sure looks good on this ‘Rrari.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4(Estimate: $3,500,000-$4,000,000)
A couple years later, at the Paris motor show, the 275 GTB came on the scene. Basically, this car, unlike the popular 250 GT, had a fully independent suspension layout, as well as an increased engine size to a four-cam V-12. Basically, this thing was built to race. The bodywork was a dreamy collaboration between Pininfarina and Scaglietti. This particular model was a completely hidden gem until 2013, when it was unearthed. It’s almost entirely original– music to our ears, we know. It still has a very well documented ownership history, also having won second place in the competitive Postwar Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. At the Gooding & Company Auctions in March, somebody is going home with one of the most original 275s ever. You’ll hear about it if it’s us.
1990 Ferrari F40(Estimate: $3,000,000-$3,500,000)
Ok, so we all love pre-1970s Ferraris, right? But it would be a huge mistake to sleep on a whole other golden era that is the 90s. These super cars are no joke. They also just look so effortlessly cool and fast. The F40 perfectly blurs the line between road car and race car, as Ferraris so infamously do. The automobile was the final project Enzo Ferrari himself oversaw before his passing. This body is constructed entirely of Kevlar, carbon fiber, and Nomex, which brings racing technology to regular roads. It boasts a pretty avant-garde design: it’s deliberately missing a radio, glove box, or armrests– the experience here really pushes the needle towards racing. It didn’t hurt that the car was reported to go very, very fast. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed just 1,236 miles. That is so rare and exciting to see. Imagine what it sounds like…
Ferrari fanatics, the fixation doesn’t have to end right this minute. You can comb through the Gooding & Company catalogue ahead of the Amelia Island Auctions in March with even more beautiful examples here, or register to bid if we’ve already wooed you.
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