Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I – Best in Arizona Auction?

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A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I is set to star at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction, says Sotheby’s with abundant self-interest. The 250 GT Cabriolet Series I joined by a 250 Europa GT Coupe, alongside additional Ferrari highlights  and tomorrow at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The Arizona lineup also includes modern performance and supercars, led by Pagani Huayra Roadster.

There are 147 motor cars and a selection of memorabilia on the block. Ferrari’s road cars of the 1950s and 60s were some of the fastest -and these days – some of most expensive automobiles on the planet. The built-for-touring 250 GT Cabriolet Series I – sold to support Enzo’s racing addiction – had smooth lines defined by its covered headlamps, bumperettes, and tiny taillights in the rear wings. Considered by some to be one of Pinin Farina’s most elegant designs, ownership of a 250 GT Cabriolet signaled a taste for engineering and performance and transportation as a statement.  

The 250 GT Series I set for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale, chassis no. 0913 GT, is the 25th of just 40 cabriolets built. Offered from after two decades of single ownership, 0913 comes to auction a proven rally and tour participant, having been shown by its current owner at numerous prestigious events, including the 15th annual Concorso Italiano, and driven on the 27th annual Colorado Grand. A wonderful grand touring Ferrari in all regards, 0913 would be an astute addition to any collection (Est. $6,000,000 – $7,000,000).

“Our 2020 Arizona auction offers some of the most desirable models across the board,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “From distinguished grand tourers and classic sports cars in outstanding condition to highly sought-after modern performance and supercars, as well as notable motor cars that boast interesting stories and long-term ownership histories, this sale caters to the tastes of every enthusiast.”

All told 21 Ferrari models will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction. Highlights:

  1. Originally delivered to early NART (North American Racing Team) sponsor Jan De Vroom, a truly iconic 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe by Pinin Farina (from founder Battista “Pinin” Farina). The 11th of 43 built, it is equipped with its original engine and recently refinished in its original two-tone combination of Azzurro with a Grigio roof and beige leather interior (Est. $1,500,000 – $1,700,000);
  2. A Classiche-certified 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina (In 1961 Pinin Farina formally turned the firm over to his son Sergio and his son-in-law, Renzo Carli, it was the same year that the President of Italy authorized the change of Farina’s last name to Pininfarina), one of 99 produced, recently refinished in the stunning shade of Grigio Ferro and winner of the Cavallino Platinum Award in 2017, 2018, and 2019 (Est. $1,800,000 – $2,200,000);
  3. Offered from the famed race-driving school owner Skip Barber, a fully restored 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C by Scaglietti, one of 248 short-nose examples and 59 originally optioned with six carburetors, retaining its original chassis and engine, and winner of the Cavallino Platinum Award in 2013 (Est. $1,800,000 – $2,000,000);
  4. A trio of low-mileage 70th Anniversary Ferraris—an as-new 2017 Ferrari F12berlinetta 70th Anniversary, the only car finished in livery no. 10 “the Grand Tourer” and showing only 109 miles (Est. $400,000 – $450,000);
  5. A 2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 70th Anniversary in livery no. 1 “The Icon” and reading just 1,200 miles (Est. $375,000 – $475,000);
  6. A highly-optioned 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 70th Anniversary, the only 488 Spider finished in livery no. 50 “The Magnum P.I.” (Est. $350,000 – $400,000).

For more information on RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction and to view the complete digital catalogue  – rmsothebys.com.

 

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