‘Ultimate sports car list’ to be offered by Gooding in Scottsdale

The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding
The 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra has been fully restored | Brian Henniker/Gooding

Four cars from Italy, England, Germany and the United States make up what Gooding & Company calls its “ultimate sports car wish list,” to be presented during its January auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The cars – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra – are landmark designs that carry pre-auction estimates ranging into seven figures. Continue reading

Final LaFerrari brings $7 million for charity

Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby's chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos
Alain Squindo, RM Sotheby’s chief operating officer, leads the LaFerrari auction | Ferrari photos

The 500th and last LaFerrari produced sold for $7 million at a special RM Sotheby’s charity auction Saturday in Florida to raise money for the reconstruction of central Italy, after that region was devastated this year by a series of earthquakes. RM Sotheby’s staged the sale in partnership with Ferrari and as part of the Ferrari Finale Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

‘Ammer’ time for a famed boxer’s Ferrari

Henry Cooper's 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard
Henry Cooper’s 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard

The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 doesn’t figure to draw the highest bids Monday at Coys’ True Greats auction at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, but its next owner will drive away with a great story.

The car, one of only 55 high-hand-drive models, formerly was owned by British boxer Henry Cooper, who used his famed left hook — “Enry’s ‘Ammer” — to knock down Muhammad Ali in the fourth round of their fight June 18, 1963, when Ali still fought under his given name, Cassius Clay. Continue reading

Last LaFerrari heads to charity auction this weekend

Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction | Ferrari photo
Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction in Daytona Beach | Ferrari photo

Original plans called for Ferrari to produce 499 examples of its hybrid-powered LaFerrari. But late this summer, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced that one more LaFerrari, the 500th and final, would be produced and sold for charity.

That charity auction is scheduled for Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida, as part of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Bonhams lands California Spider for Scottsdale sale

The 11th of 54 such short-wheelbase cars joins the docket for Scottsdale in January | Bonhams photos
The 11th of 54 such short-wheelbase cars joins the docket for Scottsdale in January | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has announced that a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase California Spider, one of the world’s most-valuable collector cars, will be available at its upcoming Arizona Auction, scheduled for January 19, 2017, at the Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

Bonhams said the car is the 11th of only 54 such Pinin Farina-designed, Scaglietti-built roadsters. It notes the car, No. 2277 GT, was on display at the 1961 Brussels Motor Show in Belgium and, as documented by marque expert Marcel Massini, retains its original body and driveline and comes with its factory build sheets. Continue reading

First Ferrari 250 GTO to race being offered for sale

British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos
British newspaper reports asking price is $56 million for second 250 GTO built | Talacrest photos

British collector car specialist Talacrest announced Thursday that is will be the agent for the sale of Ferrari 250 GTO No. 3387, which it says is the second 250 GTO produced, was used by the Ferrari factory for testing and development, and then was delivered to NART — the North American Racing Team — for which Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien drove the car to second overall and first in class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962. Continue reading

Historic 1952 Ferrari race car set for Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

The Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider raced at the1952  Mile Miglia and LeMans 24 | Bonhams
The Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider raced at the1952 Mile Miglia and LeMans 24 | Bonhams

A spectacular piece of racing history has been consigned for Bonhams’ January auction in Scottsdale: A 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider that was the factory team entry for the 1952 Mille Miglia and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Continue reading

Original Dino concept headed to Artcurial’s Retromobile auction

1965 Dino concept car features curves and covered headlamps | Artcurial Motorcars photos
1965 Dino concept car features curves and covered headlamps | Artcurial Motorcars photos

The 1965 Dino 206 P Berlinette Speciale, Pininfarina’s design prototype for what would become the Ferrari Dino, will be offered up for bidding early in 2017 at Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale, scheduled for February 10 in Paris. Continue reading

Ferrari honors McQueen, Moss and Schumacher

Ferrari starts 70th anniversary celebration by unveiling five of the heritage liveries | Ferrari photos
Ferrari starts 70th anniversary celebration by unveiling five of the heritage liveries | Ferrari photos

At the Paris Motor Show, which runs through October 16, Ferrari launched its 70th anniversary celebration by unveiling Tailor Made models inspired by some of its legendary racers and car owners. Continue reading

Ferrari 275 GTB/C alloy racer sold by RK Motors for $10.3 million

The Ferrari 275 GTB/C is a competition car with a lightweight aluminum body | RK Motors
The Ferrari 275 GTB/C is a competition car with a lightweight aluminum body | RK Motors photos

RK Motors, a collector car dealer in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently celebrated its biggest sale ever, that of a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C for $10.3 million.

The Ferrari, chassis number 09067, is one of just 12 competition versions of the 275 GTB produced, with lightweight aluminum bodies designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The GTB/C helped continue Ferrari’s strong record of racing victories as the replacement for the iconic 250 GT. Continue reading