Bonhams adds three Ferraris to anniversaries celebration

1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos
1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico among Ferraris headed to sale at Quail | Bonhams photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017 and the docket for Bonhams has announced a trio of “highly sought after” and Ferrari Classiche certified vehicles for its annual August auction at The Quail resort on the Monterey Peninsula

The cars are a 1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamico, a 1966 275 GTS and a 1973 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4

Pick of the Day is an original 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 available after nearly 32 years
Pick of the Day is an original 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 available after nearly 32 years

You know how they say “it’s only original once”? Well, the Pick of the Day fits that description as an original, unrestored 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, otherwise known as a Daytona, one of the most fabled cars in automotive history.

According to the advertisement for the car on ClassicCars.com, the Ferrari — chassis No. 14831 — was purchased by the current owner on November 21, 1984, at Foreign Cars Italia Inc. in North Carolina. That means the car has been in single ownership for approaching 33 years. Continue reading

Seeing Red: The Petersen’s tribute to 70 years of Ferrari

Part of the 'Seeing Red' exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos
Part of the ‘Seeing Red’ exhibition of Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Crane photos

Red, because Ferrari continues to honor the 1906 Federation International de l’Automobile decision to establish national racing colors to facilitate a spectator recognizing racers from his country — Italian participating cars would be red.

While there have been many manufacturers who spent vast amounts of money modifying production cars to improve racetrack performance, Ferrari in its early days made very minor modifications to make its racing sports cars street worthy. Continue reading

Swiss hillclimb recreated as Das Kurze Klausenrennen

A Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and others line up to tackle the course | William Hall photos
A Pebble Beach-winning Ferrari 212 Export was among the cars that tackled the course  | William Hall

In the age of social media and the internet, there are very few secrets. But for nearly the past three decades, a group of sports car enthusiasts have quietly gathered each May to stage a vintage hillclimb in a small town in southern Wisconsin without fanfare or paparazzi.

Das Kurze Klausenrennen (“The Short Klausen Run”), a.k.a. The New Glarus Hillclimb, is inspired by the famous Klausenrennen hillclimb that took place at Klausen Pass in the canton of Glarus, Switzerland, from 1922-1934. Continue reading

First prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4 heads to London auction

The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was unveiled in Paris in 1966 | Coys photos
The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was unveiled in Paris in 1966 | Coys photos

The factory prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4, unveiled at the 1966 Paris Motor Show in the debut of one of the most-beautiful and best-performing GT coupes of the era, will be offered May 18 during Coys’ London auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

The 275 GTB/4, powered by a 300-horsepower four-cam V12 engine, was a game changer for Ferrari, boosting the power and performance of the Pininfarina-styled coupe that combined racecar design with a comfortable touring car of uncompromising elegance. Continue reading

Leake auction strikes gold with $3.7 million sale of LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos
The Ferrari LaFerrari can produce a a total of 949 horsepower from its gas/electric hybrid system | Leake photos

Leake Auction Company had an excellent day Saturday in Dallas, where it sold an ultra-exotic 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari for $3.7 million. The LaFerrari is the highest-priced vehicle ever sold at auction by Leake, which was founded in 1972.

Leake’s auction dockets are customarily filled with reasonably priced collector cars, so the LaFerrari was quite a deviation from the company’s usual fare. Just 500 LaFerraris were produced, and this one-owner car was in brand-new condition, having been driven fewer than 600 miles. Continue reading

First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

Porsches, Ferraris among biggest losers in Hagerty Value Rating

Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen
Earlier Porsche 911s have seen slow appreciation lately | Bob Golfen

How the mighty have fallen! Following that Biblical moment, here is the latest compilation of biggest losers in the collector car market, as determined by the numbers crunchers at Hagerty classic car insurance and valuation.

Hagerty Vehicle Rating’s Bottom 25 list for the second quarter is dominated by once-roaring European sports cars, including Porsche 911s and the earlier 356s that saw such a meteoric climb in recent years. Not that the bottom is dropping out of Porsche sales, but appreciation has been minimal as of late. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading

Petersen museum ‘Seeing Red’ with special Ferrari exhibit

A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum's special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios
A 250 GTO will be among 11 red Ferraris in Petersen museum’s special display | Petersen photo by Scott Williamson Photodesign Studios

When the Petersen Automotive Museum reopened after being remodeled inside and out, it was the red-ribboned exterior that drew the most comment. But it was the “Precious Metal” display in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery on the second floor that drew the longest and longing attention of car enthusiasts.

Arrayed around the gallery were some of the world’s most spectacular vehicles, all of them wearing silver-colored bodywork. Long-time car collector and Petersen board member Bruce Meyer had convinced each car’s owner to loan their vehicles to the museum for an extended period. Continue reading