Ferrari frenzy expected at Scottsdale


A stunning array of Maranello's finest has been promised for Bonhams' Scottsdale sale on 15 January, which will be headlined by an incredible Le Mans-winning 275GTB Competizione.

The '69 Spa-Francorchamps 1000km and Imola 500km winner brought plenty of silverware to the Scuderia Filipinetti trophy cabinet throughout the '60s, but it will once again face stiff competition – this time vying for bidders' attention. 

A 1955 250 Europa GT Alloy ($2.8-3.4m) is also expected to share the limelight, having recently been added to the line-up. The Mille Miglia veteran is one of just two examples ever bodied in aluminium by Pinin Farina, and also offered sports independent coil-sprung suspension with double wishbones up front. 

The car features a wider track than that of a standard Europa GT, while sharing the same brakes as those fitted to the 375MM Spider and Berlinetta racing cars. Similarly, the Europa GT Alloy also boasts a Type 102 magnesium gearbox case to help reduce weight. 

Originally built to contest the 1955 Mille Miglia, it suffered production setbacks that resulted in it missing the contest. It would have to wait until 1999 before finally completing the race – albeit the Storica. 

Also expected to fetch big money is a 1966 275GTB Alloy Long-Nose ($3.3-3.6m). The car is finished in its factory livery and is sold with Ferrari Classiche certification, as well as retaining its original matching numbers drivetrain. 

The 275GTB was delivered new to a dealership in Rome, the sticker of which can still be found in the window. It was then exported to the United States where it underwent light refurbishment when it was required, culminating in a class with at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of Texas. 

A beautiful 250GT Lusso Berlinetta offers a bit more kerb appeal. The '63 Scaglietti-bodied grand tourer is arguably one of the prettiest Ferraris ever produced, and suits its subtle shade of dark blue. 

Slightly younger than the other prancing horses in the sale is a 1971 365GTB/4 Daytona ($700-800,000). The car was displayed when new at the '71 Chicago Auto Show and was, at that time, the world's fastest production car with a top speed of 170mph. 

The car is one of 1300 Berlinettas produced and was imported to the United States via Luigi Chinetti. In 1982 it was offered for sale in New York, and by the end of the decade it had made its way to California, but not before being resprayed in black. By 2010 the car had been restored and returned to its original Rosso Corsa paintwork and was added to the collection of the seller. 

An early Plexi-nose Daytona ($650-750,000) is also up for grabs. The black example is a couple of years younger than the other 365GTB/4, but was also a show car when new – this time shown at the Montreal Auto Salon. The car is expected to fetch between $650-800,000. 

A brace of Dinos is also included in the sale, and offers bidders the choice between open or closed-top motoring. The earlier car, a 1969 246GT Series L, is to be sold without reserve. 

The newer car – a '72 GTS – was specified with electric windows and air conditioning, just in case the cabin is still stuffy despite having the roof off. 

Rounding up the Ferrari group is a '66 330GTC that is finished in the rare and attractive shade of Nocciola – the same colour with which it left the factory. Another Italian refugee, the car spent its early life in Naples, later moving to Modena, where it was serviced at the Ferrari factory, before heading to the US in 1970. 

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