Rare Ferrari tops Bonhams sale as Italians star

| 28 May 2013

A 1965 Ferrari 275GTB stormed its way to €902,750 at Bonhams’ Spa-Classic auction on 25 May.

The long-nosed Ferrari was one of just three of its type and had competed extensively in Italy.

Snatching second placed in the results was a 1968 Lamborghini Miura that made €575,000.

It had been lovingly restored at the factory under the exacting supervision of former chief test driver Valentino Balboni and came with a letter from the great man to confirm this.

Third place was set to be between a 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C-2500 and a ’74 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, but the former failed to sell leaving the Porsche to scoop €437,000.

Completing the top four was a 1968 Ferrari 330GTC that went for €287,500.

The Maranello-built GT spent time in Italy, the US and Switzerland.

It was said to be in good condition, having been fully restored between 1980 and ’83.

Away from the high-end lots that dominated much of the presale interest were cars such as a 1954 MG Midget TF-1500 that went for €12,075.

It had spent much of its life as a museum piece and was said to be in need of recomissioning.

Meanwhile, a Mille-Miglia eligible 1956 Peugeot 403 saloon went for even less at €5750.

Bonhams’ next sale will be in Greenwich on 2 June.