For the enthusiast, few feelings match that of picking up the keys to a new classic car. Unless, of course, you decide to buy an entire collection. Tifosi of the world could do much worse than eight examples from Beverly Hills property magnate Tony Shooshani's Ferrari collection, which serves as a roll call of some of the firm's most influential and iconic models.
The earliest car in the group is a 1960 250GT Series II Cabriolet, which is estimated to fetch between $2-2,300,000. Finished in Blu Scuro with complimentary cream leather interior, it has the added bonus of an accompanying factory hard-top, and appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2008.
It will be followed by a second 250GT, this time an attractive 1964 Lusso, often hailed as one of the best-looking Ferraris ever built. It's expected to fetch slightly more – $2,200,000-2,500,000 – partly due to a recent concours-level restoration, which was completed in June 2013. It's also no stranger to Arizona, having won its class at the 2014 Arizona Concours.
A 1967 Ferrari Dino 206GT bookends the earlier cars in the collection in fine style. The alloy-bodied car is the 140th of just 153 built, and is finished in the desirable Rosso Chiaro. It's expected to make $700-800,000.
Two of the most affordable cars in the set hail from the 1980s: a 1984 Ferrari 512BBi and a 1988 328GTS. The Berlinetta Boxer is a fine entry to 12-cylinder Ferrari ownership and, as well as its original owners' manual, comes complete with a logbook boasting the name of legendary racer AJ Foyt. It is estimated at $400-475,000.
More affordable – but by no means less meticulously presented – is chassis 74921, an original 328GTS with less than 15,000-miles on the clock. Driven sparingly, it retains its original toolkit, not to mention a raft of documentation. It could be yours for as little as $125,000.
Undoubtedly one of the stars of the show (despite it's $1,300,000-1,600,000 price tag being eclipsed by the 250GTs) is a 1990 Ferrari F40. Something of a rarity being one of just 213 examples ever delivered to the United States, the sought-after supercar has only covered 3600 miles since new – a crying shame given its 478bhp V8 and top speed of over 200mph. Hopefully its new owner will be more inclined to take it for a spin!
If the paltry mileage on the F40 upsets you, look away now: a 1995 F50 from the collection can barely muster a third of that distance, having only travelled 1100 miles since leaving Maranello. Like the F40, the later car is Ferrari Classiche certified. It's likely to be the most valuable car from the set, wearing a pre-sale estimate of $2,500,000-2,900,000.
Despite the F50 topping the estimates, there's a good chance that a 2003 Ferrari Enzo could steal its thunder in Scottsdale. The record-breaking 217mph modern classic could race beyond its $2,800,000 upper estimate thanks to its low mileage, fine condition and bearing the signature of Pininfarina's head of design Ken Okuyama. Gooding & Co describes is as being 'one of the best-ever offered for public auction'.
All eight Ferraris will go under the hammer at Gooding's Scottsdale auction, which takes place on 29-30 January 2016.
Photo credit: Mike Maez and Brian Henniker courtesy of Gooding & Company