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Screen & Track Star: RM Sotheby’s adds 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider to Paris Sale

Posted: 09.01.2018
Source: RM Sotheby’s

SALE ALSO FEATURES RIVETED ISO GRIFO A3/C FORMERLY OWNED BY JOHNNY HALLYDAY

  • RM Sotheby’s announces unique Ferrari 166 MM Spider raced in 1953/54 Mille Miglia and featured in Kirk Douglas film The Racers for annual Paris sale, 7 February
  • Auction held during world-famous Rétromobile week features 84 vehicles, including very rare riveted Iso Grifo A3/C formerly owned by the late, beloved Johnny Hallyday
  • RM Sotheby’s Paris digital catalogue now available at www.rmsothebys.com

LONDON (9 January 2018) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce final featured entries for its fifth annual Paris sale, 7 February at Place Vauban during Rétromobile week. The 84 vehicles on offer are led by a supremely original 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Spider, chassis no. 0272 M.

The fifth of 13 166 MMs built for 1953, the car on offer features unique spider coachwork, though its specific builder remains a mystery. Most historians believe that it was designed by Aurelio Lampredi and is thought to have been built by Ferrari itself. One of 0272 M’s earliest track outings was at the 1953 Mille Miglia, with original owner Dr. Alberico Cacciari and R.H. Bill Mason—father of Pink Floyd drummer and noted Ferrari collector Nick Mason—at the helm. During this time, the car was also used in the production of the 1953 Shell movie about the Mille Miglia, directed by Bill Mason himself.

Raced in numerous events across Italy throughout the 1953 season, the car was campaigned once again in the 1954 Mille Miglia by Emmanuel de Graffenried and G. Parravicini. While entered under the Scuderia Ferrari name, the 166 was used exclusively by MGM Studios for its movie The Racers starring Kirk Douglas, with the two pilots acting as stuntmen for the film. Following the race, the car was exported to California to continue filming, after which it was raced and shown frequently throughout the U.S. West Coast, including at the Monterey Historics and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well as at the Cavallino Classic. In more recent years, the car has participated in numerous events, including the Mille Miglia Storica, Le Belle Macchine d’Italia, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The 166 MM is offered at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale retaining its original mechanical components, including frame, engine, gearbox, rear axle, steering box, and all carburettors, as well as most of its original bodywork. With a fascinating history, 0272 M would be an exceptional acquisition to show, drive and enjoy at the world’s most prestigious concours and vintage racing events (Est. €3.700.000 – €4.500.000).

“A 166 MM is truly a joy to drive – smooth and with plenty of horsepower on tap channeled through its might V-12 and five-speed gearbox,” comments Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe. “The reliability of this particular early Ferrari racer is clearly demonstrated by its long and continuous competition history and incredible originality, further set off by its unique coachwork and Hollywood connection.”

The Paris sale is also set to feature the eighth of just 10 riveted Iso Grifo A3/Cs built for 1964, chassis no. B 0209. Bred with endurance racing in mind (A3/Cs won their class at Le Mans in 1964 and 1965), the example offered in Paris is one of the very desirable ‘riveted’ A3/Cs, made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars of Piero Drogo in Modena. The bodies were made in ‘avional’, a special alloy of aluminum, copper and magnesium that is very light and elastic but difficult to weld, meaning it needed to be riveted in a fashion similar to an airplane.

Finished in dark red over black leather seats, the A3/C was delivered to its first French owner in November 1964 and was quickly sold to Paris resident Jean-Phillippe Smet, better known as none other than the late musician Johnny Hallyday. Beloved throughout France, Hallyday is pictured in and around the car in Paris in late 1964 and early 1965. Following Hallyday’s ownership, the Iso spent significant time in long term ownership, including 24 years in Prince Pierre Sangusko’s castle, and more than 15 years in Michel Hommell’s Manoir de l’Automobile museum in Lohéac, France. It has since been displayed at the 2017 Chantilly Concours, where it garnered the ‘Special Award’ within the Great Musicians’ Cars class, and it comes to Paris with less than 27,000 km covered and having spent its entire life in France (Est. €2.500.000 – €3.000.000).

Sabatié-Garat adds: “The offering of a riveted Iso Grifo A3/C is extraordinarily rare in its own right. Add to that its exceptional French provenance and former ownership by the late, and much loved, Johnny Hallyday, and you have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for collectors. We’re tremendously honoured to bring an important car owned by such a cherished French icon to public auction for the very first time.”

Additional featured highlights for RM Sotheby’s fifth annual Paris sale include:

 

  • 2017 Bugatti Chiron, one of the first 20 examples to be delivered worldwide (Est. €3.200.000 – €3.600.000);
  • 1993 Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport Prototype, an ultra-rare prototype with unique factory modifications and showing just 3,300 km from new (Est. €850.000 – €1.100.000);
  • 2014 McLaren P1, with numerous McLaren Special Operations custom features and just 6,000 km from new (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000);
  • 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a matching numbers, Classiche certified example clothed in desirable ‘long-nose’ alloy bodywork (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000);
  • 2005 Maserati MC12, one of just 50 ever built, and one of six cars offered as part of a private collection entirely without reserve (Est. €2.000.000 – €2.500.000); and,
  • 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II, highly original throughout and having had just two German owners from new, including single ownership for more than four decades (Est. €1.600.000 – €1.800.000).

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, to view the complete digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit www.rmsothebys.com. Interested bidders are invited to call RM Sotheby’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 to speak with a car specialist.

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About RM Sotheby’s

RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With more than 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from private treaty sales and auctions (including both RM Sotheby’s and RM Auctions events) to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. In February 2015, RM formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. For further information, visit www.rmsothebys.com. 

RM Sotheby’s 2018 Paris Auction – The Ferrari Lots

S/N 19751
Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina
  • Lot: 111
  • Estimate: 150.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 4189 GT
Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III
  • Lot: 115
  • Estimate: 430.000 – 470.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 08069
Ferrari 275 GTB “Alloy
  • Lot: 120
  • Estimate: 2.400.000 – 2.800.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 36775
Ferrari 512 BB
  • Lot: 121
  • Estimate: 240.000 – 280.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFDT57B000139664
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
  • Lot: 122
  • Estimate: 200.000 – 250.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N – Coming soon
Ferrari F 40
  • Lot: 123
  • Estimate: 850.000 – 950.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFFD60B000167984
Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Lot: 125
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFBT55B000128466
Ferrari 575 M Maranello
  • Lot: 138
  • Estimate: 85.000 – 125.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFZR528000124364
Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina
  • Lot: 140
  • Estimate: 265.000 – 325.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks: 386/448
S/N ZFFLA40B000096850
Ferrari 512 TR
  • Lot: 141
  • Estimate: 110.000 – 145.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 12043
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
  • Lot: 146
  • Estimate: 210.000 – 240.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFPA41B000101523
Ferrari F 355 Challenge
  • Lot: 161
  • Estimate: 135.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 00854
Ferrari 246 GT Dino “L-Series”
  • Lot: 164
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFUA36B000096858
Ferrari 348 GTS
  • Lot: 166
  • Estimate: 75.000 – 100.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N 0272 M
Ferrari 166 MM Spider
  • Lot: 172
  • Estimate: 3.700.000 – 4.500.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFSP44B000102488
Ferrari 456 GT
  • Lot: 178
  • Estimate: 60.000 – 80.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:
S/N ZFFAA17B000091201
Ferrari Testarossa
  • Lot: 182
  • Estimate: 70.000 – 90.000 EUR
  • Result:
  • Remarks:

 

Challenge APAC – And the winners are Prette, Seto, Fujiwara and Berry!

Posted: 22.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 22 December 2017 – The seventh season of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific (APAC) had the honour of hosting the debut of the 488 Challenge in Abu Dhabi. In the Trofeo Pirelli Angelo Negro was first driver to win with the new car. Philippe Prette came back to take Race-2, while the Racing Days in Shanghai as usual witnessed some excellent performances from the Chinese drivers. Hulin Han won Race 1, but the following day it was the turn of Prette who also triumphed in the only race at Zhejiang and the first at Fuji. However, Race-2 in Japan saw a win for his rookie son Louis. Prette took another step toward the title with a victory at Sepang in Race-1, while the next day Han bagged his second victory of the season. Ringo Chong prevailed twice in Singapore while Prette wrapped things up in Race-1 at Mugello.

The duel between Japan’s Ken Seto and Taipei’s Tiger Wu dominated the Trofeo Pirelli Am season. The two shared the spoils in Abu Dhabi, with Wu making a clean sweep at Fuji. However, Seto limited the damage and then triumphed at Sepang in Race 1. Ziad Ghandour enjoyed two days of glory in Singapore, while Wu lost precious points to Seto. Then finally, while King ruled the roost at Mugello, Seto sealed the title with a second and a fourth place.

Makoto Fujiwara made an explosive start to the Coppa Shell. The Japanese driver finished first in two races at Abu Dhabi and at Shanghai but he had to fight it out with China’s Eric Zang who won the two races at Fuji. The rivals shared the winner’s laurels at Sepang while in Singapore Zang pulled-off a one-two, although Fujiwara limited the damage with a second and third place. The Japanese won the title finishing second and a fourth at Mugello. David Dicker took the Coppa Shell by just one point over Grant Baker, 105 to 104, while the Ladies’ Cup went to Indonesia’s, Kathicha Chimsiri.

Australian rookie Martin Berry was fastest right from the get-go in the 458 Challenge EVO class and sealed the title very early. The only other drivers to win were Tani Hanna, Hidehiko Hagiwara, Sam Lok and Tamotsu Kondo.

 

“We have taken giant strides”

Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

The President’s message: “There are already signs of progress for 2018”

Maranello, 18 December –The Gestione Sportiva Christmas lunch with members of the media is a time for exchanging season’s greetings after a year spent together at the race tracks. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to look back at the key moments of what was an action packed championship.

“Given where we started from last year, this season we have taken giant strides forward,” was president Sergio Marchionne’s overview. “Having said that, the second half of 2017 was…character building. We learned a lot over the past six months, trying to move forward and that’s the most important thing. From back in August of last year, when we overhauled the organisation, I totally believed that these guys, with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal and Mattia Binotto heading up the technical side, would be capable of doing something amazing. We really believed we could do much more: but in 2017, we were unable to reach our objectives. That has also resulted in some changes to the organisation of the Gestione Sportiva. We can already see significant signs of change when it comes to the team’s production capacity. The important thing is to start 2018 with all this expertise and experience and to manage this organisation. I have no doubt that we will be competitive.”

Naturally enough, the conversation moved on to the subject of the drivers: “Sebastian Vettel is a guy who studies a lot, studies himself and is committed, therefore, I think that we will see less of his emotive side. I think he has learned enough. Plus, there were plenty of opportunities for him to get annoyed, as he’s had a couple of rather difficult seasons, this year and the previous one. I continue to maintain we have an obligation towards these drivers, to give them a car with which they can race the others. I think we gave them a great car in 2017 and so, from now on, it’s down to him. As for Kimi Raikkonen, I believe he is really great, truly talented and I have never doubted his abilities. I tell you, he’s a really top guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have taken pole at a track like Monaco. I think Maurizio has done a great job with the drivers and that’s not an easy task.”

Until we meet again on 22nd February, when we will reveal the car that will race in the 2018 world championship, happy holidays to you all.

 

David Fumanelli wins Challenge race at Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – David Fumanelli won the exhibition race of the Motor Show featuring the 488 Challenge cars that usually compete in the Ferrari one-make series. The Italian Rossocorsa driver defeated 2017 European champion Daniele Di Amato (CDP) in the final. Third and fourth place went to Thomas Gostner, with the 488 Challenge of Ineco-MP Racing, and Bjorn Grossmann, in the car of Octane 126.

Eliminated in the first round. The other four competitors in the Motor Show exhibition race were knocked out in the first round. Fabienne Wohlwend (Octane 126) and Tommaso Rocca (Rossocorsa) were respectively eliminated by Thomas Gostner and David Fumanelli in the other Rossocorsa car, while Daniele Di Amato and Bjorn Grossmann defeated Manuela Gostner (Ineco-MP Racing) and Maurizio Pitorri (CDP).

2018 championships. The Ferrari Challenge is over for 2017, but will resume again in January with the first of the three championship series. The first round of the North American series takes place from 24 to 27 January at Daytona. The other two championships will kick off on 22 to 25 March. The first round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific goes to Melbourne, while the Ferrari Challenge Europe begins at Mugello, the Ferrari-owned track.

 

1965 FERRARI 275 GTB ALLOY AND SPORTS & RACING RARITIES JOIN RM SOTHEBY’S 2018 PARIS SALE

Posted: 18.12.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby’s

  • Star of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Paris sale is a recently restored alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
  • Rare, one-of-five, 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and one-of-14 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet also confirmed
  • Supercar selection includes a prototype Bugatti EB110 SS and a 2014 McLaren P1 with MSO features
  • More than 70 collector cars set to be offered on 7 February 2018 during Rétromobile week
  • Frequently updated list of entries and additional sale info available at www.rmsothebys.com

LONDON (18 December, 2017) – After a phenomenal end to 2017, RM Sotheby’s 2018 European auction calendar will open again in Paris with an auction offering that features stunning sports, racing, and performance lots, including a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy, a one-of-five 2-litre 1954 OSCA 2000 S and a rare Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet.

Held during the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s has amassed more than 70 collector cars for its prestigious Paris sale on 7 February. The star of the auction is an exceptionally rare long-nose, alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB. Benefitting from over forty years of single ownership in the United States, chassis no. 08069 has recently undergone a ground-up restoration, returning the matching-numbers car to its original factory colors of Argento Metallizatto over a Nero interior, whilst also boasting certification by Ferrari Classiche. One of a mere 60 alloy-bodied 275 GTBs ever made, and widely considered one of the greatest Ferraris of the 1960s, this is one of the finest 275 examples to be offered for public sale (Est. €2.400.000 – €2.800.000).

Lining up alongside the Ferrari is one of the rarest sports cars ever made, a 1954 OSCA 2000 S, chassis no. 2005. This example is one of five cars built and sports gorgeous Morelli coachwork. Winner of the 1954 12 hours of Messina and raced at a handful of other events in Italy, the OSCA benefits from a four-year restoration concluded in 2003 and is ready to be enjoyed and driven on road or track by a discerning new owner (Est. €875.000 – €975.000).

At the other end of the rare collector car spectrum is a 1995 Porsche 911 ‘993’ Turbo Cabriolet. One of just nine left-hand-drive examples made of a mere 14 that ever left the Porsche Exclusive factory, chassis no. 8509 has been carefully used and has covered just 32,000 km from new. A unique and appealing mix of narrow-bodied ‘993’ Carrera bodyshell and ‘964’ Turbo running gear, this drop-top Porsche was a special edition, paired with a desirable ‘G50’ manual gearbox and, unlike the production 911 Turbos of the era, is rear-wheel drive. This example is the second-to-last car ever made and is fitted with a unique electric clutch produced by RUF and installed by Porsche Exclusive. It comes with a comprehensive history file, and a fresh service (Est. €625.000 – €725.000).

Joining the recently announced ‘no-reserve’ 2005 Maserati MC12 and 1992 Ferrari F40 are additional iconic supercars, including a rare Italian-delivered and registered 2014 McLaren P1. Finished in a unique paint-to-sample Porsche Grauschwartz 7A1 Gloss with Rocket Red Pinstripes by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) team – a €100.000 cost when it was ordered – the P1 has covered just 6,000 km by its sole owner (Est. €1.700.000 – €2.000.000). It is featured alongside a prototype 1993 Bugatti EB110 SS with unique factory modifications, including a twin tank single filler system, a carbon fibre engine cover, and a revised gear selector (est. €850.000 – €1.100.000). Rounding out the modern era supercar line-up is a one-of-150, two-owner 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 in a rare colour combination of Titanium over Blue Alcantara.

And for less ‘money, money, money’ than you might imagine, the sale also features a rakish 1977 BMW 633 CSionce owned by Polar Music, the record company of ABBA—Swedish super group of the 1970s. The car was purchased new to be used by Björn Ulvaeus, an avid BMW fan, as well as fellow band member Benny Andersson, and will be sold without reserve at the Paris sale (Est. €25.000 – €35.000). Joining it is an Italian-delivered 2001 BMW Z8, which is offered from its single private owner, a successful Italian touring car driver, and has covered just 28,500 km from new (Est.€180.000 – €240.000).

Meanwhile, ahead of next year’s deliveries of the new Alpine A110, RM has secured a pair of Alpine-Renault A110s for its Paris sale; a 1974 A110 B ‘Team Vialle Autogas’ and a 1974 A110 1600 S. The former, a highly successful example, was driven by Piet Kruythof in 1977/8 in the FIA European Rallycross Championship and has been restored by its current long-term owner with historic racing in mind. The A110 1600 S participated in the 1975 Targa Florio before being placed in storage until 2000. It has since been restored and is ready to drive and enjoy, be it in vintage racing or on the open road. Both cars are exceptional examples with fascinating competition histories and carry pre-sale estimates of €140.000- €180.000 and €130.000- €140.000 respectively.

Coinciding with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018), RM Sotheby’s Paris auction will be held at Place Vauban immediately after the Festival Automobile International, which runs through 4 February. This exciting event features a stunning display of beautiful concept cars and pays tribute to car designers from around the world. For further information on Festival Automobile International, please visit www.festivalautomobile.com.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris auction or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visitwww.rmsothebys.com or call RM’s London office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

 

Ferrari drivers shine at the Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 02.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 2 December 2017 – Antonio  Giovinazzi was the highlight on the first day of the public opening of the Bologna Motor Show. Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver put on an exhibition with two shows at the wheel of a 2009 F60. The Italian pulled off some electrifying accelerations before pulling in to allow the mechanics of Scuderia Ferrari to execute a number of lightning fast pit stops. “It was great having the chance to drive a Ferrari Formula 1 car at the Motor Show. I remember when I used to visit the Motor Show with my father when I was a child, and it looks incredible now to be here for the enjoyment of so many tifosi and young motorsport lovers on the grandstands”, said Giovinazzi after his exhibition on the F60.

World champion. Massive crowds also greeted Alessandro Pier Guidi, the recent winner of the GT class of the World Endurance Championship. He performed at the wheel of the 488 GTE no. 51 of AF Corse in which he secured the world title in Bahrain two weeks ago. The Italian won three races over the season: the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring, the 6 Hours of COTA and the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Fisichella, Rigon and Molina. The other three Ferrari drivers present at the Motor Show also received great support and appreciation. Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and the Spaniard Miguel Molina put on a show at the wheel of the 488 GTE and in the cars of the XX Programmes, the 599XX and FXX K with over 1000 horsepower and hybrid technology derived from Formula 1.

 

Ferrari to star at Bologna Motor Show

Posted: 01.12.2017 / Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 1 December 2017 – Ferrari will be the big star of the first day of the Bologna Motor Show, which runs until 10 December.

Challenge Race. Eight 488 Challenge cars will be at the start in a knockout tournament whose quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will take place in Area 48. Bjorn Grossmann will line up in the colours of Octane 126. The multiple times Trofeo Pirelli European champion will be joined by Fabienne Wohlwend, the young driver from Liechtenstein who at Imola in October became the first woman overall winner of a Ferrari one-make series race. Wohlwend will be challenged by her biggest track rival Manuela Gostner, in the car of Ineco-MP Racing, which will also field a 488 Challenge for Thomas Gostner. CDP will deploy reigning European champion Daniele Di Amato and Maurizio Pitorri. Rossocorsa will have David Fumanelli and Tommaso Rocca.

Exhibitions. In addition to the Challenge race, the Area 48 will also see a number of exhibitions. At 12 pm and again in the afternoon Scuderia Ferrari will put on a show with the test and development driver Antonio Giovinazzi performing thrilling accelerations and burnouts in the cockpit of an F60, while the Formula 1 mechanics will pull off some flashing fast tyre changes. Several GT drivers will also be on track including WEC GT World Champion Alessandro Pier Guidi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina. The Italians and the Spaniard will take turns in the cars of the XX Programmes, including the FXX K with over 1000 horsepower, and the 488 GT, the GTE version of which dominated the World Endurance Championship in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ rankings. In its GT3 configuration the 488 won races on four different continents in 2017.

Cars on display. Several Ferraris will also be on display in the pavilions of the Motor Show. These include the Portofino just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and glorious cars such as the 458 Italia GTE, winner at Le Mans in 2012. There will also be an SF70H, the hybrid single-seater that won five Formula 1 Grand Prix in the season just over.

 

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