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

Posted: 09.01.2018
Source: RM Sotheby’s


  • 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

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

For further information on RM Sotheby’s Paris sale, to view the complete digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit 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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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:
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S/N 4189 GT
Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III
  • Lot: 115
  • Estimate: 430.000 – 470.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 08069
Ferrari 275 GTB “Alloy
  • Lot: 120
  • Estimate: 2.400.000 – 2.800.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 36775
Ferrari 512 BB
  • Lot: 121
  • Estimate: 240.000 – 280.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFDT57B000139664
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
  • Lot: 122
  • Estimate: 200.000 – 250.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N – ZFFGJ34B000093710
Ferrari F 40
  • Lot: 123
  • Estimate: 850.000 – 950.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFFD60B000167984
Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Lot: 125
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFBT55B000128466
Ferrari 575 M Maranello
  • Lot: 138
  • Estimate: 85.000 – 125.000 EUR
  • Result:
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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:
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S/N 12043
Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
  • Lot: 146
  • Estimate: 210.000 – 240.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFPA41B000101523
Ferrari F 355 Challenge
  • Lot: 161
  • Estimate: 135.000 – 175.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 00854
Ferrari 246 GT Dino “L-Series”
  • Lot: 164
  • Estimate: 300.000 – 350.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFUA36B000096858
Ferrari 348 GTS
  • Lot: 166
  • Estimate: 75.000 – 100.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N 0272 M
Ferrari 166 MM Spider
  • Lot: 172
  • Estimate: 3.700.000 – 4.500.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFSP44B000102488
Ferrari 456 GT
  • Lot: 178
  • Estimate: 60.000 – 80.000 EUR
  • Result:
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S/N ZFFAA17B000091201
Ferrari Testarossa
  • Lot: 182
  • Estimate: 70.000 – 90.000 EUR
  • Result:
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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

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

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



Posted: 22.11.2017 / Source: RM Sotheby’s

  • 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix and 2005 Maserati MC12 to be sold ‘without reserve’ at RM Sotheby’s Paris sale
  • More than 60 collector cars set to be offered on 7 February 2018 during Rétromobile week
  • Additional highlights include one-owner 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 and two-owner 1958 BMW 507 Roadster, along with collection of desirable 911s featuring two modern 911 GT2s and 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Schmal
  • Frequently updated list of entries and additional sale info available at

LONDON (22 November, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce early featured automobiles for its fifth annual Paris sale on 7 February, which coincides with the world-famous Rétromobile week (7-11 February, 2018). With fifty percent of entries already confirmed to be offered ‘without reserve’, RM will undoubtedly kick its European auction calendar off in spectacular fashion next year in the French capital.

Early highlights are led by a hugely original 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix, offered from long-term French ownership. Known as one of the most successful of the Bugatti racing models, chassis no. 4394 was delivered new to marquis Georges Cholmondeley “Lord Rocksavage” in early 1925 to his home in France. Complete with a large collection of period photographs with Lord and Lady Cholmondeley, including one with Malcolm Campbell at Brooklands in 1925, it represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire what is truly one of the most iconic and respected automobiles of the 1920s. The Bugatti displays lovely original patina and is offered in excellent condition complete with original chassis, body, gearbox, axles, and differential (Est. €950.000 – €1.050.000, offered without reserve).

At the opposite end of the collector car spectrum is a 2005 Maserati MC12, chassis no. 12085, which is also offered ‘without reserve’ from a private collection at RM Sotheby’s 7 February auction. Being one of 50 cars built between 2004 and 2005, the MC12 model is highly prized by collectors seeking the ultimate, exclusive, modern hypercar to wear the trident badge, and this particular example has been well-maintained throughout its life, having covered only 12,500 km from new (Est. €2.000.000 – €2.500.000). Another iconic Italian supercar making its way to Paris from the private collection and set to sell to the highest bidder is a 1992 Ferrari F40, chassis no. 93710. Offered with books, tools and its rare original luggage, the F40 has been recently serviced and is ready to return to the road (Est. €850.000 – €950.000, offered without reserve). 

“We’re thrilled to return to Paris for our fifth anniversary sale with an already incredibly diverse lineup of cars on offer,” said Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist and European Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s. “Early auction highlights cover all segments of the collector car market, from pre-war racers through to the most advanced supercars of today, all of which we’ve seen perform well in Paris in past years as demonstrated by our particularly strong 2017 results. Our total sales were up more than 50 percent over 2016, we achieved the highest sell-through rate of the Rétromobile auction week, and sold more vehicles within or above estimate range than any of our competitors. We look forward to building on this success for 2018 as we continue to grow our European presence.”

Following last year’s successful sale of a private Porsche collection, RM Sotheby’s has once again secured a plethora of Porsche 911s from the Seventies to Noughties for its return to Paris, including a rare narrow-body1989 Porsche 911 Speedster in remarkably original condition and surely one of the lowest mileage examples extant at a mere 577km from new (Est. €275.000 – €325.000), along with a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI ‘Jubiläum’ anniversary model. With just 25 European MFI-engined Carrera models ever made, this example has covered a mere 600km following a meticulous restoration and is estimated to sell for €250.000 – €350.000. Other Porsches confirmed include a 1994 Porsche 911 ‘964’ Turbo 3.6 with desirable X88 pack boasting 385 bhp (Est. €250.000 – €300.000) and two modern GT2s; a 2002 Porsche 911 ‘996’ GT2 ‘Mk1’ (Est. €100.000 – €150.000) and a 2008 Porsche 911 ‘997’ GT2 Clubsport (€150.000 – €175.000).

With its unrivalled reputation for offering exceptional fresh-to-market collector cars, RM Sotheby’s has also tempted two wonderful automobiles with outstanding histories and long-term ownership status into the Paris auction. The first is a 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II which has had only two owners and, unbelievably, has been maintained by the same BMW-trained mechanic from new. Chassis no. 70127 remained with its first lady owner until 2004, and this highly original and coveted example of a Series II 507 Roadster benefits from having new carpets, recovered seats, a new soft-top and a set of Rudge wheels (Est. €1.600.000 – €1.800.000). Joining the BMW is a 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 which will be offered for sale out of single-family ownership since new. The 400 GT was purchased by its first and only Dutch owner directly from the Lamborghini factory where he met with Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. It has been carefully preserved and enjoyed throughout its life, and comes to Paris wearing the majority of its original paintwork, showing less than 62,000km, and ready to drive at a moment’s notice (Est. €450.000 – €500.000).

Sabatié-Garat adds: “We’re equally excited that we’re able to bring so many of these cars to auction for the very first time, whether it is for their original or long-term owners. In today’s buyer’s market, it is the truly special examples like the 507 and the 400 GT that stand out.”

Further consignments already confirmed include a 1970 Porsche 914/6 GT that competed in several rallies in Germany during the 1971 and 1972 seasons and is offered fresh from restoration (Est. €220.000 – €260.000), as well as a 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Car that competed at many events with Triumph’s Works team, including the Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour de France (Est. €160.000 – €180.000).

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

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