It's that time of year where we celebrate the holidays with our families, eat lots of food, give and recieve gifts, and start paying attention to the auction houses who have started listing for the Scottsdale, AZ auctions in January. Okay, not all of us will do that last part, but I know I do. At the time of this writing, the full catalogs from Bonhams, Gooding & Company, and RM Sothebys are not available, so I will make seperate posts later as more vintage Ferraris get listed on those respective sites. Let's dive in to what we have shall we?
First off, we will start with Bonhams. They have three cars worth mentioning. The first of which is a stunning 250 SWB California Spider, chassis 2277GT. This specific car is the 11th out of 56 short wheelbase California Spiders built, and one of just 10 that feature open headlamps. After being officially completed on January 11, 1961, it was immediately shipped to Belgium for display at the 41st Brussels Motor Show. There is evidence that this specific car might have appeared in the 1968 Italian film "Sissignore" in a chase scene also featuring a Lamborghini Miura. While it's possible 2277GT did indeed appear in the film, nobody seems to know for sure. By the end of 1968, the car arrived on American soil, but the bumpers didn't appear to make the trek across the Atlantic. In January 2006, the London-based consignor sent it to GTO Engineering for some restoration-grade mechanical work. More comprehensive mechanical work followed in 2009, which saw the rear axle get rebuilt with new leaf spring bushings, differential, and half shafts.
If you thought the California was a gem, this one will make you think otherwise. Up for grabs is a 1952 340 America Competizione Spider, chassis 0196A, a car that was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari in several noteworthy period races such as the Mille Miglia and LeMans. The 17th of 22 cars built in numerical chassis sequence, and the second of four spiders by Vignale, it was completed just in time for the 1952 Mille Miglia; however it sadly retired early because of transmission damage. It returned to the track again at LeMans just a short time later, but again retired early, this time due to a clutch failure. A similar result occurred at the Targa Florio a few weeks later, thanks to more transmission issues. At this point, the car was sold to a businessman in Florence to begin the transition from factory racecar to privateer...a successful privateer at that. It scored a slew of overall victories at races across Italy.
Next up from Bonhams, the second-to-last 275 ever produced. Chassis 08973. One of my favorite models from the 60s. This particular example is a desirable long nose/torque tube model finished in Argento with a Nero interior. Regarding the 275, this excerpt from the listing describes the car almost perfectly.
08973 is a well-traveled and well-documented example. It was originally sold to a resident of Bologna, Italy. In the 70s, it was shipped to Canada, and then sold to a California resident in 1978. In 1992 it was sold to a well-known collector in Massachussetts; it changed hands to another Massachussetts collector in 2006 before being bought by a Swiss collector in 2009.
Moving on to a different auction house, RM Sothebys. The two cars they have listed don't have a complete listing, so the information provided will be limited. This 400 Superamerica, chassis 2841SA, is the 13th out of 25 Series I cars built. It originally left the factory finished in Grigio Fumo over Rosso, but was repainted to Blu Sera over Naturale interior in 2003.
Next up from RM is a 365 GTS, chassis 12489, the 19th out of 20 cars built. An evolution of the similarly styled 330 GTC, the V12 was reworked from 4 liters and 300 horsepower to 4.4 liters and 320 horsepower.
The Scottsdale auctions never disappoint, and so far this year will be no exception. I will pass along more vintage Maranello material as it gets listed. -KDM