A sizable chunk of RM Auction’s forthcoming Monaco acution consists of vintage Ducati motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, but we can’t help but notices a number of amazing vintage Ferrari race and road cars have also worked their way into the auction catalog. Here are a few of our favorite Ferraris that will be sold to the highest bidder starting May 11.
If you’re looking for a very early Ferrari, it may prove hard to beat chassis number 012l – which, it seems, was the 9th Ferrari ever built, and the sixth 166 Spyder Corsa manufactured. The car originally was built as a Inter Corsa (complete with cycle fenders), but was rebodied after it was sold in 1950 (it would gain an auxiliary hard top a year later). The car retired from an active racing life in 1955, was first restored in 1976, and has changed hands several times over ever since.
Hard to believe this shares much in common with the cheeky little barchetta above, but the two share quite a bit mechanically, though this road-going Inter uses a smaller 1.9-liter V-12 in lieu of the Corsa’s 2.6-liter mill. This particular car, bodied by Touring, is one of only 38 Inters produced between 1948 and 1951, and the car shown at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show.
Ferrari only built about 20 225 Sport models; the vast majority were bodied by Vignale, but only 12 – including this car – wore a Vignale-crafted Spyder body. Pity, as the sheetmetal curves so beautifully around the car’s chassis and 2.7-liter V-12. This example was originally sold to an Alfa Romeo dealer in Argentina, and led a long life of racing as it changed owners several times. It finally returned to Italy in 1980, where it was restored for use vintage competition events.
1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider
Ferrari only built 26 375 MMs, but as most were bodied by Pinin Farina, one could argue this car is somewhat. Its story, however, is anything but. It was shipped to Argentina for use in competition, but flipped on the 11th lap of its first race. After it was repaired, driver Dias Saenz Valiente used it win the 1954 and 1955 Argentine Sports Car Championships, along with the 736-kilometer Turismo Carretera road race. After a wreck in 1955, it was repowered with an American V-8, though it was later paired with a proper 375 MM twelve-cylinder engine upon restoration in 1984.
If you’re looking for an early example of a Ferrari 250, look no further than this GT Europa, built only two years after the road-going 250 cars first debuted. Ferrari built only 34 Europa GT models, and this car – bodied by Pininfarina – was built for pasta magnate/ Enzo Ferrari friend Pietro Barilla.
Speaking of re-powering, 625 TRC – one of two examples built – suffered the same fate several times in its lifespan. Shortly after its construction, its original 2.5-liter I-4 was replaced by a V-12 engine. After original owner Johnny Von Neumann sold the car in 1959, it was then repowered again, but this time with a Chevy small-block V-8. It retained this engine until it was restored in 1982, when it was paired with a Testa Rossa-spec 3.0-liter V-12. The car has been lovingly maintained (and raced) ever since, and also comes with the original, numbers-matching 2.5-liter I-4 should the next owner desire to reinstall it.
Designed for the 2-liter Group 4 class, the 206 S debuted in 1966, looking much like a three-quarter scale version of Ferrari’s fabled 330P. In the engine bay, however, it was a far different beast: it utilized a new 65-degree, 2.0-liter V-6 conceived by the late Dino Ferrari. 50 cars were planned, but only 18 examples were built, and this particular car – originally owned by a British Ferrari dealer and racing team – was treated to an extensive (and prolonged) restoration.
Talk about a double-whammy: not only was this particular car was born as one of eight prototype F40 cars built before production commenced, but it was later chosen as one of roughly seven cars that received F40 GT racing upgrades by Micheloto. This car packs a 590-hp form of the F40’s twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8 and though it was raced in the 1992 and 1993 Supercar GT series, it has been sparingly used ever since.
For more information on the Monaco auction – or to see other lots consigned to the event – visit www.rmauctions.com
Source: RM Auctions
Photos courtesy of RM Auctions