The focus of the collector car world will return to Maranello, Italy on May 18 as RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, host their second annual “Ferrari Leggenda e Passione” auction event.
The stars of the May sale are many, including two rare Ferrari 250 California Spyders and a Ferrari Dino 246 S (s/n 0778). The examples on offer – a 1958 LWB covered headlamp version (s/n 0923 GT) finished in classic Rosso red, and a 1961 SWB version (s/n 2377GT) with coachwork finished in original Nero black – are estimated to achieve values in the region of €3,000,000 – €3,740,000 Euro, while the Dino 246 Spider is estimated to achieve €3,400,000 – €4,080,000 Euro.
One of the earliest of only about 50 long wheelbase versions of the California Spyders built, 0923 GT was third off the line at the Maranello factory in July 1958 and delivered new to Johnny Von Neumann’s dealership in Hollywood, California. For more than 40 years it resided on the West Coast, changing hands several times before eventually ending up with a prominent British collector in 1999.
The 1961 SWB version was once owned by Academy Award winning actor, James Coburn, whose passion for high-performance sports cars was shared by fellow Hollywood actors and Ferrari owners, Steve McQueen and James Garner. The car has been meticulously maintained over its known ownership and includes extensive documentation relating to its restoration and maintenance.
RM Auctions invites further entries for this sale. All of the cars attending the event will be certified by Ferrari Classiche. For further information, please contact RM Auctions’ London Office at +44 (0) 207 293 6336 or visit www.rmauctions.com.
Enjoy the pictures of these selected entries. Sports Car Digest’s favorite may be the crusty 1950 Ferrari 166/195S, although the Dino 246 Spider is truly a piece of art.