The top ten most-expensive Ferraris on offer at the Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 classic car auctions have estimates above $3 million.
Ten Ferraris on offer at the annual Scottsdale, Arizona collector car auctions in January 2019 have upper estimates exceeding $3 million. The most-expensive car, a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, is likely to set a new Scottsdale auction week record if it sell above $10 million as expected. Most of the top-ten Ferraris on offer are from the classic period of the 1950s and 1960s but also include two 288 GTOs from 1985, and a 2017 LaFerrari Aperta.
Top-Ten Most-Expensive Ferraris at Scottsdale 2019
The ten most-expensive Ferraris on offer at the Scottsdale, Arizona 2019 classic car auctions are:
|1||1957||Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale||11,000,000 – 13,000,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|2||2017||Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta||6,500,000 – 8,500,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|3||1964||Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype||6,000,000 – 8,000,000||Gooding|
|4||1963||Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta||6,000,000 – 8,000,000||Gooding|
|5||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta||5,750,000 – 6,500,000||Gooding|
|6||1953||Ferrari 250 MM Spider||5,500,000 – 6,500,000||Gooding|
|7||1954||Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider||5,000,000 – 6,000,000||Bonhams|
|8||1985||Ferrari 288 GTO||3,200,000 – 3,600,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|9||1967||Ferrari 275 GTB/4||2,800,000 – 3,200,000||RM Sotheby’s|
|10||1985||Ferrari 288 GTO||2,500,000 – 3,000,000||Gooding|
Top Ferraris at Scottsdale, Arizona 2019
The two most-expensive cars on offer at the 2019 Scottsdale classic car auction series are both at the RM Sotheby’s auction but five of the ten most-expensive Ferraris are on offer at Gooding. Bonhams has one on the list and RM Sotheby’s four. The estimates of several – especially at Gooding – are not excessive hinting at a desire by vendors to actually sell these cars and not to miss sales with over optimistic reserves.
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale
The 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, at RM Sotheby’s, is by far the most-expensive car on offer during the Scottsdale 2019 collector car auction series. It has the potential to raise the Scottsdale auction week record from the current $9,900,000 paid for a 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster in 2016.
This Ferrari with one-off, coachbuilt bodywork by Pinin Farina, originally belonged to Princess Lilian de Réthy of Belgium. The Speciale’s long nose featured covered headlamps, while the front fenders were notable for large chromed and louvered vents, reminiscent of those found on the California Spider.
2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
In sharp contrast, and also at RM Sotheby’s, is the modern 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It will be the second LaFerrari Aperta offered at public auction in 2019 – the Aperta at Mecum Kissimmee failed to sell despite a highest bid of $6.1 million.
The car on offer is a US-specification model with 1,500 miles on the clock. It is finished in Nero Daytona with red accents throughout the exterior and interior.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype
For the second consecutive year, the top car at Gooding Scottsdale will be a unique 275 GTB. The 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype was the very first 275 GTB built and the development car for what would become a very popular Ferrari series. Its present condition resembles the car as it was in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally where it participated with factory support as part of the development process.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta with coachwork by Scaglietti, chassis 4037 GT, at Gooding was the fourth to last of 166 SWB produced and one of only 96 Lusso SWB Berlinettas built. It had a string of owners including Nicolas Cage in 2006.
The car is Ferrari Classiche certified with matching-numbers engine and gearbox.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, chassis 1037 GT, at Gooding was the 19th of 36 single-louver Tour de France Berlinettas produced (out of a total 78 made).
The car was originally delivered in Venezuela where it was raced successfully for several years.
The car is Ferrari Classiche certified to having amongst others its original body, chassis, engine and gearbox and is sold with a spare 250 GT engine.
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider
The 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider, chassis 0348 MM, at Gooding is one of just 12 Vignale Spiders built on the 250 MM chassis.
The 250 MM Spider was originally delivered to the USA where it was extensively and successfully raced. However, it survived in a very good condition with its original engine, gearbox, chassis and coachwork.
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider
A 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, chassis 0438MD, estimate $5,000,000 – $6,000,000, is top car at the the Bonhams Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction. Ferrari produced only 27 Mondials with this Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider the eleventh of only twelve Series I Spiders produced with Pinin Farina coachwork.
This Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider was originally owned by Porforio Ruburiso who specified the blue color. He sold it to Johnny von Neumann who extensively raced it with amongst others Phil Hill as driver.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO at RM Sotheby’s is a low-mileage US example with only 2,900 miles from new.
Only 272 of the 288 GTO were produced, of which only one were sold at auction in the past two years: for a very strong $3,948,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Maranello 2017 sale. Prior to that result, 288 GTOs traded mostly for around $2.5 million and often failed to attract much bidding.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at RM Sotheby’s is a freshly serviced and Classiche-certified car. It is one of only 330 examples built and finished in the stunning color combination of Blue Sera over Pelle Bleu.
This 275 GTB/4 was part of the Pinnacle Collection that RM Sotheby’s sold at Monterey 2015. Right at the peak of the market it achieved $3.3 million – expectations, not only for this car, have lowered since.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
The 1988 Ferrari 288 GTO at Gooding is the “cheaper” of the two on offer during the 2019 Scottsdale classic car auction week. This 288 GTO had only three owners and is in a very well-maintained condition. It has 12,249 km on the clock.
More on Scottsdale 2019 Collector Car Auctions
The first major collector car auction series of the year is traditionally the Scottsdale and Phoenix auctions in Arizona, USA, in mid-January.
Most major car auctioneers have sales in Arizona including Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby’s. A notable exception is Mecum that start the auction year a few weeks earlier at Kissimmee in Florida.
Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Sale Previews:
- Top Ten Ferraris at Scottsdale, Arizona 2019
- Bonhams – 2019 Scottsdale Auction Preview
- Gooding – 2019 Scottsdale Auction Preview
- RM Sotheby’s – 2019 Arizona Auction Preview
Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019 Auctions Pre-Sale Announcements:
- Bonhams – Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider
- Bonhams – Team Cunningham 1959 Lister-Jaguar Sports Racer
- Bonhams – Miura, Porsche 904 & 356 Carrera Cabriolet
- Gooding – Four Mercedes Benz 300 Classics
- Gooding – Top 1960s Ferraris – including a 275 Prototype & 250 GTB SWB
- Gooding – Top 1950s Ferraris – including a 250 GT Tour de France, 250 MM Spider & 212 Europa Cabriolet
- Gooding – American Muscle Cars – including three Shelby Cobras
- Barrett Jackson – 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition VIN001
- Barrett-Jackson – 2020 Toyota Supra VIN20201
- Barrett-Jackson – 14 Charity Lots, including four Bumblebee Camaros.
- RM Sotheby’s – Top Ferraris