Highlights of Monterey

RM Sotheby’s will auction 13 of the most iconic road-going Ferraris as part of its flagship Monterey sale, 18-19 August, during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week. Al cars boast low-mileage, carefully maintained status, coming directly from a single-owner collection. And there are much more iconic cars going under the hammer. As always the auction is under the (of course non official) motto: Exclusive cars, exclusive prices. Here is a selection of the most interesting vehicles.

The Ferraris:
A concours-level restored 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta – one of the last Ferraris made that was eligible to be raced at events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans with little or no modification in period. Chassis no. 2985, a GT variant, is the 110th of 165 ever built. The SWB is expected to fetch $8,500,000 – $10,000,000.

A1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta by Scaglietti, chassis no. 10147. Imported to the USA in 1967, and presented in factory-correct Rosso over Pelle Nera with matching-numbers status, this example is complete with original tool roll, handbook and Ferrari Classiche certification ($2,750,000 – $3,250,000).

1950 Ferrari 166 “Uovo”
The Uovo is, without doubt, the living expression of one of the greatest personalities of the Italian early fifties racing world. The spectacular Ferrari offered here is perhaps the Marzotto-Family’s most significant car of the twenty-some Ferraris that the brothers owned. Completed by the factory on 2 February 1950 and delivered to Umberto, chassis number 024 MB’s first outing was in the Targa Florio, where a clutch problem unfortunately sidelined the car. The car’s next outing was at the Mille Miglia with Umberto and co-driver Franco Cristaldi. It was crashed heavily and returned to Ferrari, where it was fully rebuilt.
After their accident at the Mille Miglia, the Marzottos were looking for even better results in 1951. Giannino thought success could be achieved through utilizing new bodywork for 024 MB. Heavily inspired by Reggiani’s previous aeronautical training, the Uovo took the shape of a jet, minus the wings. It debuted at the Giro di Sicilia, still unpainted in bare aluminum and with an enormous aircraft headlight on the left. It led with a 20-kilometer advantage on the second but was forced to withdraw because of a broken O-ring in the differential.
At Mille Miglia the Uovo held a significant portion of the lead before it was forced to retire due to tire problems. The final known event in Europe for the Uovo was the Avus Grand Prix in September 1952, where it finished 4th overall. Estimate: $5,000,000 – $7,000,000

Led by the recently announced Aston Martin DBR1/1, RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey sale features another superlative group of 100 of the world’s finest and most sought-after automobiles. For example:

Maserati 5000 GT
The Shah of Iran in 1958 went to Maserati and requested something special – specifically, a 3500 GT fitted with one of the massive, potent 450 S racing engines. Maserati’s entire team of 450 S cars having been obliterated in racing accidents, the company thought it was a fine idea that would use some of the spare engines, and set about producing three 450 S-powered road cars for special clients.

Following additional tuning of the 450 S engine, the so-called 5000 GT would eventually reach a production run of 34 bespoke automobiles, each one of the ultimate Italian road cars of its era. The small list of clients included the world’s elite motorists, including Gianni Agnelli, the Aga Khan, and the American racing driver Briggs Cunningham, a man whose wealth was equaled only by his thirst for speed. A more ideal 5000 GT driver could not have been created by Maserati themselves. RM Sotheby’s offers Brigg’s Cunningham’s 5000 GT, expected to fetch $1,100,000 – $1,400,000