An exquisite Ferrari from the 1950s could be about to sell for a record-breaking sum of over thirty million dollars at auction. This specific car has a rich and exciting history and will surely catch the eye of numerous collectors when the bidding kicks off. Ferrari is one of the most prestigious car manufacturers in the world, with the Italian company having made some of the finest automobiles to have ever existed. It will be interesting for motorsports fans and car enthusiasts in general to keep an eye on this auction and see how it all turns out.
The car itself was made in 1957 and is the 335 S Spider model. It has a very similar appearance to another Ferrari car made in ’57, the 250 Testa Rossa. However, this particular car is extra special. The chassis bears the number 0674 and was originally featured in a 315 S that enjoyed quite a bit of success in various races. The car earned a top six finish at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and also managed to take home second place at an edition of the famous Mille Miglia endurance event.
After these fine performances, the chassis was taken to Ferrari headquarters in the town of Maranello, Italy. There, it was given a few modifications and transformed into the 335 S. During this transformation, the car’s engine was upgraded from 3.8 liters to 4.1 and was given a horsepower boost. It was then sent back out to race, famously being driven by Mike Hawthorn at Le Mans. Hawthorn actually managed to break the lap record during his run and was in a good position to win the race, but a few technical issues meant that he would end up finishing fifth.
The car was then entered into a multitude of other races in 1957, before being sold to Luigi Chinetti, an Italian-American driver who had a particular fondness for Ferrari’s 335 S model. Chinetti drove the car at several events in the years that followed, earning a few victories along the way, including a notable title at the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix. However, the car’s journey wasn’t finished there. It was sold once more, this time to the famous collector Pierre Bardinon. Bardinon assembled a huge library of automobiles throughout his life, with the 335 S being a particularly well-regarded treasure.
The car remained part of Bardinon’s collection for several decades, but will soon be sold at auction. The auction itself will be a notable highlight of the exciting Salon Retromobile exhibition, held annually in France. Auctioneers and experts are predicting that the car should fetch well above the $30 million mark, which would certainly be a record for 2016 at the very least. The highest price that one car ever managed to earn during an auction was approximately $40 million. Perhaps this famous Ferrari might even manage to claim that record for itself, but only time will tell.