The kind of cars changing hands across the world is fascinating. Some really awesome machines get traded in various auctions for some mind-boggling prices. BSM has been in touch with Canada-based RM Auctions, the world’s leading auction and restoration house for vintage and classic cars. For almost 30 years now, RM Auctions have set records for selling and restoring some of the most rare and expensive cars in the world. Each year, they contribute significantly to the world’s top ten vintage automobile sales records. Want examples? A Le Mans winning Ferrari Testa Rossa 330 TRI/LM ($6.5 million), a Mercedes-Benz 540K roadster ($3.6 million), a Ferrari 250 LM ($2.3 million) and an ex-Fangio Ferrari 860 Monza racer (over $2 million). These are just a few. We just thought we’d tell you about the auctions coming up this year and what will be on the block. Recommend you start saving up right away!
Possibly one of the best deals clinched by RM Auctions is an exclusive one with Ferrari. Called the Leggenda e Passione, some of the greatest Ferraris and Maseratis, including racing machines from their 60 years of history will be on sale. To be held at Maranello on May 20 this year, the event will also have Ferrari memorabilia from their own archives. Here are three Ferraris which are expected to draw the biggest bids.
1970 Ferrari 512S
Those in the know call it ‘one of the most original and unmolested examples to exist’. The 512S was entered by Luigi Chinetti’s NART (North American Racing Team) at Sebring twice, at Buenos Aires, Le Mans and at two CanAm races. Chassis 1006 came second at the 24-Hours of Daytona. With a 550 bhp 5000cc DOHC light-alloy V12, it was capable of speeds in excess of 375 kph – the fastest Ferrari ever seen then.
1987 Ferrari F40 Prototipo
Built to commemorate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, this F40 prototype made its public debut at the 1987 Paris Motor Show – unveiled by old man Enzo himself. What’s unique about this F40 prototype is a Michelotto 600 bhp engine and adjustable ride height. It’s a one-off, and has done only 600 km over the last 20 years.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Chassis 9803 is as pristine as any 275 GTB/4 can get. Scaglietti’s design hallmark, this Ferrari’s 300 bhp, six-carburettor, DOHC V12 motor could do 265 kph. The spiritual father to today’s 612 Scaglietti, but much, much more visceral. BSM
1958 FERRARI 412S
An example of what RM Auctions achieved recently. This gorgeous one-off racer, which was once driven by Phil Hill and Richie Ginther, was sold for $5.6 million at the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction in August last year. This Pebble Beach Class Winner is powered by a 447 bhp 4023cc V12.