Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione

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  1. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400

    Registration no: EU Registered
    Chassis no: 3645
    Estimate: €250,000-300,000

    Lot 262

    It is fair to say that before the Miura, Lamborghini produced some outstanding Grand Touring cars which, despite their superlative mechanical specifications, somehow lacked a definable persona. All of this was to change on the 10th of March 1966, when the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to the public. Sitting on the Lamborghini stand next to a 400 GT sat the very first Miura, completed only days before. Finished in a striking orange-red hue, the car caused a sensation. Its mid-engined V12 layout was in itself highly innovative, but it was the extraordinarily flamboyant body by Marcello Gandini of Bertone that provided the masterly final touch. With 350bhp on tap, the car was capable of nearly 180mph in the hands of the brave, which was more than a match for any other road-going production car.

    Output soon built up as it became a favourite among pop stars, racing drivers and other wealthy playboys; after all, the Miura was outrageously different and certainly more sophisticated than its arch rival the Ferrari 275 GTB/4, or even its successor the Daytona. Production for 1967 reached 111 cars, rising to a record 184 in 1968. This was, indeed, the car in which to be seen in the 1960s, the very last word in style, speed and outright sexiness; the sort of car that made children weak at the knees, women swoon and traffic stop in all directions when it passed.

    Alas, the Miura's heyday was to end with the disappearance of the Swinging Sixties and the ensuing tendency towards greater moderation in people's tastes. Production ceased late in 1972 after a mere 763 cars had been built, and they are today the most highly prized of all Lamborghinis.

    This superb LP400 example has the added benefit of having been up-rated to the very desirable S specification with greater horse power and enhanced performance. The car is offered in very good condition throughout with a recent engine rebuilt and is finished in its original colour scheme of Miura orange with a black leather interior. An Italian car from new this fine machine - now widely appreciating in popularity and value - was greatly admired on its last public appearance when it was the centrepiece of a feature display at the super exclusive Vernasca Silver Flag Hill Climb in June 2007.
  2. Not anymore.
    Guess why?
  3. The California sold for $10M.
  4. #54 ajzahn, May 19, 2008
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    Chris Evans buys �5m Ferrari

    19 May 2008

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    Radio DJ and former TV presenter Chris Evans stunned the crowd at Sunday�s �Ferrari Leggenda e Passione� auction in Maranello by paying just over �7 million (�5.6 million) for a black 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider.

    His winning bid set a new record for the price paid for a car at auction (on the current US dollar exchange rate), with the $10.9 million that Evans paid surpassing the $10.7 million that market the previous record $10.7 million that was paid for a Ferrari 250 GTO at Sotheby�s Monaco in 1990.

    The California Spider previously belonged to actor James Coburn, who died in 2002. It was estimated to sell for barely half the price that Evans ended up paying for it, proving that the slowing economy has yet to effect the buoyant classic Ferrari values.

    The purchase puts a substantial dent in Evan�s fortune, estimated at �45 million by the Sunday Times Rich List. He told Bloomberg news that he has no regrets, saying that �this is the best of the best. It seems like a lot of money now, but in five to 10 years time it�ll be out of my range.�

  5. #55 ajzahn, May 19, 2008
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    Ex-Coburn Ferrari Sells for $10,894,900 at RM Maranello Sale

    A new world record price for a classic car at auction was set today in Maranello. RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby�s, sold the ultra-rare 1961 Ferrari California Spyder, formerly owned by actor James Coburn, for the equivalent of $10,894,900 including buyer�s premium.

    The black car, one of two �Cal Spyders� in the sale, and designed around a 'short wheelbase' Ferrari 250 GT, was sold to British TV and radio personality and media mogul Chris Evans.

    Other significant cars finding new owners at the now annual all-Ferrari auction were the superb blue 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 for 1,200,000 euros, the 1971 Ferrari 512M for 1,900,000 euros, and one of the talks of the saleroom; the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso for a well-deserved 690,000 euros. All of the latter prices are nett of buyer�s premium.

    The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Competizione was the first car to be sold �the RM way�, achieving 1,000,000 euros plus premium.

    Full report and results to follow on Classic Driver.

  6. #56 ajzahn, May 19, 2008
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    Car enthusiasts and Ferrari collectors from across the globe descended on Ferrari�s home, Maranello, at the weekend (17-18 May 2008) for RM Auctions second annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction event and to witness a new Ferrari auction record established for a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder formerly owned by actor James Coburn.

    The rare car exceeded all expectations by selling for a world record auction price for a vintage car at auction in the amount of 7,040,000 euros surpassing the previous record set at Sotheby's Monaco in 1990 for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at US$10,756,000.

    Among the attendees was one extremely well known Ferrari enthusiast, BBC Radio DJ Chris Evans. Chris, accompanied by his wife, golf pro and writer Natasha Shishmanian, attended the Gala reception on Saturday 17 May where he fell for the considerable charms of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. The following day, Chris made a successful bid of 7,040,000 euros for his dream machine, which will now take pride of place in his own celebrated collection.

    1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

    Specifications: 280bhp, 2,953cc, single overhead camshaft, single outside plug, roller rockers, alloy block and head V-12 engine with three Weber 40 DCL 6 carburettors, four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension via A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shocks and live axle, semi-elliptical springs and telescopic shock absorber rear suspension, and four wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400mm (94.5 in.)

    Many Ferrari aficionados consider the 250 GT SWB California Spyder one of the most beautiful and functional cars ever made. Certainly the actor James Coburn did. With body work designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the car was a collaboration between the very best.

    �I am lucky enough to remember that afternoon in 1951 when my father was driving back to Turin from Tortona in his B20, with me at his side. In Tortona we had met Enzo Ferrari in a restaurant and, over lunch, we had discussed the terms of a possible partnership. Both Ferrari and my father were proud men and neither had wanted to give the other the privilege of playing host. So they had decided to meet halfway. In a way they already knew each other: they had met several times at motor shows. They respected each other very much and had probably already sensed what they could achieve by working together. On his part, Ferrari had no coachbuilder at Maranello and had always had to go out and look for the best. He had already worked with some of the most famous names of the day such as Ghia, Touring and Vignale. Some of the results had been excellent, but despite its wonderful racing tradition, even Touring seemed hesitant whether or not to continue. And Ferrari, as he has often been quoted as saying, realised that his cars needed an image of their own and using different designers only added to the kind of confusion he wanted to avoid. He believed that Pinin Farina could give him what he had in mind.

    "My father wanted to match his creative instinct with a product of the highest quality; he had ambitious plans to invest and expand and was confident that the future would repay the risks and initial sacrifices. Ferrari was the best of all possible opportunities: a young company that had already won itself prestige and sporting glory, able to offer him the chance of creating something really new.

    "No other company, not even the biggest and most famous, could have given him the same freedom and the same incentive, because it already had a heritage of its own and traditions that he would have had to respect. Ferrari, on the other hand, was like a King without a crown and my father�s great idea was to give it an image and a personality of its own. His ideal was to make �his� Ferrari the symbol of the sports car par excellence.� This is Sergio Farina�s recollection of the start of Pinin Farina�s collaboration with Ferrari and it is particularly poignant in that the partnership between the two, along with Sergio Scaglietti, would go on to produce some of the most beautiful and sensational cars that the world has ever seen.

    Scaglietti was started in 1951 as a car repair shop and was located across the road from Ferrari�s operations in Modena. A true artisan, Scaglietti�s skills in design and coachbuilding ensured an enduring relationship with Enzo Ferrari. While he was alive, Ferrari�s son Dino would spend a lot of time at the Scaglietti workshop absorbing everything that was going on. Scaglietti was responsible for some of the most stunning designs of the 1950s and 60s and became the preferred Carrozzeria for Ferrari competition cars. Following the infamous �walkout� of several Ferrari employees, including Giotto Bizzarrini, Scaglietti took over Bizzarrini�s 250 GTO design. Simplifying the lines and refining the shape, the result was one of the most beautiful of all Ferraris.

    Ferrari recognised the contribution that the sale of road cars could make to financially support the scuderia�s sports and grand prix racing, and the appeal of production convertibles in particular became apparent. They were readily marketable to a select clientele in Europe and particularly attractive to the burgeoning market in North America served by Luigi Chinetti and John von Neumann, which was so important to Ferrari�s cash flow. To respond to this market Ferrari created two legendary series, the cabriolets and the spyders.

    The 250 GT Pinin Farina Series II Cabriolets were based upon Ferrari�s first volume series built production cars, the 250 GT Pinin Farina Coup�s, and like the PF coup� they were nicely trimmed and fitted for everyday use and long trips. Combining the exciting performance of Ferrari�s race-proven 3.0-litre V-12 with the excellent handling and supple ride of the 2,600 mm wheelbase chassis, the Series II 250 GT PF Cabriolet had a well-earned and highly justified reputation as a superb, elegant and understated touring car with quality interior appointments, soundproofing and Pininfarina�s classic Ferrari styling.

    On the other hand, there was the California Spyder. Also designed by Pinin Farina, it was based upon the 250 GT Tour de France, Ferrari�s dual-purpose berlinetta, and it shared its character: lighter, more responsive and faster, with characteristics closer to those of a racing car than its more luxurious stable mates. The California Spyder, first offered in the 2,600 mm wheelbase of the 250 GT Tour de France, was developed for a group of performance oriented drivers who wanted both the pace of the lighter berlinettas and the open-air feel of a convertible.

    In 1959 Ferrari introduced a short wheelbase 250 GT berlinetta that offered quicker, more responsive handling, followed a year later by its California Spyder variant. While the SWB Berlinetta got a new Pinin Farina designed body, the SWB California Spyder continued with its LWB sibling�s coachwork, styling only drawn and executed more tautly and sharply over the shorter length. True dual-purpose automobiles, they were at home on the streets of Beverly Hills and the open roads and racing circuits of Europe and North America.

    Many of Ferrari�s clients were wealthy, famous and titled patrons. In Hollywood, a number of top actors owned Ferraris, including Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and James Coburn amongst them. Of course McQueen would go on to be an accomplished racing driver as would Paul Newman and to a lesser degree James Garner. Another was James Dean who was killed on his way to race his Porsche 550 Spyder at Salinas, California.

    It may well have been Steve McQueen�s influence that sparked James Coburn�s interest in fast cars. McQueen was starring in a successful television show called �Wanted Dead or Alive� and by the end of the fifties already owned a 1953 Siata 208S, 1958 Porsche Speedster 1600 Super and a 1957 Jaguar XK-SS. He would go on to own a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso and a stunning 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder. Between 1959 and 1960 James Coburn co-starred with him in three episodes of �Wanted Dead or Alive�. The McQueen family and James Coburn would remain friends for life. They co-starred together in their first feature film, �The Magnificent Seven� in 1960 and another iconic picture �The Great Escape� in 1963 where they were joined by friend James Garner. Having worked as second unit director on the movie �Convoy,� Coburn�s directorial debut, years later he would be on Garner�s TV show �The Rockford Files.� James Coburn once said, �Actors are boring when they�re not working, it�s a natural condition. Because they don�t have anything to do, they just lay around and that�s why so many of them get drunk.� A good way to cure boredom is to buy a Ferrari.

    CHASSIS NO. 2377GT

    The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, chassis number 2377 GT is the thirteenth of just fifty-six built. It was completed on March 5th 1961 and sold new through official Ferrari importer Jacques Swaters� Garage Francorchamps in Brussels to first owner Fredy Damman. In 1964 it was sold, again via Swaters, to actor James Coburn of Hollywood, California. This would have been shortly after the end of filming �The Great Escape.� Coburn had this car tuned up by Max Balchowsky at his Hollywood Motors. Balchowsky was a successful racing driver famous for his homebuilt Old Yeller racing cars. His garage was a popular hangout for Hollywood�s �genuine car guys� as McQueen, Garner and Coburn were known and James Dean before them. Coburn would go on to own other Ferraris including a 1967 412P. 2377 GT is in wonderful condition, finished in nero (black). The car has been meticulously maintained over its known ownership and includes extensive documentation relating to its restoration and maintenance. With such a wonderful history this car becomes even more desirable, owned for much of its existence by James Coburn, a tremendous actor and iconic film star who starred in some of the greatest films of our age.

    Born on 31st August 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, James Coburn appeared in over 180 movies and television shows. He died in November 2002. Known as being �Tall, lean and sporting one of the biggest grins in Hollywood,� Coburn won an Oscar in 1998 for his role in the film �Affliction.� Coburn shared the same manager as Steve McQueen, the Hollywood legend Hilly Elkins. Elkins said of Coburn, �There�ll never be another like him. When we were kids, he and I and Steve McQueen hung out together. Those two made an impression on generations, past, present and future.�

  7. #57 amenasce, May 19, 2008
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    Mad props to him to spend 10% of his networth on his dream car ! True enthusiast !
  8. #58 ajzahn, May 19, 2008
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    Ferrari � Leggenda e Passione

    2008 Cars Results

    Lot Day Year/Make/Model
    220 SUN 1980 Ferrari Pinin Prototipo �176.000 Sold
    301 SUN 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT �104.500 Sold
    302 SUN 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe �203.500 Sold
    303 SUN 1963 Ferrari 330 America �181.500 Sold
    304 SUN 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona �280.000
    305 SUN 1979 Ferrari 512BB �126.500 Sold
    306 SUN 2008 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti �220.000 Sold
    307 SUN 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta �135.000 Sold
    308 SUN 1995 Ferrari 412 T2 �400.000
    308A SUN 1995 Ferrari 412 T2 F1 Engine �38.500 Sold
    309 SUN 1958 Ferrari 250 GT EllenaCoupe �385.000 Sold
    310 SUN 1951 Ferrari 195 Inter �360.000 Sold
    311 SUN 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder �962.500 Sold
    313 SUN 1990 Ferrari F40/LM �900.000
    314 SUN 2006 Maserati MC12 �875.000
    315 SUN 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso "Comp" �1.100.000 Sold
    316 SUN 1997 Ferrari F310B �495.000 Sold
    317 SUN 1971 Ferrari 512M �2.090.000 Sold
    318 SUN 2004 Ferrari Enzo �852.500 Sold
    319 SUN 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta �759.000 Sold
    320 SUN 1976 Ferrari 512 BB �93.500 Sold
    321 SUN 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT �110.000 Sold
    322 SUN 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupe �575.000 Sold
    323 SUN 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT �115.500 Sold
    324 SUN 2000 Ferrari F1-2000 �800.000
    325 SUN 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS �385.000 Sold
    326 SUN 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Europa Coupe �525.000
    327 SUN 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 �1.320.000 Sold
    328 SUN 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder �7.040.000 Sold
    329 SUN 2007 Ferrari F430 GT2 �125.000
    330 SUN 1989 Ferrari F40 Valeo �418.000 Sold
    331 SUN 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe �225.000
    332 SUN 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS �132.000 Sold
    333 SUN 1950 Ferrari 166/195 Inter Berlinetta �517.000 Sold
    334 SUN 1999 Ferrari 333SP �500.000
    335 SUN 1996 Ferrari F 310 �550.000
    336 SUN 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona �275.000 Sold
    337 SUN 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder �2.365.000 Sold
    338 SUN 1961 Ferrari PF 250 GT SII Cabriolet �550.000 Sold
    339 SUN 1991 Ferrari F40 �396.000 Sold
    339A SUN 1964 Ferrari 250LM �4.510.000 Sold
    340 SUN 1996 Ferrari F50 �450.000
    341 SUN 2003 Ferrari Enzo �770.000 Sold
    342 SUN 2005 Ferrari F360 GTC �115.500 Sold
    343 SUN 1987 Ferrari F1 / 87 �247.500 Sold
    344 SUN 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB �125.000 Sold

  9. #59 ajzahn, May 19, 2008
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    James Coburn's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder set new record at auction

    Recently revealed Ferrari California sets new record for website hits

    Maranello, May 18th 2008 - One of the cars at the RM Auctions/Sotheby's Ferrari Legend and Passion auction, held today at the Fiorano Circuit, was a stunning 1961 Ferrari California Spyder which once belonged to actor James Coburn. The car achieved an astonishing Euro 7,040,00 million, which is an all-time record for this model.

    This fantastic car, an evolution of the 250 GT Tour de France, is one of the best-loved 12-cylinders ever built: it has a total displacement of 2953 cc, punches out 280 hp and features 3 carburettors. It was styled by Pininfarina, who also designed the latest addition to the Ferrari range, which was revealed online just a few days ago and has been named the California in honour of this special car.

    The new Ferrari California, which will be officially unveiled at the Paris Show, is a 4,300 cc 8-cylinder model. Despite having been revealed online just a few days ago, it has also set a record of its own: the dedicated website, which features the model's engine sound and the first official photographs, received a massive 300,000 hits with over 2.5 million pages visited in its first week.

    Other stars of the auction included the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM which fetched in excess of 4.5 million euro and one of the 612 Scagliettis, fresh from the Magic India Discovery tour just a few weeks ago, which sold for Euro 220,000. The proceeds from the latter car will be donated to the Pune Centre for Learning Resources, an Indian foundation that provides schooling for children in disadvantaged areas.

    Ferrari memorabilia also proved irresistible to bidders: a F1 Pit race control assembly from the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship went under the hammer for just under Euro 50,000 while a complete series of 1949 to 2007 Ferrari annuals sold for over Euro 55,000. Kimi R�ikk�nen's race overall, which was also autographed, fetched over Euro 11,000. (Ferrari press release)
  10. I'd be completely happy with just that plain silver 250 GT Coupe that sold for like 200k
  11. #61 ajzahn, Jun 1, 2008
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    Talacrest involved in record deal

    John Collins was there to advise his client - Chris Evans - on the purchase of the most valuable car ever to be sold at auction worldwide - the gorgeous ex-James Coburn Ferrari 250 SWB California Spyder

  12. #62 kahmed79, Jun 19, 2008
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