Of all the very Top Lots to come to public auction, more than 50% are Ferraris, and most of those most are variants of the 250, produced during the 1950’s and early 1960’s.
The Ferrari 250, with its a race-bred V12 engine, appeared in a wide variety of body styles: coupé, berlinetta and cabriolet.
This was the era of hand made coachbuilding.
Ferrari built the chassis, then the bodies were crafted by Italy’s finest carrozzerie like Scaglietti and Pininfarina.
Race-prepared 250s, like the Testa Rossa and the GTO, brought Ferrari unprecedented success on the track.
And as victories added up, the world’s most glamorous people lined up for sports cars that was not just at the very far leading edge of motoring technology, but had Movie-star looks to rival performance.
But there is a rarer car and it is the Series 1 Cabriolet by Pininfarina, the car pictured here, it could just be the best of the lot.
This is 1 of 40 examples built, and 1 of just 11 complete “matching numbers” cars.
Compare it with pictures of the California, and yes they are both absolutely gorgeous, but the subtly more curvy Pininfarina are extra lovely.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina is Lot 95 in the Artcurial Rétromobile sale in Paris Friday, 9 February 2018. Estimate €7,000,0000 – €9,000,000; artcurial.com
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