Vintage ex-Works Ferrari 625 Targa Florio to Auction at Monaco
The rare roadster is expected to fetch $5.5 to 8-M at auction next month in Monaco.
There were only 3 examples of the 625 Targa Florio ever built. And this 1-off is the last remaining example in the world.
Set to go under the hammer at the upcoming Bonham’s Monaco sale is a 1953 Ferrari 625 Targa Florio, a 2-seater roadster with wonderful racing provenance .
Originally, the Targa Florio was hand-built by Carrozzeria Vignale as a coupe. Enzo Ferrari was not impressed with the result, so he had Vignale turn it into a roadster.
Then it was sent to Scaglietti to modify the body again and fit it with a smaller grille.
While Ferrari is best known for producing V8, V12, and occasionally V6-powered cars the engine powering the Targa Florio is a fitted with a 4 cylinder F2 Lampredi engine.
At its heart is a 2.5-liter DOHC inline-4 originally designed by Aurelio Lampredi for F2 racing, an engine that allowed the car to enter some worlds’s most grueling road races.
The Ferrari 625 Targa Florio competed in events like the Grand Prix dell’Autodromo at Monza and the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, while notable racer Mike Hawthorn drove it, Mr. Hawthorn became the 1st British F1 champion, also Umberto Maglioli, winner of the 1954 Carrera Panamericana drove this car.
This 625TF is famous for competing in the Mille Miglia 4X: 1984, 1986, 1989 and 1990.
The car made its last public appearance in Y 2006 at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
Since retiring from official Ferrari racing, it disappeared and then in 1974 it was discovered in a scrapyard in Naples.
Since then, the car has had 2 major restorations: one just before its 1st appearance in the 1984 Mille Miglia, and another in Y 2006 by Carrozzeria Nova Rinascente.
This is a vintage Ferrari racing car par excellence, as it is ex-works, driven by 1 of the most celebrated British racing drivers of all time, and fastidiously restored.
“It is eligible for the most glamorous and exciting motoring events across the globe.” Bonhams expects the rare roadster to fetch between $5.5 – 8-M when it goes under the hammer on 11 May.
That sounds to me like a low estimate for this classic ex-Works Ferrari, as it is the last remaining example in the world.
For more information see the catalogue at Bonhams.