Vintage car lovers, eat your heart out! The first major classic car show of the year, the Retromobile Paris Auto Show commences on February 3. The 5-day annual event is always highly anticipated. The 40th edition of the show will feature a wide range of vintage and classic cars, but none of them have set the buzz going as much as the 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti. The car is predicted to sell at a whopping $34 million!
Why does this Ferrari command such a premium price? The factory racing Ferraris’ of the 50’s are now the stuff that auto legends are made of. Their domination in World Supercar Sport, circuit and street races make them hot property amongst collectors. The 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti is just one of the four 335s models built. This acclaimed car was driven to victory by British Formula 1 driver Sir Stirling Moss at the Cuba Grand Prix of 1958.
This particular 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti, chassis 0674, left Ferrari’s Maranello factory at the beginning of 1957. The 335S had a 3.8 litre V12 engine and a Barachetta body by Carozzeria Scaglietti. Chassi 0674 was returned to the factory where a more powerful, 4.1 litre engine was fitted. With the new engine that produced almost 400 hp, British Formula 1 Champion Mike Hawtorn set a lap record during the Le Mans 24 hours race. He broke the then seemingly impossible barrier of 200 kmph, averaging just over 203 kmph (126 mph).
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Chassis 0674 was retired from racing at the end of 1958 . It finally ended up in the hands of the collector Pierre Bardinon who built up an unrivaled collection of racing Ferraris. The Frenchman died in 2012 and the car is sold directly from his estate.
At the Bonhams Quail Lodge Sail event just over eighteen months ago, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO fetched just over $38 million. With appreciation for Ferraris from the golden era of racing on the rise, the estimate of $34 million for the 335S puts it close to the record of $38 million. There would be no surprises if it is surpassed.
UPDATE: The 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti was sold at a staggering $35.8 million. The car cannot be driven on the streets as it is not registered and would be too loud. The sale is fresh proof that Ferrari auctions are going stratospheric. There seems to be a particular penchant for late 1950s and 1960s models, seen as hailing back to the golden age of motor racing.
Check out our gallery for more images of the 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti.