Sergio Scaglietti doesn’t need too much of an introduction in the eyes of Ferrari lovers. He started his work in 1951 when he opened Carrozzeria Scaglietti - an Italian automobile design and coachbuilding company. The coachbuilder was located just across the road from Ferrari in Maranello, where the great Enzo Ferrari took notice of the talented designer. Scaglietti was one of the few designers that gained Enzo Ferrari’s trust and respect both through his bodywork and design skills. Scaglietti of course started designing cars for Ferrari, and was even honored with a few cars named after him, such as the 612 Scaglietti and 456M GT Scaglietti .
"He was one of my father’s best friends," said Piero Ferrari. "He was next to me with Marco Piccinini also the day my father died and stayed with me the whole night until the funeral. I loved him and he was a very important part of my life. The world is emptier without Sergio."
After a lifetime of dedication to the designing of vehicles, Sergio Scaglietti passed away at his home in Modena. The world has undoubtedly lost an automotive icon. We have great respect for his work and send our condolences to his family.
On August 20th and 21st, 2011, one of the most legendary Ferraris of all time will go down to the auction block for the very first time. The auction will be hosted by Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. This particular Ferrari, a 1957 250 Testa Rossa, is expected to draw record numbers, solely because of its stature in the history of the Prancing Horse.
We know plenty about rare Ferraris fetching insane bids in past auctions, but this one is expected to trump all other models in the past. Over the past few years, Ferraris have posted record-breaking bids, including a 1961 Ferrari California Spyder that went for over $10 million back in 2008 and a 1958 Ferrari 250 TR that was scooped for a record $12.4 million a year later in 2009.
UPDATE 08/21/11: The numbers are in and just like we anticipated, this rare 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype attracted the heavyweight bidders at the Gooding & Company auction at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. We all expected it to sell higher than the $12.4 million price tag of another 250 Testa Rossa sold for two years ago and now we have the official price of the winning bid: $16.4 million.
Find out more about the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype after the jump.
By now, you’re probably familiar with the works of Swiss artist Dante. If you recall, he’s the guy that makes those obscenely expensive car sculptures that retail for about the same price as high-performance sports cars. One of his previous works - a wire sculpture of the Aston Martin DB5 - has already graced our pages before, which came with a price of £88,000, about $144,000 based on current exchange rates.
Now, the artist is back with his new creation and the third piece of his Iconic Sports Cars: a 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO sculpture that is scheduled to be revealed in Pebble Beach, California next month.
According to Dante, these sculptures are "my tribute to the men who made the original cars: they were artists."
There’s no telling how much this 24-karat 250 GTO is going to cost, but we expect it to retail for around the same price the aforementioned DB5 and the other sculpture, one featuring the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing , commanded when they hit the market.
The 24-karat Ferrari 250 GTO will be limited to only ten pieces and will be unveiled at the same time that Pebble Beach will be celebrating the real deal with an exhibit of the world’s remaining 250 GTOs.
"One of the most important reasons for my coming to Pebble Beach is the celebration of the Ferrari 250 GTO and the number of original cars being shown," said Dante. "It is my favorite car of all time.”
Chances are, you will never fly to the moon or become a billionaire. An even more unlikely scenario is to see an original Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale. To say the occurrence has a once in a blue moon chance is a bit of an understatement. That being said, get your checkbooks out and get ready to write down a number well into the 8-figures - but not yet.
The car up for sale is not a real 250 GTO Evocazione. Although the car is a real Ferrari, it started its life as a much more modest 330 GT . The owner then decided to mod the car to resemble a 250 GTO. And not just any GTO, the only right hand drive 4-liter V-12 model Ferrari made to compete at Le Mans.
The fact of the matter is that, although you are not getting a real 250 GTO, the replica is sure to make you just as happy as the real thing. Once in a lifetime will you ever see a real 250 GTO Evocazione up for sale, so for an astronomically lower price, you have the opportunity to own a piece of racing history.
The Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione replica is expected to fetch $377,000 - a far cry from the $18 million of the original - on September 25th at the Historics at Brooklands in England.
Gooding & Company has announced that a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione will be available for auction at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. The car is considered to be the most significant LWB California Spider ever built, so expect to see a very high price attached to this vehicle.
The California Spyder features a 508 D chassis, covered headlights, and the most powerful engine still fitted to a California Spider, a Tipo 168. These highlights are some of the main reasons this car has done so well in a number of events. It finished 5th overall at Sebring 12 Hours and has done well in the Bahamas Speed Week, many times with famous drivers including George Reed and Alan Connell behind the wheel.
In 1959 Ferrari unveiled a one-off 250 GT Tour de France specially designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This car took first in its class and third place overall at Le Mans and won the 1000km Nurburgring race as well. Since then the car has only been owned by a few collectors. Unbelievably, this particular car will now be going up for auction by Mecum in Monterey, California. This auction will take place during the Pebble Beach concours weekend on August 13, 2010.
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France, serial number 1321, is painted in the original red and orange livery with original racing number. It was built on a 2600 mm wheelbase and powered by a 3-liter version of the Colombo ’short-block’ V12 engine that delivered 240 hp. This appearance will be its first in over twenty years since its outing in Road America in the early ’90s.
What crisis? People say there is a monetary crisis all over the world, but if you take a look at the recent auctions made in the automotive industry, you’d be scratching your head about what the heck everyone was talking about. Just recently a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was sold for an amazing $30-$40 million, bringing it to the top of the list of the most expensive cars sold. Today we bring another piece of news like the Bugatti story: a 1963 Ferrari 20 GTO was sold by RM Auctions for an amazing $25 million. Not the most expensive car sold, but damn near close to it.
That’s not such a big surprise considering the 250 GTO is a very exclusive car. It was built between 1962 and 1964 and only 39 units were produced. It was powered by a V12 engine delivering an impressive 302 bhp at 7500 rpm. The 250 GTO is capable of making the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 174 mph.
Max Girado – R.M.’s Euro M.D. – said: "The exclusivity of Ferrari’s 250 GTO cannot be understated. As they rarely come to market, new owners become part of a very exclusive ‘club’ and are welcomed with open arms at literally any of the world’s great concours events, races, and rallies. We are pleased to have been able to unite this exceptional car with a new and immensely enthusiastic owner. It’s fantastic that this car will now be used in earnest on the classic car scene around Europe."
One of the rarest and most desirable Ferraris in the world, the 1963 250 GTO, is currently up for grabs from the folks at RM Auctions. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO is one of only 39 in the world and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever built by Ferrari, aside from being tremendously successful in competition, securing multiple World Championships for the Maranello based sports car builder.
According to Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, "The Ferrari GTO is unquestionably one of the most iconic and coveted cars in the world...This is truly a rare occasion for collectors to acquire such an important piece of automotive history and we are pleased to be chosen by [chassis number] 4675 GT’s current custodian to represent it on the open market." While the GTO originaly sold for $18,000 when new, an example of Ferrari’s first super has been valued at closer to $30 Million, however RM hasn’t given any leads as to what the asking price will be for this 250 GTO.
In 1962, at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the final model in the 250 GT series. Called 250 GT Berlinetta lusso, the new model has been produced between 1962 and 1964 with 350 units being produced. The car replaced the 250 GT Coupe, were designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti in Modena. Actor Steve McQueen is one of the famous car’s owners.
The 250 GT Berlinetta lusso was built on the short wheelbase of the earlier 250 GTs, but with a revised chassis and the engine moved slightly further forward providing additional interior room for the occupants.
A hit already among the 250 models, the single overhead camshaft, 60° V12 was once again used. For the 250 GT Berlinetta lusso the engine had a bore and stroke of 73mm x 58.8mm and delivered 250bhp at 7500rpm with a compression of 9.2:1. The engine was coupled with a 4-speed + reverse all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the rigid rear axle, for which two alternative ratios were available.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint was made in less than 7 seconds, while top speed went up to 150 mph.