In January 2019, a major auto auction took place in the Arizona city of Scottsdale. As part of the event, which lasted a whole week, many rare cars were sold under the hammer. Below we offer you to familiarize yourself with the ten most expensive lots.
10. Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe 1952
In tenth place is the Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe. At one time, the copy put up for auction was shown to the general public, first at the 1952 Paris Motor Show, and then at the 1953 Brussels Motor Show.
In the same year, this car took part in the 1000 km Nürburgring race, taking 9th place in its class. At the auction, the car was sold for 1,930,000 dollars, which was largely due to the excellent technical condition of the lot, which was restored in 2012 by the efforts of the Ferrari Classiche Department specialists.
9. Ferrari 330 GTS Spider 1967
At one time, only 100 copies of the Ferrari 330 GTS Spider were produced, while the car sold at the Scottsdale auction is 71st in a row. The previous owners handled this rare two-door car with great care, having driven 33,750 km.
This copy of the Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder is equipped with a factory air conditioner, which was once offered for the model as an option, and also has a Ferrari Classiche2 certificate, confirming that it retains the original engine and transmission. All this made it possible to sell the car under the hammer for $ 2,012,500.
8. 2020 Toyota Supra Coupe
Another novelty sold under the hammer was the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. Again, the very first copy of the model was put up for auction, on the engine cover of which the executive director of Toyota Akio Toyoda signed.
As a result, the sports car went under the hammer for quite a respectable 2,100,000 dollars, while the buyer, in addition to the car itself, also received a VIP package.
The latter includes a racing suit and a pair of VIP tickets for the NASCAR Cup 2019 in Richmond, after which the owner of the very first Supra will be able to ride with ex-racer Michael Waltrip.
7. Ford GT Heritage Coupe 2019
Despite the dominance of “Italians”, models of American companies were also presented at the auction in Scottsdale 2019. The most interesting of them turned out to be the Ford GT Heritage Edition, built in honor of the legendary GT40. Of course, the car of the nineteenth year does not represent any historical value, but the bidders were interested in the car.
The very first copy of the modification in the series was put up for auction. Rick Hendrick, who owns the American racing team “Hendrick Motorsports”, was lucky to become its owner, while his bank account “improved” by $ 2,500,000.
6. Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe 1985
Another Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe was sold at the Scottsdale auction. It was put up for auction by the Gooding Company. All these years, the rare supercar was carefully stored and practically not used, thanks to which it was sold for $ 2,507,500.
5. Maserati A6G 2000 Spider 1951
In turn, Bonhams put up for auction a 1951 Maserati A6G 2000 Spider. Good technical condition and rarity made this lot desirable for many collectors, as a result of which the price of the car reached $ 2,755,000.
Along with the car, the buyer received a set of documents, including the original invoice dated May 17, 1951, as well as a set of tools, six spark plugs and five 16-inch wheels with Pirelli tires.
4. Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe 1985
RM Sotheby’s has brought a rare Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe to Scottsdale. This model is a limited edition supercar, which at one time was released in a limited edition of 272 copies.
This particular car attracted the attention of the auction participants with a low mileage (about 4,700 km), as well as an ideal technical condition, which made it possible to sell it for $ 3,360,000.
3. Ferrari 250 MM Spider 1953
In the 50s, the Italians produced 12 examples of the Ferrari 250 MM Spider, built on the legendary 250 MM chassis. This particular car ended up in the hands of Jaguar dealer Alfred Momo.
Subsequently, the spider participated in many racing races, while retaining the original chassis, engine and transmission, as a result of which such a car went under the hammer for $ 5,395,000.
2. Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe 1958
Another notable lot of the auction was the Ferrari 250 GT TdF Coupe, built in honor of the legendary Tour de France bicycle race. This modification was produced from 1956 to 1959, while at the auction in Scottsdale the 19th built copy (out of 36) went under the hammer. The car was sold for $ 5,890,000.
This red and white sports car has a rich sporting history. At one time, the finished car was delivered to Venezuela, and from 1958 to 1960, such racers as Julio Pola, Ettore Chimeri and Jose Miguel Galia managed to drive the two-door.
1. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe 1963
The Gooding Company has brought a rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe to the Scottsdale auction. At one time, only 96 copies of such a model were released, so it is not surprising that increased attention was riveted to this lot. As a result of fierce bargaining, such a machine went under the hammer for $ 7,595,000.