Although the Ferrari pool was looking a bit thin a month or two out, this year’s RM Sotheby’s Fort Lauderdale Auction surprised me with some exceptional late additions from the Prancing Horse.
(Main image courtesy of RM Sotheby’s)
And it wasn’t just Ferraris jumping in as auction weekend neared—a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing belonging to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine slipped into a headlining spot at the last minute. Although, full disclosure: I had to alert the organizers that the $1M+ Gullwing’s steering wheel had been knocked loose by an over-enthusiastic observer. Nothing should be hanging on by a thread in a seven-figure antique.
RM Sotheby’s is of course the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles and they always organize wonderful events. Preview day is an exciting chance to kick the tires (or shake loose the proverbial steering wheel) and get hands-on with a long list of dream cars. This year, the two-day auction generated in excess of $23.2 million in sales.
I enjoyed checking out what ended up being about 25 Ferraris from across the decades before they hit the auction block. Here were my highlights:
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari
Est. $3,200,000 – $3,500,000
This spectacular last-minute addition to the lineup sold for more than $3M! One of just 499 built, this low-mileage example of the ultimate hybrid hypercar has just 600 miles from new. The car is finished in Giallo Modena with Scuderia Ferrari door shields, a black roof, and stunning black leather interior with yellow accents and carbon fiber trim. I enjoyed showing everyone where the door handles were located.
2017 Ferrari F12tdf
Est. $925,000 – $1,100,000
One of just 799 worldwide, this fantastic example of the ultimate front-engine supercar is so much more imposing in person. In fact, I went ahead and popped the hood so everyone could appreciate the engine. It is finished in Bianco Avus over Rosso Ferrari leather with black inserts and has less than 900 miles on the odometer.
1990 Ferrari Testarossa
Est. $110,000 – $130,000
I still love the Testarossa. Three decades on, it refuses to be pulled into the present and insists on continuing to live in the future. Up close, you realize just how bold and sculptural those deep strakes across each door really are. This iconic final-year example features a 390 bhp, 5.0-liter horizontally opposed V-12 engine (known as a flat 12), five-speed manual transmission and is finished in Rosso Corsa with rare Black leather interior. Nearly 30 years old, it only showed 33,243 miles at time of cataloging.
2018 Ferrari GTC4Lusso 70th Anniversary
Est. $330,000 – $400,000
Beyond its obviously great performance thanks to a 681-hp, 6.3-liter V-12, this GTC4Lusso 70th Anniversary Edition is remarkable because of the extensive Tailor Made upgrades inside and out made to honor Ferrari’s history with Vignale. It has so many factory options that it cost $477,000 when new. Carefully chosen details such as Monte Carlo Satin Gold carpeting and Glossy Argento Nürburgring interior trim gently nod to the past, while chrome grille edges and polished 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires hint at the 212 Inter Vignale’s elegance.
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti
Est. $600,000 – $640,000
One thing that pictures don’t show you is how long the front of the Daytona is. The dramatic, swooping hood looks stretched and sharp, ready to cut through the air. Chassis 15419, built in July 1972, left the factory for the U.S. finished in Rosso Chiaro over Nero. It was delivered to Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, and has only had four owners since. When it debuted, the motoring press dubbed the supercar “Daytona” but the nickname didn’t stick with Ferrari. The Scaglietti-bodied 365 GTB/4 goes 0–60-mph in just 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph.
Rarities, Curiosities & Conversation-Starters
- Ferrari Pedal Car by American Retro (I almost bid on it for my kids)
- 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi – RMS made it very clear: “Unique chrome wrap; easily removed if desired” (didn’t sell)
- 1990 Riva Ferrari 32 – 1 of 40 Ferrari-branded Riva powerboats and a collaboration that involved Enzo himself. (Sold $63,250)
- 1986 Ferrari 412 – Max, the founder of ROSSOautomobili, would love to own this! (Sold $82,500)
- 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series by Pininfarina – This car looks ready to own any Citroën. (Sadly, this didn’t sell)
- 1985 Ferrari 308/288 GTO Replica – I ran over to this all excited and was so let down when I realized it’s a replica. To each their own, but replicas don’t make sense to me. (Surprisingly, it beat expectations and sold for $107,800)
I want to thank RM Sotheby’s for welcoming me as a member of the media and for organizing such a professional, hospitable event. It was so nice to see hundreds of people at preview day talking cars and checking out the inventory while friendly RMS staff roamed the floor ready to answer questions and help out. For a high-end car auction, they create a refreshing atmosphere. Can’t wait for next year.