The Ferrari 335 is up for sale at the Artcurial Motorcars auction in Paris on February 5 and is predicted to hit $34m.
Calling all lottery winners and dot.com billionaires, another challenger for the title of ‘world’s most expensive car’ has emerged with a real chance of taking the crown. Artcurial Motorcars will be holding a car auction in Paris on February 5th and among the lots is a Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti, estimated to sell for an astonishing $34,745,600.
The 1957 Ferrari would need to sell for more than the estimate if it’s to become the most expensive car ever sold at auction, as the current leader is a Ferrari 250 GTO which sold for $38,115,000 in 2014. However it’s not uncommon for cars like this to sell for vastly over the estimated price so we could be looking at a new champ. And a very pretty one at that.
Beneath the impossibly curvy bodywork designed by Scaglietti , the Ferrari 335 Sport is an out-and-out racer with a 3.8-litre V12 engine. This particular car’s first race was the Sebring 12 Hours where it eventually finished in 6th place before heading to the Mille Miglia where Wolfgang von Trips drove it to second place behind another Ferrari.
After this, the engine was enlarged to 4.1-litres back at Maranello and the car began competing again, setting a lap record at Le Mans with a driver pairing of Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Musso. The rest of the car’s history is long but detailed and is responsible for its huge estimated price.
Should this car achieve the asking price, it will shoot into second place on the most expensive cars sold at auction list. This is a list dominated by Ferrari – in fact, there’s only one other manufacturer represented in the top 10. Every car in the top 10 was sold after 2013, showing a huge increase in interest in classic cars as investments.
Artcurial Motorcars hasn’t rested on its laurels with the rest of the Paris auction either. Many of the other cars available are hugely valuable and drool-worthy in their own right.
Among the highlights are a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, which could sell for as much as $13m. Smaller budget? You should look at the 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport or the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible. Both are estimate to reach around $1,600,000. Or if you simply must have a Ferrari, you could check out the 1960 250 GT cabriolet Pininfarina. It’s estimate to barely scrape $2m.