Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tops RM Sotheby’s London Sale

By Paul Joseph

A London car auction by RM Sotheby’s generated over £16 million in sales earlier this week.

The auction saw Ferraris continue to prove their blue-chip credentials in the market, claiming the top three sales spots of the evening. Top honours went to a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, which received £4.7 million.

Other notable Ferrari sales included a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso' (£1.2m) and a 1992 Ferrari F40 (£845,600).

The sale’s cover car - the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta – is one of the first of just 36 250 GT LWB TdFs built with the desirable single-louvre body style and covered headlamps.

“The market is seeing that real quality is still commanding strong money, and it doesn’t come much better than the Ferrari 250 Tour de France,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe.

“To achieve in excess of £16.6 million in sales demonstrates that the market still has a lot to offer, and RM Sotheby’s is definitely leading the way. We welcomed bidders from 26 countries, of which 23 percent were new clients to RM Sotheby’s.”

Another sale worthy of mention was the 1964 Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder, which was sold new to British screen icon, Diana Dors, who had fallen in love with it whilst visiting the 1964 Earls Court Motor Show car.

As one of only 20 right-hand-drive Spyders built, the Mistral is extremely rare and was presented in fully restored condition. It was therefore no surprise that it made a £526,400, a world record for a Maserati Mistral sold at auction.

By Paul Joseph