The illustrious Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari has produced some of the most legendary vehicles in motoring history. Ahead of RM Sotheby’s upcoming auctions in Arizona, Paris and Amelia Island, we look at three innovative examples that advanced design and captivated imaginations.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti. Estimate: $2,400,000–2,800,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s Arizona.
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By 1963, it had become increasingly apparent to Ferrari’s engineering team that the long-running and highly successful 250 GT series of road cars had reached the end of its development potential. Still wanting to maintain their tradition of dual-purpose sports/racing cars, Ferrari developed a replacement model: the 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta. Designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the 275 GTB was truly sporty by nature. Noted as the first Ferrari to feature an independent suspension on all four wheels, the Berlinetta also relocated the engine rearward, distributing the weight closer to the center and improving the cars handling. Its aggressive styling and mechanical refinement make it a beautiful addition to any collection of the finest modern sporting cars.
1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupé Aerodinamico by Pininfarina. Estimate: €3,000,000–€3,300,000. To be offered at RM Sotheby’s Paris.
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During the 1950s, Enzo Ferrari had come to realise that in order to continue the success of his racing program, he needed to be able to create, market and sell equally exceptional road cars. He introduced the 400 Superamerica at the Turin Motor Show in 1959, incorporating a number of changes from its predecessor, including the addition of a new Colombo short-block V-12 engine. This new Superamerica also benefitted from Dunlop disc brakes at all four corners and an overdrive that increased the top end ratio by 28 per cent. These changes markedly improved the car’s performance and road manners and brought its driving characteristics in line with the car’s outstanding level of luxury.
1980 Ferrari 512 BB. To be offered without reserve at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island.
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Designated ‘BB,’ short for ‘Berlinetta Boxer,’ referencing the car’s body style and horizontally-opposed 12-cylinder engine, Ferrari’s definitive road car of the 1970s and 1980s was once long, low and sleek with Pininfarina-penned lines and Scaglietti-executed bodywork over a lightweight tubular chassis. In 4.9-litre 512 BB form, the 12-cylinder engine was topped by a quartet of triple-choke Weber carburetors and produced 360 bhp. Performance was thrilling, with acceleration from rest to 100 km/h in the mid-five second range and a top speed of some 280 km/h. A highly original example, this 512 BB still boasts its original Nero interior and has only received one repaint in its original shade of Rosso Corsa, thought to have been performed during ownership by Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Ferragamo USA and youngest son of Salvatore Ferragamo.