The illustrious Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari has produced some of the most legendary vehicles in motoring history. For this week’s Ferrari Friday, we selected three impressive and rare lots that were sold in RM Sotheby’s Arizona and Paris auctions.
2004 Ferrari Enzo. Sold for €1,568,000 at RM Sotheby's Paris.
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Countless hours were spent to achieve perfection in the Enzo, allowing for the ideal balance of downforce and top speed. An all-new V-12 engine was specially developed for this new car, and prolific use of carbon fibre ensured that it would be as light as possible. Needless to say, the car’s performance was incredible. With 660 horsepower on tap, it could reach 60 mph from a stop in just 3.6 seconds, leading to a top speed of 218 mph. Even more incredible was that it could grind to a halt from 80 mph in just 188 feet. The present car, which only has 2,500 kilometres on its odometer, was built with a handful of special features, including satellite navigation, a Bose stereo system, a reversing camera, power windows and a rear spoiler in carbon fibre with ‘Enzo script.’ With Ferrari Classiche certification, this is perhaps the most exclusive Enzo available today.
1997 Ferrari F50. Sold for €1,275,000 at RM Sotheby's Paris.
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Also Ferrari Classiche certified, the car shown here is the 266th of only 349 examples produced. The goal of Ferrari’s F50, which was built on the culmination of four years of development and fifty years of success in motorsport, was to offer customers an experience as close to a Formula 1 car as possible but on a road-legal platform. The interior of the F50 featured few creature comforts, as Ferrari wanted the driver to fully concentrate on handling the most powerful machine to ever leave their factory (the F50’s top speed was purportedly 325 km/h, and the 0–100 km/h dash required just 3.7 seconds). The F50 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic vehicles created in the 1990s, as it celebrates 50 years of Ferrari’s continuous development and integration of road and racing technology.
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina. Sold for $1,650,000 at RM Sotheby's Arizona.
ROBIN ADAMS ©2015 COURTESY OF RM SOTHEBY'S.
Often overlooked for the more aggressive California Spiders, the 250 GT Series II Cabriolet is a wonderful car in its own right – stately, sophisticated and full of character. Intended for a different customer and style of driving, the 250 GT Cabriolet was not developed to channel the emotions and driving style of Ferrari’s thoroughbred racers. This was a true gentleman’s Ferrari, designed for high-speed touring in comfort. With a spacious boot that could hold more than enough luggage for two for a long-weekend trip, this was the ideal car for travelling the California coast or South of France. The present car is the 98th of 200 examples produced and was recently restored in its original colour combination, bringing it to an award-winning standard.