Ferrari Center Stage At Villa Erba


17 Prancing Horse cars built since 1950 going under hammer

Anticipation is building for the RM Auctions and Sotheby’s sale at the stunning Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como. The event takes place in association with the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, a regular date in the diaries of all Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts.


The big draws. There are a total of 40 cars in the catalogue for the May 23 auction. Seventeen are Ferraris and several of those are expected to fetch extremely high prices indeed. One of the most valuable cars going under the hammer is sure to be the 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. Initially sold to a Florence-based client, it later went to a Californian owner and then a Japanese one before ending up back in America.


In the hands of Formula 1 driver and Arrows team founder, Jackie Oliver, the car also won various regularity trials. A figure of between 11 and 13 million is expected to change hands for the spectacular 1961 250 GT SWB California Spider.


It makes a return to Lake Como where it won the Concours d’Elegance in 2013 after the Ferrari Classiche department restored it to its original condition. The 1961 car is one of just 16 examples built with open headlights and, until just a couple of months ago, was on show in the California Dreaming exhibition at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.

GTO_1985_1-1920x1080_MVCVVJWinner at Pergusa. The 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta, which enjoyed a superb sporting career, is expected to make at least six million euro also. Purchased by Sicilian Luigi Bordonaro di Chiaramonte specifically for competition, it triumphed in its maiden race, the 1952 Corsa al Monte Pellegrino, a hillclimb it would go on to win twice more.


In August of the same year, Bordonaro also won the Circuito della Cravatta at Pergusa and the following year took victory in the scenic Corsa dei Templi near Agrigento as well as several hillclimbs, including the Coppa Nissena, which remains the first round of the Italian Hillclimb Championship. In 1955, the car was sold to Swiss owner Edouard Margairaz who won the Verbois Hillclimb in it. It was then purchased by a California who retired it from racing and kept it as a collectors’ and exhibition car. It won a whole plethora of prizes on American soil, in fact. Sale prices of over a million euro are expected also for a 1950 195 Inter Berlinetta, a 1960 250 GT Cabriolet Serie II, a 1963 250 GT/L Berlinetta “Lusso”, a 1985 288 GTO and a 1996 F50.


The others. Amongst the other nine Ferrari stars of the Villa Erba auction on May 23 are also a 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, a model that set the benchmark for designers for almost a decade, a 1991 F40 and a 2002 Enzo.