Alloy Ferrari 275GTB due for Rétromobile sale
Ferrari 275GTB and Abba's BMW 635CSi represent opposite ends of an eclectic range to be offered by RM Sotheby's in February
An alloy-bodied long-nose Ferrari 275GTB is to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, at its Paris sale, held on 4 February 2018. The sale is to be held following Festival Automobile International, to coincide with the popular Rétromobile show.
Chassis no 8069 is one of just 60 alloy-bodied long nose Ferrari 275GTBs, and it’s a matching numbers car which benefits from over four decades of ownership from one conscientious owner.
The long-nose body was introduced at the same time as the updated four-cam version of Ferrari’s V12, making these among the most desirable of 1960s Ferraris. Scaglietti built both steel and alloy bodies for Ferrari; alloy bodies were an expensive option but reflected Ferrari’s racing heritage and reduced weight.
Fully restored in its original colour scheme of Argent Metallizato with Nero leather, it’s certified by Ferrari Classiche and is said to be one of the finest 275s to have been offered for auction. Its estimate of €2.4m-2.8m reflects its condition and rarity.
The last of five OSCA 2000S sports cars will join the Ferrari in the auction. OSCA was founded in 1947 by three of the Maserati brothers, following the end of their ten-year contracts with the man who had saved the firm which bore their names. The 2000S was a limited run sportscar, featuring cam-operated desmodromic valves in place of conventional valve springs.
Chassis no 2005, the car was bodied by Morelli and has won several events including the 1954 12 hours of Messina. Fully restored between 1999 and 2003, the car would suit road or track use and its rarity will ensure interest at auction. It is estimated at €875,000-975,000.
Less exotic is a 1977 BMW 633CSi originally owned by Polar Music; the record company which produced ABBA. The car was used when new by both Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, and is estimated at €25,000-35,000. It will be offered without reserve.
A full list of available vehicles will be published on the RM Sotheby's website. Vehicles are still being consigned.