Ferrari 335 S Spider racer sells for €32.1m at Artcurial auction in Paris becoming the most expensive car ever sold at a European auction.
An incredibly rare Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti has just sold for €32.1m (including premium and taxes) to become the most expensive car ever sold at auction - in euros and pound sterling prices anyway.
Offered by Artcurial at the 5 February Retromobile auction in Paris, the car is close to the overall record price, however due to current exchange rates, the 35.7m US Dollar price doesn’t quite match the $38.1m raised for the most-expensive car - a Ferrari 250 GTO - in Carmel.
Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars declared, as the car left the stage: ‘This exceptional Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti #0674 has achieved the highest auction price in international history (in euros and sterling), here in France, the home of the automobile, and in Paris, the world’s capital for collectors’ cars during the winter season. My team and I are very proud to have put Artcurial Motorcars on the top step of the podium for auction houses worldwide! Our hard work, which has been rigorous and extensive, has been rewarded at the highest level. We would like to thank sellers for their continued support. Vive Paris, vive l’Automobile, vive Artcurial Motorcars!’
The car was owned by Frenchman Pierre Bardinon, an eccentric collector who owned an example of just about every important Ferrari from the marque’s first three decades (and many more besides). He was well known for regularly smoking the tyres of them all, and his estate was at one point home to over 70 historic Ferraris. Those that didn’t feature in local hillclimbs were routinely heard blasting around Bardinon’s private 3km circuit.
Among the crown jewels that remained in his possession until his death in 2012 was the car pictured here, the 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti, chassis 0674 – and no wonder. Raced in period by the likes of Mike Hawthorn and Sir Stirling Moss (the former’s efforts helped Ferrari to clinch the World Constructors’ Title in 1957, while the latter drove the car to victory in the 1958 Cuban GP following Fangio’s kidnap), 0674 was a special machine even by Enzo’s standards – as ferocious as it was beautiful.
The car was completed in early ’57 and was initially powered by a 3.8-litre Tipo 140 V12, but was uprated following that year’s Mille Miglia (at which it finished second) to displace 4.1-litres and hurl out close to 400bhp. All that delicious power was enjoyed by Bardinon from 1970, but will now be bestowed on a new owner following this record sale.