The only officially produced Ferrari Testarossa Spider is to be sold at Artcurial’s February Retromobile auction
Artcurial has announced a few of its early highlights for next year’s Retromobile auction, taking place on 5 February, including a one-off Ferrari Testarossa Spider, 1963 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta as well as a Vantage-spec Aston Martin DB4. Following from a spectacular sale at the beginning of 2015, Artcurial is already looking to raise the stakes for 2016.
The Testarossa Spider stands out immediately as something particularly special. Although Pininfarinia produced a few conversions, this was the only convertible Testarossa officially sanctioned by Ferrari. It was built for Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli, who owned and enjoyed a number of special cars.
Special features include a solid silver prancing horse Ferrari badge on the front of the car, as well as a special silver paintjob. Agnelli had a fascination with silver cars, with the silver theme stemming from the ‘Ag’ part of his family name. The car is fitted with a retractable white fabric hood. The stand-out feature when compared to the various other Spider conversions, Agnelli’s version was fitted with a special slatted engine cover. It’s estimated to sell for €680,000-€900,000.
Although not quite matching the barnfind California Spider that sold for €16.3m for initial impact, the 1963 250GT SWB Berlinetta offered at the 2016 sale is arguably just as significant. Estimated to sell for €9m-€12m, this 250 was the last ever SWB Berlinetta to be built, and it will be the first time it has been offered on the open market. Offered in great condition, the matching numbers example has been in a Swiss collection since 1989.
The final note-worthy classic to mention is a 1961 Aton Martin DB4, with an estimate of €450,000-€550,000. Sold new in France, the DB4 returned to the factory in 1962 for a new three-carburettor Vantage-spec engine and GT-spec dashboard instruments.