DUBAI:

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

A leg­endary 1950s Fer­rari has fetched a world record ?32 mil­lion ($35 mil­lion) at auc­tion, go­ing un­der the ham­mer in Paris. Ap­plause broke out af­ter the ham­mer came down on the bid­ding for the 1957 335 S Spi­der Scagli­etti at the Artcu­rial auc­tion house just off the Champs-El­y­sees. In a sale that gen­er­ated in­ter­est from around the world, the race car fetched ?28 mil­lion plus pre­mi­ums and taxes tak­ing the over­all price to just over ?32 mil­lion. The Spi­der - which beat the record set in 2014 when a 1962 Fer­rari 250 GTO sold for what was the equiv­a­lent of ?28.9 mil­lion - fin­ished sixth in the Se­bring 12 Hours race in 1957 and se­cond in the Mille Miglia 1,000-mile (1,600-kilo­me­tre) road race in Italy. There­after the car was re­turned to the fac­tory to have its en­gine size boosted from 3.6 to 4.1-litres - boost­ing power from 360 to 400 horse­power, al­low­ing a top speed of 300 kilo­me­tres an hour (186 mph). The Fer­rari en­abled the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer to win the Con­struc­tors' World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 1957. The iden­tity of the pur­chaser of the Spi­der was not re­vealed fol­low­ing Fri­day's deal but is US-based, ac­cord­ing to Matthieu Lamoure, di­rec­tor gen­eral of Artcu­rial mo­tor­cars. "Clearly, we won't soon for­get," Lamoure told jour­nal­ists af­ter the ham­mer came down on the record sale, bid­ding hav­ing started at? 20 mil­lion. The sleek ma­chine had be­longed to the fam­ily col­lec­tion of late French rac­ing driver Pierre Bardi­non, who died in 2012. Leg­endary Bri­tish driver Mike Hawthorn drove the Spi­der in the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1957.

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