The multi-million motors of Monte Carlo
The most popular, desirable and valuable open-top road-going Ferrari, the 1968 275 GTS/4 NART Spider of the type eyed-up by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair is coming to public market in Monaco.
The last of the 10 NART Spiders, and the only one sold new in Europe, will headline the upcoming RM Sotheby’s sale at Le Sporting Monte Carlo during Historic Grand Prix weekend, when the North American auction house forecasts that the matching chassis and engine numbers 11057 could sell for €19-23million (£17-20million).
A long way behind in the Auction Prix will be a globally retro-event-eligible 1951 340 America Barchetta, the third of 23 chassis built and the second of eight bodied by Touring, that took part in the 1951 and 1952 24 Hours Le Mans, and which might clock €7.7-9 million (£5.8-7 million).
A slightly more back-on-planet-earth €2.4-2.8 million (£1.8-2.2 million) has been suggested for a 27,000km-from-new 1972 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, and €2.1-2.4 million (£1.6-1.9 million) for a recently restored 1967 330GTS.
A 1964 250GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, the 30th of 350 produced, has been pitched at €1.55-1.8 million (£1.2-1.4m), the same money as a very original 1996 275 GTS.
Group B expectations continue to be boosted