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Preview: Artcurial classic car auction, Paris, 7 February

Published 07 October 2013

Artcurial has this fabulous 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast S1 Pininfarina as its star lot for its Retromobile sale, held in Paris on 7 February 2014. The car, which is presented in its original Blu Chiaro livery, is the fourth of 36 built and was the most expensive road-going Ferrari of its day.

The car appeared on Pininfarina's stand at both the Paris and Turin Motor Shows in 1964, and is a fantastic opportunity to buy an example of a car that was once owned by Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran, Johnnie von Neumann, Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, Greek shipping tycoon Peter Livanos and film star Peter Sellers. This one was bought by Mrs Licia Viglia from Naples in November 1964, and featured in the 1965 Ferrari Yearbook.

The Superfast remained in Italy until 1970 when it was exported to the US and bought by Joe Vittoria, future head of Avis Rental cars. Apart from a three-year stay in the UK, it remained in the US for more than 30 years before returning to Europe. The current owner acquired the car at the Poulain-Le Fur auction in Paris in February 2006.

It was extensively restored in Germany at 57,000km and has been certified by Ferrari Classiche, and currently still has less than 60,000km (40,000 miles) on the clock today. Artcurial estimates that this one will sell for €1,500,000-1,800,000. Given that Bonhams sold one with similar mileage for £852,700 including premium at its July 2013 sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it's a good bet that this one will reach Artcurial's estimate, especially given its motor show provenance.

More at Artcurial's website.



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