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Ferrari 400 Superamerica set to make £2.5m at auction

Published 20 January 2016

A 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica will head RM Sotheby’s sale at Retromobile, Paris, next month. The LWB Coupe Aerodinamico is expected to fetch up to £2.5m when it goes under the hammer at the historic Place Vauban on 3 February.

Chassis number 3931 SA was the first of 18 Series II long-wheelbase examples. It was completed in 1962 and quickly taken to London where it was unveiled at the Earls Court motor show. It is finished is Grigio Argento with a Nero interior – it’s original colour combination.

Other stars at the auction include a BMW 507 Roadster. The 1957 Series II boasts some upgrades but retains the original Rudge wheels. It also has its original hardtop, books and toolbox – it’s estimated to fetch up to £1.7m.

Also for sale is a freshly-restored 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este Coupé by Touring. The 6C 2500 is known to be a landmark car, being the first road-going Alfa Romeo capable of reaching 160km/h (99mph).

1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500

1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS could make £698,000.

The Villa d’Este variant, which was named so after the Touring coachwork won the Concorso d’Eleganza in Lake Como. The example on offer, finished in deep blue with contrasting interior, is significant as one of just 36 built and the last handmade Alfa Romeo (estimate £698,000).

Another Alfa at the auction a Giulia Tubolare Zagato (TZ), built in 1965. First introduced at the 1963 FISA Monza Cup, TZs competed in the most important races of the era – from Sebring, Le Mans, Targa Florio and the Nürburgring – seeing class wins and podium finishes. Named for its tubular space-frame chassis and iconic aluminium Zagato coachwork, it’s believed that only 100 examples were built between 1963 and 1967.

Chassis no. AR10511 750087 is one of these, and was campaigned at the Nürburgring 1000km, the Grand Prix of Mugello as well as at the Hockenheim Ring. With just two owners in the last 32 years, this well-cared-for example is a unique and very rare Alfa Romeo icon (estimate £930,000).

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