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Ferrari sets new world record for classic car sold at auction

Published 08 February 2016

A 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti has become the most expensive car ever sold at auction, fetching £24.7m at a sale in Paris. The car, which is from the legendary Pierre Bardinon collection, sold at Artcurial’s sale at Retromobile on Friday, 5 February.

Matthieu Lamoure, Artcurial managing director, said, ‘This exceptional Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti (chassis 0674) has achieved the highest auction price in international history (in euros and sterling), here in France, the home of the automobile, and in Paris, the world’s capital for collectors’ cars during the winter season.’

The car left the workshops at the start of 1957, fitted with a striking Scaglietti body – essential for a racing car. In March of that year it was entered by Scuderia Ferrari for the Sebring 12 Hours, driven by Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant, and finished sixth.

However, the Italians were more focused on the Mille Miglia in May, when the best teams and the most experienced drivers would go head to head over 1600km of roads without a break. Ferrari lined up four cars, including chassis 0674, which was given to Wolfgang von Trips, who finished second behind the Piero Taruffi’s Ferrari.

For the 24 Heures du Mans, the car was given to Mike Hawthorn and Luigi Musso. Hawthorn took the lead in front of the Maserati and Jaguars and set the first lap record in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours of over 200 km/h (203.015 km/h average speed), but unfortunately the car retired in the fifth hour with mechanical problems.

On 24 February of that year, with Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss at the wheel, the car won the Cuba Grand Prix. During the 1958 season, it participated successfully in various American races driven by Gaston Andrey and Lance Reventlow (creator of the famous Scarab), before being sold to Robert N. Dusek in 1960, an architect living in Pennsylvania.

Following its time in American, the car was brought to France in 1970. The American architect sold it to Pierre Bardinon, the astute collector who over the years assembled some 50 factory Ferraris comprising the most successful and iconic models in the history of the marque.

Based near Aubusson, his collection is considered to be one of the most important, in terms of Ferrari. Kept as part Pierre Bardinon’s private collection for over 40 years, the car has been used and maintained regularly and was presented in excellent condition.

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