The Four Horsemen:
Bonhams’ Ferrari Pininfarina Collection
“What are the Ferraris that one should collect?” I got asked by that type of question countless times over so many years for as far as I can remember, either by someone who was just curious or by a person who is planning a definitive stable of Maranello’s finest for his man cave. But rather than have me listing out the classic Ferrari models that a person should own in a lifetime (again), it may be better to sum it up by considering Bonhams’ sale of the “Ferrari Pininfarina Collection” starting this 18th of January in Scottsdale, Arizona. Not only does this quartet represent the quintessence of Ferrari during their respective periods, but each one has its own merits of being a “must-have” for any Ferrari collector in terms of condition, provenance, character and performance. Choose any one to add to your stable and you would not go wrong. Or better yet, you could consider securing them all at once at the auction—so that you won’t have to come back and ask me again about which one to buy!
1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider
Chassis 16473 is the 72nd car produced out of only 123 Daytona Spiders that were ever made originally from the factory. Delivered in 1973, this was a California car with a relatively low-mileage at a shade over 32,000 miles on the clock with a matching number engine and is Classiche certified. The car went through a ground-up restoration back in the ‘90s at Junior’s House of Color and maintained its Rosso Chiaro with Pelle Nera interior originality and became a show winner afterward.
1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS “Chairs and Flares”
Judging from the records given, this may represent the top end of Dino ownership during the auction. Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, chassis 08474 spent its life on the U.S. east coast in the hands of several owners with only 27,693 recorded miles driven during nearly 45 years. Aside from the low mileage, this Dino ticked all the boxes; a full optioned “Chairs and Flares” Targa-top car with upgraded Daytona seats and flared fender arches, air-conditioning, power windows and wider Compagnolo wheels. It is also a Classiche certified GTS where all of its originality has been meticulously reserved, from the Giallo Fly paint to the interior and chrome trims.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
It is hard to build a proper Ferrari collection without including the elegant 275 GTB/4 among them. One of Scaglietti’s finest coachbuilding works (many would say that it is right up there with the 250 GTO). Like the Dino this particular example was also delivered new to an east coast client by Luigi Chinetti Motors over fifty years ago with the original paintwork of Grigio Ferro and black interior. Aside from the switch to Giallo Fly during the ‘90s, everything else have been left as they were including of course the correct matching number legendary four-cam 3.3 Litre V12 and 6 Weber carbs and is Classiche certified.
1991 Ferrari F40
This may be one of most “lightly used” U.S.-spec F40s out there with only 2,428 original miles on the clock. The iconic supercar was serviced back in 2014 and aside from the Tubi exhausts (the original still exists and comes with the sale), everything else remained as they were when it left Maranello. These included the notoriously thin original Rosso Ferrari factory paint, wheels, interiors and even the factory decals. The original fitted-luggage set and their cotton bag covers are also included—which is crucial!
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