Next month RM Auctions’ eagerly-awaited biennial event in Monaco returns, and will see a number of high-profile Ferraris go under the hammer including a Formula 1 car raced by Michael Schumacher on his way to Formula 1 World Championship victory in 2000.
Yes, one of the cars that helped Ferrari secure its first driver’s title in 21 years.
Stretching over two days, the Monaco auction will offer up some of the most storied production and race cars in the world for the well-heeled collectors and enthusiasts expected to attend.
The F1 car is the F1-2000 with chassis number 204 and is one of only eight produced in total. It was the one least used during actual racing, accruing only 700 miles during its 18 months of testing, qualifying and racing. It was used by Schumacher in the 2000 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix but was retired during the race following contact with a rival car.
Purchased by the current owner in 2006, the F1-2000 was restored to peak operating condition in 2008 by the Ferrari factory, a process that cost nearly $200,000, as reflected by receipts that accompany the car’s documentation. This work included outfitting the car with a proper Tipo 049 engine, which has since been driven only around 300 miles.
1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider - Image courtesy RM AuctionsEnlarge Photo
Another highlight of the collection is a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider. Bearing chassis number 0680 MDTR, the 320-horsepower V-12 race car is one of only two ever built by Ferrari and comes with all the documents to prove its authenticity. It was bought new by famed racing driver and pioneering American Ferrari importer John von Neumann and has enjoyed single ownership in California for over 30 years.
1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder - Image courtesy RM AuctionsEnlarge Photo
One particularly exciting Ferrari going under the hammer is this rare 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder by Carrozzeria Sports Cars. It is one of just 18 examples ever built and comes with full Ferrari Classiche certification. Dubbed the Dino 206 S, the car was powered by the development of the 65 degree V-6 engine that had been conceived by Dino Ferrari, prior to his death in June 1956.
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta - Image courtesy RM AuctionsEnlarge Photo
Another car worth mentioning is a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta. Rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful GT cars ever created, the 250 GT/L was the final iteration of Ferrari’s celebrated 250 series. Popularly known as the Lusso (Italian for “luxury”), the new car debuted at the 1962 Paris Auto Show and drew instant acclaim for its curvaceous and perfectly proportioned Pininfarina design, which was hand built at Sergio Scaglietti’s workshop in Modena. The version up for sale is number 347 out of a total 350 produced.
Other classic models included in the auction is a 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spyder Corsa by Carrozzeria Fontana, a 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider by Pinin Farina, and a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder.
The auction takes place on May 11 and 12 at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Admission to the event requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for 100 euros (approximately $130), which admits two and must be presented at the entrance to be granted entry. In the meantime, head over to the RM Auctions website
for a detailed write-up on each of the cars being offered for sale.