Astonishing Barn Find: Spectacular Ferrari Collection Will be Sold at Monterey This August

In a sensational discovery that captivates the imagination, a truly exceptional barn find takes the spotlight, boasting a collection of twenty rare Ferrari automobiles. Bucking the trend, not a single American rust bucket can be found among these magnificent European sports cars. This meticulously curated assortment, consisting solely of Ferraris, has been assembled by the renowned auction house, RM Sotheby’s.

Soon, during the esteemed Car Week event in Monterey, California, this prestigious gathering of Prancing Horses will go under the hammer, drawing the attention of avid automobile enthusiasts from around the world. Anticipate encountering extraordinary rarities that once graced the world’s most renowned racetracks, as this Ferrari collection bears the distinguished mark of the esteemed auction house.

The captivating narrative of this unique collection begins with an unexpected twist. In 2004, the powerful hurricane Charley unleashed its wrath upon Florida, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Amidst the chaos, a barn housing these rare automobiles, which had been stored since 1990, fell victim to the devastating storm. Severely battered and weathered, the cars found a new haven in an Indianapolis warehouse, safeguarded from prying eyes for the past nineteen years, known only to a select group of privileged connoisseurs.

True aficionados of automotive excellence are well aware that vintage Ferraris rarely grace the roads without an extraordinary tale to share. The cars comprising this remarkable collection are no exception, each boasting a fascinating history. Some have enthralled royalty, serving as exhilarating pastimes for illustrious heads of state. Others have unleashed their full-throttle power along the oil-soaked, high-octane banks of legendary racetracks.

Among the unparalleled gems in this once-in-a-lifetime selection, one particular masterpiece stands out—a Pinin Farina-built 1956 250 GT Coupe, one of only four in existence. Adorned with exquisite Superamerica-style coachwork, this prestigious automobile was originally commissioned by King Mohamed V of Morocco. Remarkably, it still retains its original three-liter V12 engine. Astoundingly, experts estimate its value to fall within the impressive range of $1,700,000 to $2,300,000, as it prepares to embark on a new chapter with its future owner.

Among the treasures emerging from this hurricane-born barn find is a 1978 Ferrari 512 BB Competizione, a testament to the endurance and speed of Ferrari’s racing legacy. This remarkable vehicle roared down the iconic Mulsanne straight at Le Mans in that very year. Dressed in race number 87, it was one of three cars proudly representing Luigi Chinetti’s esteemed team at the legendary French endurance race.

Luigi Chinetti, a former Alfa Romeo racing driver and three-time Le Mans champion, oversaw the meticulous preparation of three 512 Berlinetta-Boxer cars at the Ferrari factory to meet the rigorous demands of the race. Impressively, this particular vehicle completed 19 grueling hours of the 24-hour French motoring ordeal. With a short list of only two private owners in its history, this former racing marvel is estimated to be valued between $1,800,000 and $2,800,000. Detailed accounts of the captivating stories behind the other eighteen auction stars can be found At Here

“While a select group of Ferrari collectors knew about the existence of these extraordinary cars, the rest of the world remained unaware. This represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for enthusiasts to acquire these iconic Ferraris, some of which have participated in renowned races. Most of these lost Ferraris remain untouched, preserving their purity and original condition since the day they were acquired—a true embodiment of the ‘barn find’ concept. It is the first time that RM Sotheby’s has presented a barn find collection of this magnitude to the market,” says Rob Myers, CEO of RM Sotheby’s.

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