Bonhams : Ferrari Frontrunners at Bonhams Zoute Sale
Ferrari Frontrunners at Bonhams Zoute Sale

Italian Horsepower Leads the Field at the Knokke-Zoute Auction

A desirable 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy 'long nose' is the front runner of a string of thoroughbred 'prancing horses' being offered for sale at the forthcoming Bonhams Zoute Sale held at the Zoute Grand Prix event on Friday 11 October.

One of only 60 'long-nosed' examples produced with an alloy body, this car, chassis no 08061, finished in 'rosso chiaro' with blue interior, was previously owned for some 10 years by Gregory Noblet, son of Ferrari works driver and 'gentleman racer' Pierre Noblet, who, together with Jean Guichet, was on the podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1962 (3rd) and 1963 (2nd) in a 250 GTO.

Noblet Junior enjoyed similar success with the 275 GTB in historic racing motor sports events, picking up various podium finishes in the Biennial Le Mans Classic. The car also led the 50th anniversary 250 GTO Tour, the only 275 GTB to be invited to this celebrated event.

In 2014, the Ferrari was sold to the current vendor who commissioned a €250,000 'bare metal' restoration by UK-based GTO Engineering. The 275 GTB is Ferrari Classiche certified and comes with its 'Ferrari Red Book' and FIA historic passport, as well as two boxes of spares and original parts. Estimate is on request.

Other Ferrari favourites under starters orders in Bonhams auction include:

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet. Estimate € 1,200,000 - 1,600,000.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet
The 250 was the first volume-produced Ferrari road car and the most successful of the marque's models of its time, with 900 units produced, of which 200 were Pininfarina-penned Series II Cabriolets.

This Belgian car, originally finished in 'Grigio Argento', was sold new to Belgian industrialist and racing driver Jean Blaton, by friend and official Belgian Ferrari importer Jacques Swaters. Racing under the name of 'Beurlys', Blaton drove a succession of Ferraris over a 10-year period in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, gaining a podium place on nearly every outing, including a second overall finish in the 1963 edition at the wheel of a 250 GTO, when he won the GT Class for Swaters' racing team Écurie Francorchamps.

A personal friend of Enzo Ferrari, Blaton's special request to incorporate bespoke large side vents in the front wings was naturally accommodated by Pininfarina. Estimate € 1,200,000 - 1,600,000.

2004 Ferrari Enzo
A pristine example of only 400 'instant classic' supercars named in honour of the Maranello marque's founder. Created hot on the heels of the Ferrari Grand Prix team winning its first World Driver's Championship for 21 years in 2000, the Enzo introduced a wealth of Formula 1-derived technology, with input from World Champion Michael Schumacher, including carbon-ceramic disc brakes – a first for a production road car.

Delivered new to Andorra, this particular Enzo has covered fewer than 27,000 kilometres from new by its one and only owner. Estimate € 1,300,000 - 1,600,000.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Coupé
The Bonhams Zoute Sale is also offering the Coupé version of the Ferrari 250 GT Series II – a 1960 car with royal provenance, built to the special order of its first owner, Prince Charles of Belgium, brother of King Leopold III and Regent from 1944 to 1950. The Prince's regal specification included a handle in the dashboard, flag holder in the bumper, and black headlining and natural leather trim to complement its original colour scheme of Marrone Testa de Moro. Estimate €550,000 – 750,000.

Further highlights of this year's sale offering important collectors' cars include:

1930 O.M. Type 665 Superba Supercharged Roadster
This rare Vintage-era Italian sports car, with coachwork by Zagato, was delivered new to Piero Dusio, former Juventus soccer player and motor racing enthusiast, who later formed the Cisitalia sports and racing car brand. Dusio campaigned this O.M. sportscar in the 1930 Mille Miglia, completing the course in 21 hours, 10 minutes, 26 seconds. Since being purchased by the current vendor, the O.M. has competed in the Mille Miglia Storica (rerun) nine times, more than 70 years later. Estimate €1,200,000 – 1,500,000.

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
Another sportscar which is eligible for the Mille Miglia Storica is this exceptional early example of one of the fastest roadsters of its time. Finished shortly after the model's debut at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show, the Bonhams-offered car was delivered new to Cannes, fittingly for a car beloved of the 1950s 'jet set'. The 300 SL stayed in France until 2006 when it was purchased by the current vendor, a Germany-based 300 SL specialist, who undertook a concours-standard restoration. Just 7000 kilometres have been covered since its completion. Estimate €950,000 – 1,150,000.

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
A perennial favourite of The Zoute Sale, the Cobra is considered one of the all-time classic sports cars, twinning European craftsmanship with American 'muscle'. One of only 1000 Cobras built, this 1964 example is powered by the desirable '289' 4.7-litre V8 engine. With its original colour of Guardsman blue, red Connolly leather interior, complemented by chrome wire wheels, the car was completely restored in the late 1980s by Motion Products. Owned by its current vendor in Holland since 1998, the car is listed in the World Registry of Cobras & GT40s. Estimate € 800,000 – 1,100,000.

The Bonhams Zoute Sale takes place on Friday 11 October at 17.30 at the Place Albert in Knokke Le Zoute, with viewing from 10.00 to 17.00 on Thursday 10 October and on the sale day itself.

Entry to the sale is by invitation or with the purchase of a hard copy catalogue. To view the online catalogue, visit: www.bonhams.com/zoute

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