This Ferrari Is the Second Most Expensive Car Ever Purchased at Auction

  • Photo by Christian Martin
    1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti Photo by Christian Martin
  • Photo by Christian Martin
    1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti Photo by Christian Martin
  • Photo by Christian Martin
    1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti Photo by Christian Martin
  • Photo by Christian Martin
  • Photo by Christian Martin
  • Photo by Christian Martin

During the recent Artcurial Rétromobile Auction in Paris, a 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti (chassis No. 0674) sold for $35.6 million, which is the second highest price ever paid for a Ferrari—or any car—at auction. While early reports rumored that the soccer star Lionel Messi was the car’s buyer, more reputable reports indicate that it was actually purchased by an Ohio real estate developer already in possession of a sizable Ferrari collection.

One of only four produced, the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti features prominently in European racing lore with a premier provenance that has just become even more prestigious. Debuted at the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours race, the Prancing Horse placed sixth with Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant taking turns as driver. Two months later and with Wolfgang von Trips behind the wheel, the roadster finished second at the Mille Miglia—a race infamous for Alfonso de Portago’s crash in the same model that killed 11 people (including Portago and his navigator). Refit after the race with a 405 hp engine capable of producing a top speed of 186 mph, the car set a lap record at Le Mans in June of that year. After two more years of competition (and a first-place finish at the Cuba Grand Prix with drivers Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss), the famed Ferrari rolled through a series of owners that included, most recently, the quintessential collector Pierre Bardinon before his passing in 2012. (artcurial.com)

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