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MARKET: Looking Ahead To Monaco

Ferrari 250 SWB

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The heavy hitters roll in for a triple-header of heavyweight auctions in Monaco this week. Here's your round up of the key players.

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Artcurial kick things off on Thursday with 44 cars led by two stellar Ferraris.

Firstly, a 1962 250 SWB. A Classiche certified car that was displayed at the 1962 New York Auto Show and was involved in a terrible accident, estimated at €8,500,000 - €12,000,000. Anything above €10,009,000 would be a new world record for a base 250 SWB.

Continuing the Ferrari theme, the twelfth LWB California Spyder to be built is estimated at (€7,000,000 - €10,000,000). If the top end of the estimate is reached it'll be world record money (excluding Competizione cars).

Bonhams step up on Friday offering 50 cars ranging from a Smart Fortwo (€5,000 - €8,000) through to a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe re-bodied by Drogo in period (€2,500,000 - €3,000,000).

If you're after something a bit more modern, Mika Häkkinen is selling his McLaren P1. One of only seven Validation Prototype cars it's estimated at €1,500,000 - €2,000,000, included in the price is a one-day driving/racing instruction by the man himself. Interestingly Mr Häkkinen also currently has his McLaren Speedtail up for sale with Kidston...

RM Sotheby's close out proceedings with a two-day sale across Friday and Saturday. Whilst much has been made of Jody Sheckter's Collection going under the hammer, its two rally cars that have caught our eye.

Firstly, the 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC 5.0 'Rallyewagen' estimated at €800,000 - €1,000,000. It's an ex-MB works rally car - one of only seven built. A strong CV is headed by the car helping Swedish rally ace Björn Waldegård on his way to win the 1979 World Rally Drivers' Championship.

Finally, a 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Rally that we've noticed RM have sold previously for €770,000 in 2020. Four years on the estimate has climbed to €800,000 - €1,000,000. Lancia saw the highest price rise of any marque last year so let's see how this fares.


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