Rare 1957 Ferrari 335 S Being Auctioned for Seven-Figure Sum

Ferrari 335S 6 photos
Photo: Artcurial
1957 Ferrari 335S1957 Ferrari 335S1957 Ferrari 335S1957 Ferrari 335S1957 Ferrari 335S
Artcurial Motorcars is auctioning, at its 2016 Salon Retromobile, an exceptional 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, driven by the greatest drivers of its era, including a World Champion.
In the 1950s, one of the greatest race in the world was undoubtedly the Mille Miglia. It was the arena were the most prestigious car manufacturers fought each other and drivers became legends, known and adored by the entire globe.

The 335 S represented one of Ferrari's most iconic cars and was built with a single purpose in mind: to defend its colors in this legendary race in front of Maserati and Mercedes-Benz. Its engine, with four-cam, double ignition and four-choke carburetors represented some of the most advanced engineering of its day.

The car for sale is chassis number 0674, which left the workshops at the start of 1957. Bodied as a Barchetta by Scaglietti, it originally had a four-cam 3.8-liter V12 Tipo 140 engine, and was one of the Ferrari factory 315S. After competing at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1957, the car was given to Wolfgang von Trips to compete at the Mille Miglia, who, after a very tough race, managed to finish 2nd.

Immediately after the race, the car’s engine was increased from 3.8 liters to 4.1 liters and entered the Le Mans 24 Hours. On the 30th lap, it broke the record for the average lap speed by recording 203.015 km/h (126.1 mph), but the team had to retire due to an engine problem.

The factory then sent the car to the Swedish Grand Prix, which it finished in the fourth position. The 335S went back to Maranello where its face was modified to help cool the brakes more efficiently for the upcoming race, the Venezuelan Grand Prix. The result of this race brought the Prancing Horse the Constructors’ World Championship title.

The last modification the car suffered was the 335 S Tipo 141 engine, which the factory mounted before the vehicle was sold to Luigi Chinetti, the Ferrari importer based in New York. The vehicle took part in the Cuban Grand Prix in 1958 and was driven by Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss, who won the race. The last recorded race entry was on December 7, 1958, at the Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau, where chassis 0674 was forced to retire, according to Artcurial.

The expected price for this pristine piece of automotive history is somewhere between $30 and $34 million, and it has the potential to become the most expensive car ever sold at an auction.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories