Conner Golden | Photography by RM Auctions RM Auctions, Artcurial Motorcars
Remember that 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti (335 S) that had a fighting chance to take the title of most expensive car sold at auction? Well, it almost did, with auction house Artcurial dropping the hammer at a monumental $35.7 million, including house fees.
Last month, we took an in-depth look at the 335 S, which crossed the block at Artcurial’s Retromobile sale in Paris. As we noted earlier, this 335 S had a precedent set in fall 2015, when a closely related 1956 Ferrari 290 MM saw a sale of $28 million at auction. The 290 MM is essentially the predecessor to the 335 S in question, and was initially purpose-built for the grueling Mille Miglia race in Italy.
When compared side-by-side with the 290 MM, the 1957 335 S carried a hefty amount of additional pedigree, with a more extensive racing history, celebrity race drivers, and well-documented past. Because of this, the 335 S was in the unique position to see a world-record sale price. In the end, it took home a little over $7 million compared to its 290 MM sibling.
While the $35.7 million price tag falls short of the $38 million set by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in 2014, the 335 S claims the most-expensive title for sale value in Euros and Pounds Sterling.