A 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione sold for $7 million to top the results in the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection 2021 auction held at Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
Five Ferraris sold for over a million dollars each at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection 2021 sale at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France. The top results were for a racing 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione that achieved $6,961,633 while a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina achieved $4,970,000. A 1976 Renault-Alpine A442 that raced twice at Le Mans sold for a very strong $2,535,080 while the 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C that once belonged to Johnny Haliday sold for a model record $2,032,000.
Guikas Collection Sale 2021
RM Sotheby’s held a special one-off sale at the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France on 19 November 2021. This sale consisted of one of Europe’s most important single-owner car collections — the 75 racing and roadgoing cars in the Guikas collection.
The sale earned €39,532,700 ($44,508,000) from 87 lots including cars, parts, and memorabilia. All cars were offered without reserve.
Top Ten Results at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Auction 2021
The ten most expensive cars sold at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection sale were:
|Year||Car||Price ($)||Price (€)|
|1||1955||Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione||6,961,633||6,192,500|
|2||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I||4,969,684||4,420,625|
|3||2005||Ferrari 575 GTC||2,977,735||2,648,750|
|5||1965||Ferrari 275 GTB||2,411,652||2,142,500|
|6||1981||Ferrari 512 BB/LM||2,221,702||1,973,750|
|7||1965||Iso Grifo A3/C||2,031,753||1,805,000|
|8||1975||Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’||1,018,690||905,000|
|9||1933||Delage D8 S Cabriolet||955,374||848,750|
|10||1933||Jaguar XJ220 C LM||929,883||826,250|
NOTE: Auction held in euro, results including premium.
Million-Dollar Results at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Sale 2021
Eight cars sold for over a million dollars each in the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection auction held at the Paul Ricard Circuit:
Million-Dollar Ferraris from the Guikas Collection
Five of the eight cars sold for over a million dollars in the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection 2021 sale were Ferraris:
The 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione, chassis no. 0385 GT, was the most expensive car sold from the Guikas Collection Displayed at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, chassis 0385 GT was clothed in special one-off bodywork, similar to the 375 MM Berlinettas of the period and what clearly became a prototype for the first series of Ferrari 250 GT LWB ‘Tour de France’ GT cars. Offered with full Ferrari Classiche certification, this historic car presented a rare opportunity to acquire one of the great 1950s GT prototypes and brought €6,192,500, the sixth-highest result achieved at public auction in 2021.
The second highest result in the Guikas auction was the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina, the 23rd of only 40 examples produced and a car originally supplied new to Italy. One of the few examples to retain its matching-numbers engine, gearbox, and rear axle, this timeless Ferrari cabriolet was offered in beautiful, restored condition, boasting an extensive history file documenting the car’s provenance, and deserved its €4,420,625 selling price.
Rounding off an all-Ferrari top three, was the 2005 Ferrari 575 GTC, chassis 2224, one of 12 Ferrari 575 GTC examples made between 2003 and 2005. Significantly, chassis 2224 is considered to be the very last, V-12 race car built by the Ferrari factory and is a car that boasts an extensive competition history over the 2005/6 seasons. It achieved €2,648,750.
The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis no. 07765, achieved €2,142,500 — slightly below expectations. This 275 GTB was purchased new by Count Frédéric Chandon de Brailles, heir to the Moet et Chandon champagne empire. It was subsequently sold in 1967 to Claude Bouscary who then fitted the car with six carburetors and won the 1967 French GT Championship. This Ferrari Classiche certified, matching numbers example, is presented in its original Bleu with tobacco interior and equipped with a complete spare racing engine and gearbox.
The 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM, chassis no. 35529, was the 20th of 25 especially rare 512 BB/LM competition cars produced. It was fitted with one-off bodywork designed by engineers commissioned by Fabrizio Violati’s famous racing team, Bellancauto. Raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981 and 1984, chassis 35529 set the highest speed ever achieved by a 512 BB/LM, at over 200mph. Other notable successes include the class win at the 1000km Monza and 6 Hours of Pergusa in 1981 and the 1000km of Mugello in 1982.
Other Million Dollar Results at the RM Sotheby’s Guikas Collection Sale 2021
The 1976 Renault-Alpine A442 was one of just four ever produced and one of three raced at Le Mans in 1978, the first year Renault won the prestigious 24 Hours race. It also participated in Le Mans the previous year. The Renault Alpine was raced in period at Imola, Le Mans, Monza, and Mosport. It was displayed in the Musee de l’Automobiliste in Mougins, France, for over 25 years and is the only one owned outside Renault.
The 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C, chassis no. B 0209, is a highly desirable ‘riveted’ Grifo A3/C and the eighth of only 10 such examples built, the car in question has a strong place in French popular culture for having been owned by Jean-Philippe Smet, aka French icon, Johnny Hallyday. This well-known and important Iso Grifo has recently been repainted in its original dark red exterior and still retains its carefully preserved original interior. This outstanding car made €1,805,000, a world record for the model.
Being one of only 157 desirable LP400 ‘Periscopio’ examples made, the stunning black 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ by Bertone attracted significant pre-sale interest. A desirable early example with adjustable suspension and lightweight mechanical components, this exotic 70s supercar brought €905,000 — just over a million dollar.