Friday, September 2, 2011

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long Nose - Preserved

by Mike -

This car was at the Gooding auction in Monterey in August. The estimate was $900,000 - $1,300,000 and the car sold for $1,540,000!

Gooding's description:

"Desirable Alloy-Bodied 275 GTB

Believed to Have Less than 60,000 Miles from New
Marvelous, Untouched Condition
Beautifully Preserved Paint, Interior and Engine Bay
Long-Term Ownership
Prime Candidate for Preservation Display
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
One of the Most Exciting 275 GTB Discoveries in Years"

What they call "Marvelous, Untouched Condition" I call very bad shape.

Here is a close up of the "Beautifully Preserved Paint".

There are two questions that come to my mind:

1) Will the new owner restore this car?

2) Restored or not will this prove to be a good investment?

The price guides show the following values for this car:

Hagerty Price Guide (No. 15, May-Aug 2011)

Condition 4: (they do not have a condition 5 in the book) - $850,000

Sports Car Market (mid-year 2011)

Low: $837,500

These price estimates are very close - I wonder if the new owner knows something that the price guide folks don't know since the actual price paid is nearly twice the price guide numbers. The price paid is higher than the Condition 1 price!

I just thought of a third question:

3) Is an unrestored, original car that is in very rough condition worth more than a car that has been restored correctly?

I wrote about other Ferraris at the Monterey auctions here.

Please share your comments with me and other readers.

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  2. Seeing this "beater" Ferrari at Pebble Beach brought forth a lot of contradictory thoughts, I have to say! It was cool seeing one that wasn't over-done and immaculate but at the same time...

  3. Stephen,

    I am glad that you commented. What is you opinion or answer to my question 3?

    3) Is an unrestored, original car that is in very rough condition worth more than a car that has been restored correctly?

  4. Interesting question and it is almost like asking if one prefers a blonde or redhead--it rather depends upon the mood of the moment.

    I have friends whose great joy is in the restoring of a car and therefore they would prefer the original, but would they place a higher value on it? Given the way your question is phrased--"restored correctly"--makes me say that the restored car has a greater value. Any car in very rough condition represents an expensive challenge regardless of how it will be used.

  5. Here in Europe we increasingly go for unrestored original condition. You can only restore a car once. After that it´s not original anymore....
    Restored correctly is very difficult to define..

  6. Gabriele,

    I know that European and US standards on restoration are different.

    I plan to write more on the subject of original vs restored in the near future.