Bonhams' Ferrari & Maserati Sale, Gstaad
December 2006

Bonhams' Ferrari & Maserati Sale, Gstaad

In its first year under new management, the entry requirements for Bonhams’ traditional Ferrari sale in Gstaad were loosened to allow Maserati as well: twelve of the 29 motor car Lots offered Sunday night bore the Trident rather than the Prancing Horse.

212-front  balroom-viewing 
Left: Not quite enough Sir…Ferrari 212.
Right: Feature Lots: Ferrari Monza and Maserati 151.

 Of those 29 car Lots, 20 were sold during the auction and one (a body) was withdrawn, for a 71.4% sale rate.

Dino-246GTS-viewing  Ferrari-bar 
Left: One-family owned Dino generated lots of interest.
Right: Tasteful...

The sale was headlined by the Maseratis previously in the Rosso Bianco Collection, acquired earlier this year by a close friend of Bonhams, and these five cars accounted for CHF.3,782,000 of the CHF.6,388,000 hammer price total. The most expensive Lot was a 1962 Maserati Tipo 151, sold to an Italian against strong underbidding from Southern Europe, at CHF.1,850,000 plus premium. The least expensive, a 1985 Maserati Biturbo, was sold to a university student borrowing his mother’s bidding paddle for CHF.4,000 plus premium. Only in Gstaad…

Lusso-viewing  P1010100 
Left: Lusso sold well.
Right: ex-Rosso Bianco cars headlined sale.

Here’s a flavour of what happened:

Lot Number
Motor Car
Hammer price (destination in brackets)
201
1974 Maserati Indy
CHF.58,000 (Belgian private)
Well viewed, an unusually nice example.
202
1985 Maserati Biturbo
CHF.4,000 (Swiss private)
Not many kids can say their first car was a Maserati…cheaper than the pedal car his mother bought him here 8 years ago!
203
1967 Ferrari 330GTC
CHF.182,000 (Swiss private)
Locally entered, unsold at Christie’s Retromobile 2005, attractive.
204
1962 Maserati Tipo 151 coupe
CHF.1,850,000 (Italian private)
Much admired, body incorrect but great presence and potential.
205
1990 Ferrari F40
CHF.330,000 (not sold)
Later wheels and books not available during viewing, but a tidy example.
206
1961 Maserati Tipo 63
CHF.640,000 (Italian private)
One bidder just hit reserve.
207
1960 Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet
CHF.420,000 (not sold)
Discovered pre-sale not to have original engine, which killed interest.
208
1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso
CHF.370,000 (telephone bidder)
Announced in catalogue not to have original engine, and sold well.
209
1969 Maserati Mistral Spyder
CHF.175,000 (Swiss private)
Lots of interest, eventually a Swiss collector outbid a Greek enthusiast.
210
1952 Ferrari 212 Export Coupe
CHF.980,000 (not sold)
Too many question marks for price being sought.
211
1977 Maserati Khamsin
CHF.68,000 (telephone bidder)
Lovely example which exceeded expectations.
212
1969 Ferrari Daytona Spyder (conv)
CHF.290,000 (telephone bidder)
Pity someone chopped an early plexi car, but well presented and sold.
213
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
CHF.200,000 (anonymous)
As new and not overpriced, but value going one way only.
214
1965 Maserati Tipo 65 Spyder
CHF.840,000 (Italian private)
Italy outbid Germany to own this one.
215
1995 Maserati Ghibli Cup
CHF.45,000 (Dutch private)
Spur-of-the-moment purchase by longstanding enthusiast.
216
1962 Maserati 3500 Spyder
CHF.210,000 (not sold)
Attractive but injection missing and with steel wheels.
217
1964 Maserati Tipo 151 bitsa
CHF.250,000 (UK private)