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“7.8 million is a bit short! »: disillusionment for this Ferrari at auction at Rétromobile!

Every year, at Rétromobile, Artcurial organizes an auction of exceptional cars. However, the star of the sale was unable to find a buyer despite a bid of 7.8 million euros.

Retromobile is one of the largest exhibitions of vintage cars in Europe. Every year, this show is more and more popular and the Artcurial house is not for nothing. Indeed, a auction is organized every year during the show. Dozens of exceptional models are gathered on the stand d’Artcurialmodels which are all offered for sale.

The program of this sale

This 2024 edition is not free from exception models. On the old car side, there are Mercedes (300 SL coupe, 300 SL roadster), Ferrari (275 GTB, 250 GT, 250 GT Lusso, 250 GT California) or even a BMW M1 Procar which are all estimated at more than a million euros.
However, you also have modern cars like a 2021 Ford GT, a McLaren Speedtail, a McLaren Senna, a McLaren P1 or even a Lamborghini Sian all esteemed there too above a million euros.
Cars that we are sure will all interest buyers around the world. We reassure you, it is not only models that are estimated at millions of euros. On the program for this sale, you have, among other things, a Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6l estimated at a minimum of €25,000 or even a sublime Lancia Fulvia 1600 HF Luxury from 1972 estimated at a minimum of €30,000.
However, despite all these exceptional cars, there remains a car considered to be the star of sale of Artcurial during this Rétromobile 2024. Small clue, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful convertible in automobile history.

“€7,800,000 is a bit short! »

Some may have guessed, this star is the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB. LWB which means “Long Wheelbase”, large wheelbase in French. This Ferrari was purchased new in California on October 8, 1958 by agent Ferrari of Hollywood. At that time it was red with black leather interior. After being sold many times, 2018, she receives a complete renovation in the Joe Macari workshop from London which is very famous. It was notably during this renovation that this 250 GT California received its blue paint and beige leather interior. She also received the coveted “ Red Book Ferrari Classiche » in which it is indicated that only the gearbox is not original, but that it corresponds to the correct model. It is all these qualities that pushed the Artcurial house to estimate this Ferrari between 8.5 and 11.5 million euros.
But this sublime 250 GT California Spyder LWB Did not sell! Indeed, if the auction started at 6 million euros, it rose in two minutes to 7.8 million euros. But it did not evolve after that. After reminders made by Matthieu Lamoure, the director of Artcurial Motorcars who is leading the sale, the latter concluded the sale at this auction. However, the reserve price has not been reached. Matthieu Lamoure then spoke to the seller by telephone who was on the line with the buyer. He concluded by stating: “ Tell your customer it’s a little short ».

It is therefore not at Rétromobile that this magnificent Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB will be sold, even after an auction of 7.8 million euros.

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