Since 1970, Pierre Bardinon, a Ferrari collector, owned one of the rare1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scagliettis. Four of these cars were built between 1957-58. This is the Ferrari which won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix and came second in the ill-fated 1957 Mille Miglia, where a crash killed several spectators. Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn were two of the great drivers who spent many laps behind the wheel.
On Friday, February 5th, 2016, the car went up for grabs at the Retromobile auction in Paris France. Sources say Brian Ross, owner of Ross Development in Cortland, Ohio was the winner with a bid of 32.075 million Euros. At the current exchange rate (as of February 2016) that translates to $35.7 million.
“Photographs of this car appear in the most important books on the history of the marque. It is rare that a racing car of this caliber has such clear and direct history, without any uncertainty, and with a small number of owners. Such provenance, racing history and historical importance makes this one of the most important Ferrari in the history of motorsport,” – Artcurial Motorcars – Auctioners of the 335.
The world auction record is $38.1 million for a Ferrari GTO sold in August 2014 during Monterey Car Week in California. For private sales, the record remains $52 million, for a different Ferrari 250 GTO. In terms of European auction sale records, this Ferrari 335 now holds the title.
When it was debuted in 1957, the 335 was powered by a 4 litre V12 producing 390 horsepower at 7400rpm. It had an average speed of 120 miles per hour on the Lemans Circuit during the Lemans 24 hour race. The two-seater spider has a 4-speed transmission with a multi-plate clutch and drum brakes.