At $35.7M, This 1957 Ferrari 335 S Came Close to Breaking the World Record for a Car Auction

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A 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti fetched $35.7 million at Artcurial’s Retromobile auction in Paris on February 5, meaning it fell just short of setting a world record for the sale of a car at auction. Well, at least in U.S. dollars. It gets a little confusing with the exchange rates, because the 335S Spider Scaglietti actually did break the world record if priced in euro.

The ’57-built Ferrari has an excellent pedigree deserving of its price tag. The 335S Spider Scaglietti was first featured in the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours with Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant behind the wheel. Later that year Wolfgang von Trips placed second in the Mille Miglia. The car was also driven by Mike Hawthorn in the 24 Heures du Mans, when he set the fastest lap record in the history of the event at a speed over 124 mph.

The 335S Spider also ran in the Venezuela Grand Prix, the Swedish Grand Prix in 1957, and even the Cuba Grand Prix in 1958 with racing icon Sir Sterling Moss winning that race behind the wheel.

Adding to its prominence is the fact that this rarity was once part of the portfolio of famous Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon. The collection was regarded as the most important collection of Ferraris in the world, with Enzo Ferrari himself singing its praises.

Regardless of euros or dollars, this Ferrari is truly a car worthy of grabbing a top-end price thanks to its spectacular history and meticulous upkeep as part of such a prestigious collection. Meanwhile the record for most expensive car sold at auction continues to be held by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38,115,000 in 2014..

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