23/05/2024
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During the Monterey Car Week, numerous vintage Ferrari cars, once considered scrap metal, burnt out, or deemed no longer drivable, were sold at astonishingly high prices.

To be precise, an individual purchased a Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I, devoid of an engine and reduced to scrap metal, for a staggering sum of 1.9 million USD (equivalent to over 45 billion VND). Surprisingly, a severely damaged Ferrari 365 GT, appearing as though it had been crushed by a toppled tree and left neglected for an extended period, fetched a six-figure price. Another deformed Ferrari 330 GT found a buyer willing to pay $180,000 for its peculiar shape.

Ferrari car tires rarely rust and rot like a pile of scrap metal.  Photo: RM Sotheby's.
Ferrari car tires rarely rust and rot like a pile of scrap metal. Photo: RM Sotheby’s.

The condition of these cars ranges from low to extremely low quality, and without the Ferrari badge, some of them may not have any value at all. Therefore, it is perplexing as to why these “heaps of scrap iron” continue to be sold at exorbitant prices.

To begin with, it is worth noting that these classic cars are extremely scarce. A mere 36 examples of the Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II were manufactured, priced at an impressive $180,000. This particular vehicle came onto the market in 1976, boasting the unique and uncommon inclusion of electric windows, a feature that was quite rare during that era.

Pininfarina completed the exterior of the Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale, which is owned by King Mohammed V of Morocco, making it one of four cars with this distinction.

The 0406 MD chassis is one that savvy brand enthusiasts won't miss.  Photo: RM Sotheby's.
The 0406 MD chassis is one that savvy brand enthusiasts won’t miss. Photo: RM Sotheby’s.

The number of original engines, gearboxes, and chassis is a significant determinant of an antique Ferrari car’s high price. This ensures that if the car is restored by Ferrari Classiche or an authorized third party, it will maintain its value as an authentic Ferrari. This is particularly valuable for rare or historically significant cars.

Furthermore, the reputation and iconic identity associated with the Ferrari brand further enhance the value of their classic automobiles. With a rich history of triumphs in the sports car racing domain, Ferrari vehicles are highly sought-after due to their exceptional quality and distinctive designs.