The Mother Of All Ferrari Collections Has Come Up For Auction
Rare Ferraris are a staple at just about every car auction, whether you're on your way to Sothebys' Monterey Sale or popping down to your local classic car meet. But not all Ferraris are sold equal in 2019, and the wondrous sight you see before you – dubbed the Ming Collection by the aforementioned auction house – could be the most pristine single collection of Fezzas ever to come to the market at one point.
As part of Sotheby's famed Monterey Auction this year, this collection will come up for individual sale, with seven distinct, extremely well preserved Ferraris that best represent the Italian company's design ethos throughout the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
But one car stands as the centrepiece in a collection of centrepieces: the Ferrari FXX. A track-going edition of the famed Enzo, just 30 were made, all of which were lethally fast and exquisitely built. Ferrari have made cars like it since, most notably the track-bred LaFerrari hypercar, but few have managed to capture the savage side of the prancing horse in recent years quite like the FXX. Just 30 were made, all of which are extremely valuable, as you could imagine.
Surrounding the FXX lies a series of grailed ferraris from across the decades, each of them as flawless as the last. The 90s – perhaps Ferrari's most underrated era from a design point of view – are represented in an F40 and the F355 Spider, while the 80s get a shout out in the 512BBi and a 308GTSi. Lastly, the Millennials: A spotless Ferrari F430 F1 Spider and the modern classic 458 Spder.
Part of the collection's rarity and desirability comes in the sheer flawlessness of each car. Each model has been kept almost perfectly reserved in its Rosso Corsa paint work, and the F355 Spider has just 704 miles on the clock. The F40 has less than 2,000 and 512BBi still even has the factory plastic delivery film on the door seals.
Every car has a special place in the history of Ferrari. While the heritage of the FXX speaks for itself, cars like the 512BBi, F430 and 355 also command endless respect for the way they helped to shape Ferrari's overall brand direction.
The 308, F355 and F430 laid the groundwork for what would become Ferrari's supercar offering today, while the 512BBi, with its flat 12 engine would help define the company's push into fast Grand Tourers that today has culminated in the 812 Superfast.
Incredibly, five of the cars will go to auction with absolutely no reserve, giving potential collectors a rare chance to get their hands on some of the most well-preserved automotive relics ever to hit the market. You can check out the entire collection at Sothebys' website.