Car aficionados across the world are known for shelling out millions in auctions and sales to buy some of the most iconic classic cars. Despite of their ardent passion for such vintage machines, you might think there is a limit to how much one can spend on these classic cars. Shattering such beliefs, a legendary 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti has recently fetched €32 million, setting a whole new world record at a Paris auction.
This classic Ferrari race car was auctioned at the Artcurial auction house just off the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Applause broke out after the hammer came down on the bidding for the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, which now holds the record for being the world's most expensive racing car sold at auction. In a sale that generated interest from around the world, the race car fetched €28 million plus premiums and taxes taking the overall price to just over €32 million. The car beats the record set in 2014 when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for what was the equivalent of €28.9 million
Coming to the iconic car itself, this particular 1957 Ferrari has been driven by the some British motor racers of the 1950s. The Spider finished sixth in the Sebring 12 Hours race in 1957 and second in the Mille Miglia 1,000 - mile road race in Italy. Legendary British driver Mike Hawthorn drove the Spider in the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1957. Later on the car returned to the factory to get its engine size boosted from 3.6 to 4.1-litres boosting power from 360 to 400 horsepower, allowing a top speed of 300 kilometres an hour. The Ferrari enabled the Italian manufacturer to win the Constructors' World Championship title in 1957.
While the identity of the new owner of this legendary Spider is still at large, following Friday's deal Matthieu Lamoure, director general of Artcurial motorcars has revealed that it is a US-based buyer. Sadly though, the buyer will not be able to use the vehicle on the roads as it was designed purely for racing. Earlier the car had belonged to the family collection of late French racing driver Pierre Bardinon, who died in 2012.