For most cars, once you sell them, that’s the end of the relationship. In the supercar world, that’s not necessarily the case. Over the last 18 years we have owned 16 Ferraris. Of the 16, 15 have gone off to be cherished, or inflict financial ruin, on new owners. Of about half of those 15, I am either aware of their current location, or have been in contact with the current owners. Here’s a short run down on what has happened to each Ferrari since we parted company.
The 1st Ferrari I was fortunate enough to own was a 1995 F355 GTS, SN 100952, purchased in 2002. The F355 GTS was traded in for a 550 Maranello at Ferrari Antwerp in 2005. I have never run across it again.
Ferrari #2 was a 1980 512BB, SN 33625, acquired in 2003. I sold the 512BB to a gentleman in Greenwich, Connecticut who imported it into the United States. I believe it then changed hands a few times before ended up for sale at the Ferrari dealer in San Diego late in 2020. Last I heard it had just been sold to a gentleman in Mexico.
Ferrari #3 was a 456GT, SN 99488. This was sold on consignment through Rardley Motors. I am pleased to say I have never heard of this demon seed of a Ferrari again.
Ferrari #4 was a 365GT4 BB, SN 18685. I sold this at Bonhams Goodwood Auction in 2006. I believe it changed hands several times in the UK before ending up with a gentleman who I was in contact with in 2019. It did appear at another Bonhams auction during its journey over the last 15 years, this time in Dec 2019. At that auction it was noted in the description of the extensive maintenance history that the engine and gearbox had been rebuilt for a second time. The first rebuild was back in 1996 at 32k miles with the second in 2014 at 40k miles (when I sold it in 2006 it had 39,700 miles on the odometer). While it does not appear that the car has been driven much in the last decade and a half, at least it has always been well maintained.
Ferrari #5, an early fiberglass 308 GTB, SN 18729. I kept the 308 GTB for about a year before selling it to a friend in the Netherlands. After bringing the 308 GTB along on a few epic road trips that we did together, he then sold it onto another friend in Switzerland a few years later. The second friend in this ownership chain still owns the 308 GTB and has done extensive work converting the car to full Michelotto Group B rally specs.
Ferrari #6, was a silver 550 Maranello, SN 119793, supplied by Ferrari Antwerp. While I only owned the 550 for about 6 months, I did get plenty of use out of it in that short period as we did two cross European road trips together. The 550 Maranello was traded into Eberlein Ferrari in Kassel when I acquired the F40. I have never come into contact with this 550 again.
Ferrari #7, is the F40 SN 93380. We still have the F40 and in fact it is the only Ferrari we currently own. For the latest on the F40: Resurrecting the F40.
Ferrari #8, was another 365GT4 BB, SN 18201. After a very brief life together, this 365GT4 BB departed to make way for the next Ferrari on the list, the F50. This cars journey post our parting has been a bit of an interesting one. I sold it to a buyer in the US who never took delivery of it but instead turned around and sold it via an auction in Monaco. The 365BB then ended up shortly thereafter in the inventory of Guikas GTC in the south of France. I believe Guikas had it for a couple of years before selling it on.
The F50, Ferrari #9, was SN 106635 acquired in 2007. We kept the F50 until we moved to the US in 2014. Since we parted company, the F50 has changed hands twice and I have been in contact with both owners. I know the current owner uses the F50 regularly and has taken great care of the car including sending it back to the factory for a bit of rolling restoration work. Since we parted I believe the F50 has had the honor of running in the Ferrari Tribute to the Targa Florio in Sicily and made a couple of trips to the Alps. As painful as it was to part with the F50, it is wonderful to know that it’s in good hands and being enjoyed as it should be.
Ferrari #10 was a 360 Modena, SN 125235. The 360 was the first time I had acquired a Ferrari with the intent to use it as my daily driver. I used the 360 as my daily driver for 2 ½ years. I only sold it when I moved to the UK. The next owner lived in France and I have not run across the car since.
Ferrari #11, was a 365GTB/4 Daytona SN 13343, was acquired as a project late in 2008. The Daytona was in need of a bare metal respray and extensive work on the body, brakes and suspension. All the work took about a year and then I kept it for another two. I sold it to a UK based dealer who bought it on behalf of a client. The Daytona then appeared in an auction at Historics in 2011 where it was a “no sale”. The Daytona then showed up at Techno Classica Essen 2012. I have not seen it since.
Ferrari #12, a 575M Maranello, SN 136324, was the second Ferrari I purchased as a daily driver. I kept it for about a year before trading it back to Carrs Ferrari in 2010. Carrs then immediately sold it onto Chris Harris, of Garage 59 (and Top Gear) fame. After Chris’ ownership I hadn’t heard anything about the 575 until yesterday when a gentleman contacted me via one of the car forums and said that his brother had just bought the car at a Silverstone Auction. Looking at the auction house pictures, it appears to still be in wonderful condition and has an additional 7,000 miles on the odometer. It was hammered down at £185,063 which is 3x what I sold it for just over a decade ago.
Ferrari #13 was a 612 Scaglietti, SN 141407. The 612 was another car that I sold to a friend who still has it to this day. This 612 has remained in great hands and I know he and his family use and enjoy the wonderful GT regularly.
Ferrari #14, a 430 Scuderia, SN 168655 was traded to McLaren London for our 1st 12C Spider. I believe it has changed hands several times since we traded it in, and I did hear from one of the subsequent owners who had the car for a couple of years. Apparently, it is still in great condition and has continued to be used regularly.
Ferrari #15 was a Scuderia Spider 16M, SN 168937. It landed on the driveway in late 2014 in conjunction with our move from the UK to Texas. The 16M was traded in for the McLaren 675LT Spider in 2016 and next appeared at a Ferrari dealer in Pennsylvania. They had it listed for sale for multiple years before it disappeared off their site. The next time I ran across the 16M it was listed for sale in late 2020 at an independent dealer in Texas with an additional 800 miles on the odometer. I bought it with around 2,000 miles on the odometer and added under one thousand during the two years that I owned the 16M. As this 16M is now over a decade old and has under 4,000 miles on the odometer, I’m afraid its fate is now to be a low mileage collector’s garage art.
Ferrari #16, a 599 GTB HGTE, SN 169885, arrived in late 2016. We kept it for a bit over 2 years. Originally, I planned to trade it in for a F12 but after the insultingly low offer from Boardwalk Ferrari, the plan changed and the 599 GTB HGTE was traded in for a McLaren 720S Coupe. I have no idea where the 599 GTB currently resides.
Looking back on the list, the Ferraris seem to fall into 4 general groups. Those that I sold to friends and then have stayed with friends, the iconic F50 with the profile that comes with a car of this stature, the 70’s Ferraris cars that seem to pass through different auction houses every few years, and the newer Ferraris that quietly move from one owner onto the next. Of the list, there are a few I regret selling and would like to own again. The F50 would be on the top of that list but given F50 values today, that is very unlikely to happen. The 430 Scuderia would probably come next. The 430 Scuderia is such a dialed in car and was always an event to drive. I would probably pass on all the older cars now. I’ve realized that I no longer have the patience to deal with all the inevitable issues and I no longer find 1970s brake technology that exciting to master. All in though, it been a wonderful ownership journey.
If anyone has any more information on the cars on this list, please let me know.
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