Every hardcore petrolhead has at least one favourite classic car, mine for instance is the absolutely stunning Jaguar E-Type. However as any real petrolhead will no doubt know, there are three main categories of classic cars out there, they are (1) the classic everyday drivers (Ford Capri, Triumph Spitfire), (2) the more desirable, more expensive classic car (Plymouth Superbird, Ferrari F40, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL) and finally (3) the extremely rare and extremely expensive classic car (Bugatti Atlantic, Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, Bentley 4.1/2 litre). Seeing all three categories of classic cars together in one place at one time is not something one has the pleasure of seeing often, however it is not unheard of and there are specific events that incorporate all three categories, events like the various Concours d’Elegance’ which are held annually.
According to a New York Times article, the four top Concoursd’Elegance events in the United States are the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Louis Vuitton Classic Concours d’Elegance. As any classic car enthusiast will no doubt know, just a few weeks ago the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event took place (8 March – 10 March, 2019) and as expected, some of the world’s rarest and most expensive classic automobiles were on display. However, one particular vehicle caught our attention and in my opinion the vehicle in question is one of the most beautiful automobiles ever made. Any guesses what it is?
Ladies and gentlemen the vehicle in question is none other than the absolutely stunning 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti. If you know a thing or two about Ferrari, then you will no doubt know that the beautiful Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti is a sports racing car which was designed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and produced by Italian exotic auto manufacturer Ferrari for just one year, from 1957 – 1958. Even though the Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti was produced for a full year, Ferrari only managed to produce four examples of the gorgeous 335S Spider Scaglietti, therefore they are extremely rare and extremely desirable amongst the worlds uber rich car collectors today and this comes as no surprise to us.
However, the vehicle featured in this article which is a 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti was present at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and it managed to claim the highly coveted Concours d’Sport award. This particular 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti has a fascinating motorsport history which began all the way back in 1957. In fact, this particular 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti’s very first motorsport event was the world famous Sebring 12 Hours, which saw Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant get behind the wheel of this gorgeous Italian racer and race to a sixth place finish. In June, 1957 this exact Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti was then entered into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans which saw British F1 Champion Mike Hawthorne and team mate Luigi Musso get behind the wheel of this beautiful Ferrari.
While taking part in the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans, British F1 Champion Mike Hawthorn piloted this exact Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti to the first 200 km/h plus lap record in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, however things didn’t go according to plan as Hawthorn, his team mate Luigi Musso and this gorgeous Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti were forced to retire from the event due to a series of mechanical problems and eventual engine failure. However, that wasn’t the end of this Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti’s racing days because this incredible vehicle went on to claim fourth place at the Swedish Grand Prix and second place at the Venezuelan Grand Prix and on to claim the 1957 F1 World Constructor’s title.
However, in 1958 this Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti was sold to famous New York based Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti who continued to enter it into various world motorsport events. In fact, while under the ownership of Luigi Chinetti this 335S Spider Scaglietti was raced to victory by British Grand Prix legend Stirling Moss & Masten Gregory at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix. This 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti then went on to compete in a series of races on US soil before it was sold by Luigi Chinetti and purchased by an architect in 1960. It is said that this Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti remained with the architect for a decade until it was sold in 1970 to Frenchman and leading Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon.
Despite the fact that the Ferrari 335S breed is one of the most desirable Ferrari models out there, it does have something of a dark history. At the 1957 Mille Miglia, a Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti (not the same vehicle featured in this article) driven by Alfonso de Portago left the road and drove into a crowd of spectators resulting in the deaths of Alfonso de Portago, his co-driver and ten spectators, five of which were children. The deadly crash was caused by a blown tire. However, this 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti sold at auction in 2016 for an eye watering €32.1 million in Paris and now it’s value has further increased after winning the coveted Concours d’Sport award.
Steve & Chris Parry are contributors from stevespeedza.blogspot.com
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