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Lot 044 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider s/n 0438MD

Lot 044 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider s/n 0438MD

Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder PF s_n 0438MD

Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder PF s_n 0438MD

 

Los Angeles – 19 December 2018

Bonhams is delighted to announced that a very special vintage Ferrari has been consigned to its renowned annual sale next month. The 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Spyder s/n 0438MD that was owned, raced and/or admired by four figures central to popular culture, motoring history and California heritage will be featured at the January 17th collectors’ car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Most recognized – indeed immortalized – in photographs with an admiring James Dean, the Italian sports-racer has the fingerprints of a host of iconic personalities. 


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When new, the Mondial was owned by one of the world’s greatest playboys of all time, Dominican Republic diplomat and professional bon vivant Porfirio Rubirosa. Accompanied by his then paramour Zsa Zsa Gabor, Rubirosa raced the new Spider in Santa Barbara where the couple was extensively photographed.  

Shortly thereafter, it was bought by John von Neumann, the man who introduced Porsche and Volkswagen to California and sold sportscars to the stars through his dealership Competition Motors. Once again at the Santa Barbara road races, an admiring James Dean (who had taken his Porsche Speedster) was shown the car and, too, was extensively photographed. While under Neumann’s ownership, the Ferrari was also raced at Palm Springs and then at Torrey Pines by a young driver by the name of Phil Hill – the man who would become a legend of motorsport. 

Even without its glamorous history, this is a very special automobile. One of only 12 made, the rare competition Ferrari was restored by the “men with the golden hands” at Ferrari’s in-house Classiche department in Modena and then, as testament to its quality and history, received 1st in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Platinum Award for Best Restored Ferrari from the Ferrari Club of America, and the Phil Hill Trophy for Best Competition Ferrari by the Ferrari Club of America – an extremely prestigious trio of accolades to say the least. 

Associated with such illustrious personalities, this Ferrari Mondial Spider is a very special and highly significant piece of California car and pop culture (click here to see video). The Ferrari Classiche Red Book-certified, highly original, extensively photographed and raced-in-period automobile will be offered alongside an astounding line-up next month.  

Some of these museum-worthy cars being offered include: the 1946 FIAT Frua Spider – the very first design created by Frua; the sole existing Moretti Sport Spider with Michelotti body; the evolutionary key Bugatti model and 1993 Frankfurt Motor Show car EB110 GT – as well as a Chiron; not to mention two of the most iconic cars in history – a matching numbers and well preserved 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and an expertly restored 1965 Aston Martin DB5 worthy of Sean Connery as James Bond. These and so many more are why Bonhams’ 2019 Scottsdale Auction is shaping up to one of the best collectors’ car auctions of the year. For more information,visit Bonhams.com/Scottsdale.

 

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Lot

Make

Chassis #

Estimate ($)

Result

001

1972 Volvo P1800E

1826353-
039092

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$91,840 €80,589

002

1960 MGA 1600 Roadster

GHNL/83569

$30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$32,480 €28,501

 

003

1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Sedan

18-5056165

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$44,800 €39,312

 

004

1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible

56WA43565L

$75,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$50,400 €44,226

005

1937 Mercedes-Benz Type 230 Special Roadster

155157

$200,000 - 250,000 (NR)

$168,000 €147,420

006

1956 Continental Mark II

C56S3913

$80,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$58,240  €51,105

 

007

1959 Nash Metropolitan Hard-Top Coupe

15F-N-H5236

$17,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$13,440  €11,793

008

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster

WP0ZZZ91ZKS
173618

$200,000 - 250,000 (NR)

$173,600 €152,334

 

009

1934 Bentley 3½ LITER DROPHEAD COUPE

B 75 BL

$175,000 - 225,000 (NR)

$168,000 €147,420

010

1962 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe

118685

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$89,600 €78,624

011

1948 Fiat 500B Topolino Cabriolet

500B131699

$15,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$28,000 €24,570

012

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

881715

$220,000 - 260,000 (NR)

$196,000 €171,990

013

1991 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

WP0AA2961MS
480273

$150,000 - 200,000 (NR)

$123,200 €108,108

014

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

UD1S21268

$90,000 - 110,000 (NR)

$61,600 €54,054

015

1963 Chevrolet Corvette/365HP 327 "Fuelie"

30837S 102254

$130,000 - 160,000 (NR)

$128,800 €113,022

016

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

111.027-12-002549

$325,000 - 375,000

$362,500 €318,094

017

1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

670748

$120,000 - 150,000 (NR)

$95,200 €83,538

018

1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans

BN2L232949

$180,000 - 220,000

$179,200 €157,248

019

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

113044.10.
015795

$100,000 - 140,000 (NR)

$100,800 €88,452

020

1987 BMW M6

WBAEE1409H
2560605

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$72,800 €63,882

021

1996 Bentley Azure Convertible

SCBZK14C4TCX
53631

$50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$72,800 €63,882

022

1967 Pontiac GTO Hardtop

242177G127765

$30,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$42,560 €37,346

023

2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster

WBAEJ13403AH
62184

$175,000 - 225,000 (NR)

$143,360 €125,798

 

024

1959 Lister-Jaguar Sports Racer

BHL 123

$2,000,000 - 2,600,000

Not Sold

025

1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible

7406635

$110,000 - 140,000 (NR)

$75,600 €66,339

026

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

13139

$175,000 - 225,000

$198,800 €174,447

027

1956 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster

82789

$375,000 - 450,000

$362,500 €318,094

028

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Sportsroof

0T02G126865

$50,000 - 75,000
(NR)

$50,400 €44,226

029

1967 Simca 1000 Coupe

154970

$25,000 - 35,000
(NR)

$24,640 €21,621

030

1964 Porsche 904 GTS

904 012

$1,400,000 - 1,600,000

Not Sold

031

1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Slant Nose Cabriolet

WP0EB0939KS
070407

$175,000 - 250,000 (NR)

$229,600 €201,474

032

1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Four-Passenger Tourer

123689

$1,000,000 - 1,400,000 (NR)

$830,000 €728,325

 

033

1957 Ford Thunderbird

E7FH169124

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$53,200 €46,683

034

2002 BMW Z3 M Coupe

5UMCN93442LK
61081

$50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$56,000 €49,140

035

1972 Maserati Ghibli SS COUPE

AM115/49-2126

$260,000 - 300,000 (NR)

$229,600 €201,474

036

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

198.040.55.
00548

$1,150,000 - 1,350,000

Not Sold

037

1932 Packard Twin-Six Coupe Roadster

900371

$300,000 - 400,000 (NR)

$212,800 €186,732

038

1914 Stevens-Duryea Model DD Tourer

32105

$200,000 - 300,000 (NR)

$72,800 €63,882

039

1932 Packard Super Eight Coupe Roadster

193823

$200,000 - 250,000 (NR)

$204,400 €179,361

040

1957 AC Ace-Bristol

BEX385

$300,000 - 375,000

Not Sold

041

1971 Maserati Indy 4900

AM116/
49*1208*

$90,000 - 110,000 (NR)

$84,000 €73,710

042

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

111026.12.
004197

$150,000 - 180,000

Not Sold

043

1987 Ferrari 328 GTB

68647

$140,000 - 180,000 (NR)

$95,200 €83,538

044

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider

0438MD

Not sold

045

1964 Sabra GT Coupe

GT4819

$80,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$78,400 €68,796

 

046

1969 MG C Roadster

GCN1U/8041G

$25,000 - 40,000
(NR)

$25,200 €22,113

047

1956 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Window Z-Bar

494210

$20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

$25,200 €22,113

048

1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Coupe

9113300714

$140,000 - 180,000 (NR)

$131,600 €115,479

 

049

2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello

133420

$110,000 - 130,000 (NR)

$112,000 €98,280

050

1946 Willys-Overland CJ-2A Jeep

CJ2A30022

$25,000 - 35,000
(NR)

$20,160 €17,690

051

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

WDBEA36E6RC
154682

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$85,120 €74,692

052

1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B

187013 0593/52

$110,000 - 140,000 (NR)

$103,600 €90,909

053

1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe

A819231

$90,000 - 120,000 (NR)

$84,000 €73,710

 

054

1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider

2017

$2,800,000 - 3,400,000

$2,755,000 €2,417,514

055

1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback

8T02J192453
02157

 

$80,000 - 110,000 (NR)

$72,800 €63,882

056

1964 Citroën DS 19 Décapotable

4251004

$150,000 - 200,000

$212,800 €186,732

057

1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300ti

AR584945

$40,000 - 55,000
(NR)

$36,400 €31,941

058

1946 Fiat 1100C Spider

279906

$650,000 - 850,000

$577,000 €506,318

059

1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

UE1S26058

$75,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$64,960 €57,002

060

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

113.044-12-001588

$75,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$75,040 €65,847

 

061

1955 Moretti 1200 Sport Spider

5007

$750,000 - 850,000

Not Sold

062

c.1966 Shelby GT350SR FASTBACK

5F09C658967

$125,000 - 175,000 (NR)

$84,000 €73,710

063

c.1959 Devin Special

22

$50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$40,320 €35,380

064

1993 Bugatti EB110 GT

ZA9AB01E0PCD
39033

$800,000 - 1,000,000

Not Sold

065

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus Deluxe

995774

$150,000 - 200,000 (NR)

$190,400 €167,076

066

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

4976

$1,700,000 - 2,100,000

Not Sold

067

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

DB5/1998/R

$700,000 - 800,000

Not Sold

068

1967 Porsche 912 Coupe

463123

$70,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$61,600 €54,054

069

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

60E061134

$90,000 - 120,000 (NR)

$78,400 €68,796

070

1988 Lamborghini Jalpa

ZA9JB00A8JLA
12
381

$65,000 - 85,000
(NR)

$68,320 €59,950

071

1975 Porsche 914 1.8

2900966

$20,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$19,600 €17,199

072

1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster

84082

$250,000 - 300,000 (NR)

$222,880 €195,577

 

073

2018 Bugatti Chiron

VF9SP3V3XJM
795072

$2,800,000 - 3,300,000

Not Sold

074

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

880027

$175,000 - 225,000 (NR)

$128,800 €113,022

075

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

121040.10.
017684

$140,000 - 170,000 (NR)

$134,400 €117,936

076

1937 Jaguar SS100 2½-LITER ROADSTER

18072

$330,000 - 370,000

$329,500 €289,136

077

1953 Morgan +4 Roadster

P2693

$50,000 - 70,000
(NR)

$39,200 €34,398

078

1971 Porsche 911T Targa

9111111776

$90,000 - 110,000 (NR)

$64,400 €56,511

079

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint

AR1493*07867

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$64,400 €56,511

080

1965 Land Rover Series IIA 88" Hardtop

244/25054-C

$25,000 - 35,000
(NR)

$31,360 €27,518

081

1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL

113042.10.
012834

$75,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$64,400 €56,511

082

1959 Fiat-Abarth Berlina 750 Derivazione

737815

$15,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$22,400 €19,656

083

1983 Dodge Shelby Charger

1B3BZ6485DD170629

$15,000 - 20,000
(NR)

$26,880 €23,587

084

1931 Bugatti Type 46 'Superprofilée' Coupe

46491

$750,000 - 1,000,000

Not Sold

085

1988 Ferrari Testarossa

76899

$100,000 - 125,000 (NR)

$86,800 €76,167

086

1991 Alpina Z1 Roadster

WAPRLE0001C
260063

$140,000 - 180,000 (NR)

$106,400 €93,366

087

1993 Porsche 928 GTS

WP0AA2929PS
820156

$100,000 - 125,000 (NR)

$100,800 €88,452

088

1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS Cabriolet

158183

$1,100,000 - 1,300,000

$1,000,500 €877,939

089

1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 230 B Cabriolet B

405661

$100,000 - 150,000 (NR)

$81,200 €71,253

090

1951 Crosley CD Four Super Convertible

CD 304956

$15,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$8,960 €7,862

091

1983 Toyota FJ45 'Troopy'

FJ45941877

$60,000 - 85,000 (NR)

$86,800 €76,167

092

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

113044.12.
009753

$75,000 - 100,000 (NR)

$69,440 €60,933

093

1959 Chevrolet Corvette

J59S100875

$110,000 - 130,000 (NR)

$67,200 €58,968

094

1999 Shelby Series 1

5CXSA1819XL
000043

$100,000 - 125,000 (NR)

$112,000 €98,280

095

1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

BNR32-002354

$65,000 - 85,000
(NR)

$78,400 €68,796

096

1967 Fiat-Abarth 1000TC Berlina Corsa

100D 2179468

$40,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$16,800 €14,742

097

1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

6L67S6Q258404

$35,000 - 50,000
(NR)

$58,240 €51,105

098

1999 Ferrari 360 Modena

116590

$60,000 - 90,000
(NR)

$87,360 €76,658

099

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 "Green Hornet" re-creation

8R01C156337-CSS011

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$70,000 €61,425

100

1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365HP  "Fuelie" Roadster

194675S
109990

$115,000 - 135,000 (NR)

$109,200 €95,823

101

1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe

5401GT

$230,000 - 280,000

Not Sold

102

1969 Porsche 912 Outlaw 911R Tribute

1290022825

$65,000 - 85,000
(NR)

$47,040 €41,277

103

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

1ZVHT88S
285197196

$50,000 - 75,000
(NR)

$39,200 €34,398

104

1979 Porsche 928

9289201197

$35,000 - 45,000
(NR)

$61,600 €54,054

105

1969 Fiat Moretti 500

110FU972235

$20,000 - 30,000
(NR)

$17,920 €15,724

106

1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

WP0CB2963MS
461844

$35,000 - 45,000
(NR)

$40,320 €35,380

107

1987 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16

WDBDA34D9HF
275693

$35,000 - 45,000
(NR)

$38,080 €33,415

108

1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

111.025-12-004122

$180,000 - 220,000

$193,760 €170,024

109

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce

1495 F 07553

$100,000 - 130,000

$95,200 €83,538

110

1937 Cadillac Series 60 Convertible Sedan

6B2337

$50,000 - 75,000
(NR)

$42,560 €37,346

111

1955 Ford Thunderbird

P5FH216726

$35,000 - 45,000
(NR)

$29,120 €25,552

112

1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet

WP0EB093XKS
070397

$140,000 - 180,000 (NR)

$141,120 €123,832

113

1998 Ferrari 456 GTA

110808

$45,000 - 65,000
(NR)

$49,280 €43,243

114

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe

352644

$60,000 - 80,000
(NR)

$49,280 €43,243

115

1965 Morris Minor 1000

D1125203

$15,000 - 20,000
(NR)

$5,600 €4,914

 

116

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

WDBBA48D5GA
041540

$35,000 - 45,000
(NR)

$20,160 €17,690

117

1974 Fiat-Abarth 595 SS Tribute

110F6146156

$15,000 - 25,000
(NR)

$16,800 €14,742

118

1994 Porsche 968

WP0AA2961RS
820075

$55,000 - 75,000
(NR)

$61,040 €53,562

119

1990 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible

SAJTW484XLC
175032

$25,000 - 42,000
(NR)

$44,800 €39,312

120

1961 Elva Courier Roadster

100155

$45,000 - 55,000
(NR)

$18,480 €16,216