This car released from factory in 1961 was in the same collection since 1971. Hidden in a barn since 1975 after the bankruptcy of its owner, it had been retrieved under stacks of magazines that had distorted its hood. Ferraris are vehicles of an exceptional robustness: it had valiantly withstood four decades of neglect in the wet French countryside.
More important : it has never been disassembled. Despite its pitiful look, it has everything to become through a careful restoration the best car in its glorious class. Its short belonging in 1963 to a movie star, widely reported by the media before and after the sale, probably had no impact on its price.
Another wonder of the same model and same year is estimated $ 16M for sale by Gooding in Pebble Beach on August 16, lot 129. Here is the link to the press release.
This car has the same highly desirable original characteristics as the Artcurial specimen : SWB chassis, covered headlights. Its early history is less documented but it also remained untouched, until an engine overhaul in 2014. Moreover, it has never been forgotten by its owners.
The SWB spider is a great achievement by Scaglietti. Its differences with the LWB spider are not spectacular but are extremely important, including a road handling that reaches perfection, a better suspension and luxurious comfort. Cars earlier than the excellence of the SWB can no longer claim the highest prices on the overall Ferrari second hand market.
The car for sale in Pebble Beach has all the assets to be submitted to a full restoration according to the best current practice and to start a new career at the highest level in the Concours d'Elegance.