1955 Ferrari Europa 250 GT to lead at Amelia Island

A 1955 Ferrari Europa 250 GT alloy is to cross the block in Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale on March 9.

It's valued at around $2.3m-2.6m.

Ferrari Europa 250

The Ferrari Europa 250 GT was the marque's first serious Gran Turismo

The chassis (0389) was built especially for the 1955 Mille Miglia, although it wasn’t quite ready in time.

Over the years it has passed through some major collections in Europe and the US.

Bonhams comments: “It is, without exaggeration, the ultimate performing example of the handsome Europa GT, having been originally intended for the 1955 Mille Miglia, subsequently restored and maintained to breathtaking condition, documented with original factory paperwork, and tended by some of the finest Ferrari craftsmen in the United States.

“It begs serious consideration by any dedicated collector of vintage Maranello automobiles, and would be the ideal machine, with its epic performance and spacious, comfortable cabin, to enter in the Mille Miglia Storica once more, or any other driving event such as the Copperstate 1000, California Mille or Colorado Grand.”

Other highlights include a 1954 Arnolt Bristol prototype rover, which is expected to make $400,000-500,000.

The car was conceived in 1953 for the US market.

Only 142 were ever produced, of which an estimated 85 have survived.

The present lot has been carefully maintained and restored over the years. It's an exceptional example of this rare model.

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