Ferrari’s “Big Five” Surfaces at Auction: Estimated To Fetch As Much as $20M USD


In a tribute to innovation and design, RM Sotheby’s has curated a stunning set of the Ferrari “Big Five” as part of its upcoming DARE TO DREAM COLLECTION sale.

The Big Five is a collection that showcases the pinnacle of automotive engineering for Ferrari, starting in 1984 with the 288 GTO. This inaugural supercar, equipped with a potent twin-turbo V8, marked the beginning of a new era for Ferrari, reestablishing its dominance in the high-performance automotive sphere.

Following is the F40, introduced to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, which took the world by storm with its radical design and unparalleled driving experience, thanks to its mighty twin-turbo V8 engine. Following this, the F50 emerged in the ’90s, offering a naturally aspirated V12 engine directly from Ferrari’s F1 vehicles, marrying racing technology with road capability.

As the new millennium dawned, Ferrari paid homage to its founder with the Enzo, a masterpiece that incorporated Formula 1 technology to deliver breathtaking performance. Finally, the LaFerrari, revealed in 2013, has set a new benchmark in the realm of supercars with its hybrid V12 powertrain, pushing the envelope of what’s possible in automotive design and technology.

Together, these monumental vehicles highlight Ferrari’s unparalleled commitment to innovation and serve as landmarks in the evolution of the supercar. Each model, from the 288 GTO to the LaFerrari, represents a leap forward in engineering, making the “Big Five” a quintessential representation of Ferrari’s storied heritage and its unwavering dedication to excellence in the automotive world.

Specific examples curated by RM Sotheby’s include a 1985 288 GTO, one of 272 examples built which notably benefits from 26 years of single-owner care followed in ownership by renowned five-time Ryder Cup-winning professional golfer Ian Poulter — the 288 GTO is estimated to sell for as much as $4,000,000 USD and represents a cornerstone of the Big Five collection.

Following closely is a 1990 F40, with a desirable “non-cat, non-adjust” mid-production specification, featuring just under 1,000 miles on the odometer and estimated to fetch as much as $3,250,000 USD. Next up is a 1996 Ferrari F50, featuring a European-spec, delivered new via Garage Francorchamps in Belgium and originally owned by a Monaco-based collector for 13 years. With just under 13,000 miles on the odometer, this example of the iconic F50 is estimated to realize as much as $4,500,000 USD at auction.

Stepping into a new era of Ferrari is a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, the first to be shown on North American soil, making its debut via Ferrari at the 2003 Cavallino Classic. This U.S.-Spec car, three owners from new with 5,349 miles on the odometer is estimated to sell for as much as $4,250,000 USD.

Tying off the collection is a 2015 LaFerrari, dressed in the model’s signature color combination of Rosso Corsa over Pelle Neri leather and desirably specified with Scuderia fender shields, black wheels, red calipers and exterior exposed carbon trim. Two owners from new, the example features only 1,766 miles on the odometer and is estimated to realize as much as $4,250,000 USD.

To collect the entire Big Five collection in one fell swoop would likely require as much as $20,000,000 USD — which while possible, is unlikely. However, owning just one of these examples would mean owning a significant element of Ferrari’s storied history and a dream come true for any collector.

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