Dare to Dream | Ferrari’s ‘Big Five’ Set to Hit Auction Block

Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors worldwide are gearing up for an unprecedented opportunity as RM Sotheby’s prepares to auction off the legendary Ferrari “Big Five” as part of its highly anticipated Dare to Dream Collection sale. This exclusive event, slated for May 31st to June 1st, promises to showcase the pinnacle of automotive engineering and design, featuring five iconic Ferraris that have left an indelible mark on the world of supercars.

The Ferrari “Big Five” represents a chronicle of Ferrari’s evolution, spanning from 1984 to 2015. It begins with the 288 GTO, a trailblazing supercar that set the stage for Ferrari’s dominance in high-performance automobiles. This collection also includes the groundbreaking F40, the technologically advanced F50, the masterful Enzo, and the revolutionary LaFerrari. Each model encapsulates Ferrari’s relentless pursuit of excellence, blending racing technology with road prowess. Let’s take a quick look at the “Big Five.”

1. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO

Price Range: $3,750,000 – $4,000,000 USD

Unique Features: One of 272 examples built; the cornerstone of the “Big Five” Ferrari hypercar dynasty. Benefits from 26 years of single-owner care followed by ownership by renowned five-time Ryder Cup-winning professional golfer Ian Poulter.

Condition: Certified as a matching-numbers chassis, engine, and gearbox example with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book and corresponding Certificate of Authenticity. Underwent a mechanical restoration in 2019.

History: Originally sold to Emilio “Chico” Gnutti, a prominent executive in Italy, before passing through various owners including Ian Poulter and eventually landing in the Dare to Dream Collection.

2. 1990 Ferrari F40

Price Range: $2,750,000 – $3,250,000 USD

Unique Features: Desirable “non-cat, non-adjust” mid-production example. Impeccably preserved and maintained, showing only 1,606 km (~998 miles) at cataloging time.

Condition: Retains numbers-matching chassis, engine, and gearbox. Certified by Ferrari Classiche with a Red Book.

History: Originally sold to a collector in Japan, later acquired by DK Engineering in the UK, and eventually added to the Dare to Dream Collection.

3. 1996 Ferrari F50

Price Range: $3,800,000 – $4,500,000 USD

Unique Features: European-spec car delivered new via Garage Francorchamps in Belgium. Driven 20,910 km (~12,993 miles) at cataloging and importantly accompanied by a factory-issued flight case for the removable hardtop.

Condition: Certified by Ferrari Classiche to retain its numbers-matching chassis, engine, and transaxle.

History: Initially owned by a Monaco-based collector, then passed through DK Engineering in the UK before joining the Dare to Dream Collection.

4. 2003 Ferrari Enzo

Price Range: $3,750,000 – $4,250,000 USD

Unique Features: The very first Enzo shown on North American soil. US-spec car delivered new to the Caiola family, among the marque’s inner circle of preeminent VIPs.

Condition: Driven 5,349 miles (8,607 km) at the time of cataloging with $50,000 of servicing invoices on file under current ownership.

History: Debuted at the 2003 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, then owned by the Caiola family before passing through various owners and eventually being acquired by the Dare to Dream Collection.

5. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari

Price Range: $3,850,000 – $4,250,000 USD

Unique Features: Just two owners from new; Canadian-market car delivered new to Ferrari of Alberta. Presented in the model’s signature color combination of Rosso Corsa over Pelle Neri leather.

Condition: Currently indicates just 2,842 km (~1,766 miles) at the time of cataloging, and accompanied by Ferrari Yellow Book.

History: Originally delivered to a marque VIP via Ferrari of Alberta, then acquired by the Dare to Dream Collection.

Each of these cars represents a significant piece of Ferrari’s history and is highly desirable among collectors.

Curated by RM Sotheby’s at this year’s Dare To Dream Collection auction, each Ferrari in the “Big Five” collection boasts exceptional provenance and pristine condition. Running from May 31 to June 1, 2024, the auction’s lots are estimated to fetch millions at auction, and these automotive masterpieces offer discerning collectors a rare opportunity to own a piece of Ferrari’s storied history. For more information on these and the other Dare To Dream Collection lots up for auction, please visit the RM Sotheby’s website.


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