The annual Rétromobile exhibition and the accompanying Artcurial auction were originally slated for the first week of February 2022. Both were later postponed due to COVID restrictions, which would have prevented attendees and vendors from visiting. The two events will now take place in March in the City of Lights — Rétromobile from March 16 to 20, and the Artcurial auction on March 18 and 19.
Artcurial has announced the sale of a collection of eight Italian sports cars, including four of Ferrari’s most exclusive. The super and hyper car models — an F40, F50, Enzo and LaFerrari — were all purchased new by Maître Etienne Léandri and have remained in his collection since. A defense attorney in Monaco, Maître Léandri was a diehard fan of the Ferrari brand and was given priority to purchase the limited-edition cars. Stored safely and securely in a garage below his office, Léandri was known to walk downstairs and admire the beauty of all eight Italians, even when driving was prevented by poor weather.
The oldest is a 1989 Ferrari F40 that has covered 13,284 kilometers. It is finished in Rosso Corsa with matching red bucket seats — the color scheme that became the template for all Léandri’s subsequent supercars. Carefully stored over its lifetime, the twin-turbocharged Ferrari presents as a well-preserved example.
The next addition to the collection was the 1996 Ferrari F50. The V12 monster has travelled a mere 1,318 kilometers and is the last of the Ferrari super and hypercars to feature the iconic gated six-speed shifter — the subsequent Enzo used an F1 transmission.
Maître Léandri’s 2003 Ferrari Enzo is — like the rest of the supercars — finished in Rosso Corsa and currently has 4,760 kilometers on the clock.
The final addition is also Ferrari’s latest, a 2013 LaFerrari with under 1,000 km on the odometer — just 952. One of only 499 built, this hybrid hypercar is factory-fresh and ready for its second caring owner.
Other sports cars in the collection include a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia and a 2003 Lamborghini Murciélago with a six-speed manual transmission. And though not exactly a sports car, the eighth member in the group is a 2009 Fiat 500 Abarth Ferrari Dealers Edition, number 144 of 200. All are sure to be great fun behind the wheel and stars of the Artcurial Rétromobile auction.