Paris, FRANCE — Unveiled at a Feb. 6 event at the Peninsula Paris, the 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder wowed spectators as it beat seven other vehicles nominated for the coveted Best of the Best Award.
All nominated vehicles had received Best of Show honors from the world’s top concours events to qualify for the Peninsula award. With its well-documented history and strong racing provenance, the Ferrari — featuring coachwork by Scaglietti — had taken Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic.
Originally displayed at the New York International Auto Show in 1959, this Ferrari — powered by the legendary Ferrari V12 engine — went on to race at a number of historic tracks including Watkins Glen, Daytona International Speedway and Virginia International Speedway, where the Ferrari suffered a blown motor in May 1960. Due to prohibitively expensive repair costs, the vehicle was left unclaimed at a New York customs facility.
Fortunately, the Ferrari found a new lease on life when it was purchased from the facility in April 1963 for roughly $1,000. For the next half century, the car bounced between owners from multiple countries before finding its current home with Andreas Mohringer of Salzburg, Austria.
Mohringer commissioned a complete restoration by Paul Russell and Company to bring the car back to its original condition. Prior to winning best of show at Cavallino Classic last year, the car won its class at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and best of show at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.