Let’s face it: the older you get, the harder it is to be wowed by a Christmas gift. When I was a kid, an HO scale slot car track was about the best Christmas gift I could have imagined. Today, that same level of enthusiasm would require something that burns gasoline and puts out more than 400 horsepower, but unless we hit the Powerball in the next week or so, it isn’t happening this year, or next year, or the year after that. Maybe you’re in a different tax bracket than I am, and maybe you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the car enthusiast. If so, I’ve got the perfect Christmas gift idea for you.
RM Auctions will be selling a 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta at their upcoming Automobiles of Arizona auction, slated for January 20 and 21 (sure it’ll be a late gift, but one worth waiting for). The car sports a 2 liter 60 degree V12 with triple Weber carburetors, good for some 140 horsepower (significant, back in the day). It’s numbers matching, includes all of its original components, and is number 10 of just 25 ever built. Just in case that’s not significant enough for you, the car’s also seen victory in the 1950 Mar del Plata race in Argentina, and it even competed in the 1951 Mille Miglia. It even has a festive red paint job, perfect for spreading holiday cheer.
Since it’ll be sold at auction, I can’t really tell you how much it will cost. Pre-auction estimates say it’ll sell between $1.9 million and $2.4 million, but those are generally less accurate than weather forecasters. Just to be on the safe side, let’s say it’ll sell for less than four million. Is that too much to pay for the Christmas present of a lifetime?