Scuderia Sáragga: The Prancing Horses of Portugal

Offered from RM Sotheby’s Sáragga Collection auction, 20–21 September 2019

Andrew Miterko

In 1932 the Ferrari shield appeared for the first time on the Alfa Romeo cars being raced at the Grand Prix of Spa under the Scuderia race team. The prancing horse was derived from the fuselage of a fighter plane piloted by Francesco Baracca during the First World War. During a meeting with the heroic pilot’s parents, the countess Paulina Baracca told Enzo Ferrari, “Ferrari, put my son’s prancing horse on your cars. It will bring you good luck.” He complied, adding the canary-yellow background symbolizing the color of Modena, Enzo’s birthplace, and the letters S and F, denoting Scuderia Ferrari. In 1947, the first production car produced at Maranello under the Ferrari brand was the 125S. While deeply rooted in Scuderia Ferrari’s race heritage, it received a rectangular badge with the prancing horse still over canary yellow, but now with the Italian flag at the top and the letters S and F replaced by the word Ferrari.

The prancing horse instantly evokes the passion of the marque—each model is steeped with decades of motorsport history and technology, enthralling driving characteristics, the distinctive concerto of Ferrari’s high-revving engines, and emotive Italian styling that is both edgy and elegant.

Click ahead to explore the exceptional examples of the marque offered from the Sáragga Collection.

1986 Ferrari 328 GTB

Estimate €70.000 - €90.000. Offered without reserve.

Pininfarina refined the 308’s sharp, angular design by smoothing the lines from nose to tail and replacing the bulky black front and rear bumpers with molded plastic versions painted in body color, which integrated nicely into the softened profile of the vehicle. In addition to aesthetic changes, overall aerodynamics improved. Its 3.2-liter V-8 produces 270 horsepower, propelling the GTB to 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds and to a top speed of 170 mph.

1986 Ferrari 328 GTB

This example was delivered new to Belgium in the desirable color scheme of Rosso Corso over Beige leather. As a pre-ABS-era vehicle, this example received the elegant concave five-spoke Daytona-style wheels. It presents in excellent condition both inside and out and is ready to be driven and thoroughly enjoyed at the hands of a new caretaker.

1988 Ferrari GTS Turbo

Estimate €50.000 - €70.000. Offered without reserve.

The GTS Turbo was developed specifically for the Italian market as an alternative to the naturally aspirated 328, providing the performance and excitement of the 328 without being subjected to the 38 percent VAT rate that was applied to vehicles with displacements larger than 2.0 liters. The tiny 1,991 cc V-8 received a water-cooled IHI turbocharger producing 15.2 psi of boost, and an intercooler to produce 251 horsepower and 242 ft. lb. of torque. NACA intake ducts were integrated into the body to feed the two-liter engine with fresh air, and a redesigned engine cover accommodated the intercooler.

1988 Ferrari GTS Turbo

This example was delivered new to Porto and has remained in Portugal ever since, accompanied by a well-documented service history and extremely rare three-piece luggage set. Both inside and out, this GTS Turbo presents in superb original condition. Finished in Rosso Corso over a Nero leather interior with Rosso carpets, this attractive GTS Turbo is one of fewer than 1,000 examples to be produced.

2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

Estimate €90.000 - €120.000. Offered without reserve.

The elegant lines of the Pininfarina-sculpted bodywork recall the famed 275GTB. This car is considered to be the ultimate modern Ferrari GT car. Beneath the elegant exterior, a 5.75-liter twelve-cylinder engine produces 515 horsepower—enough to unlock a 200 mph top speed and a 0–60 time of only 4.1 seconds. The F1-style semi-automatic gearbox was available for the first time in a twelve-cylinder Ferrari and allowed 21st-century supercar performance in the timeless 550 Maranello shape.

2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

This example was delivered to its first owner in Lisbon and spent its entire life in Portugal’s warm and dry climate; it presents in marvelous condition. Its brilliant Nero Daytona paint shines brightly, and the interior is trimmed in luxurious beige leather. This gently used example shows only 21,300 km from new and features the optional F1-style transmission, making it a joy to drive, whether for a spirited run on windy back roads or across a continent.

1993 Ferrari 512 TR

Estimate €100.000 - €130.000. Offered without reserve.

The Testarossa premiered at the 1984 Paris Auto Show and quickly rose to become one of Ferrari’s most popular models. The rear mid-engine design placed the center or mass directly in the center of the vehicle, improving handling and stability, and achieved a favorable weight distribution of 40 percent at the front and 60 percent at the rear. The 512 TR was a complete re-engineer of the Testarossa to make it more competitive against its main rival, the Lamborghini Diablo.

1993 Ferrari 512 TR

This example was delivered new to Gibraltar in June of 1993 with Rosso Corso paintwork over Cuoio leather. Its service records show regular servicing through 2001 in Lisbon; the car is believed to have remained in Portugal since. As a testament to the great care it has been treated to, its paint still shines brilliantly and the supple leather shows minimal wear.

2003 Ferrari 456M GTA

Estimate €60.000 - €80.000. Offered without reserve.

Pietro Camardella designed the shapely 456 grand tourer—a 2+2 coupé powered by a 5.5-liter V-12 capable of propelling the vehicle to 192 miles per hour, making it the world’s fastest production four-seater from 1992–2002. The 456M was unveiled in 1998, making subtle improvements that resulted in a significantly improved car. The interior underwent a complete revision to improve ergonomics, the V-12’s firing order was changed for smoother running characteristics, the motorized undercarriage was removed in favor of a fixed version, and the composite hood was exchanged for a carbon-fiber version.

2003 Ferrari 456M GTA

This lovely example is finished in elegant Grigio Titanio over Cuoio leather with matching carpets and was delivered new to Portugal in 2003, where it has resided ever since. Accompanying the late-production 456M are its owner’s manual, tool kit, and service books. With its timeless Pininfarina design, 2000 and 2001 International Engine of the Year award-winning V-12, and lavish interior, 456Ms are enjoying the recognition they rightly deserve in the world of excellent grand tourers.

2003 Ferrari 360 Spider

Estimate €70.000 - €90.000. Offered without reserve.

Unlike the convertible Ferrari models of the past, the 360 Modena’s monocoque was designed with the spider variant in mind from its inception. The spider and berlinetta variants offered similar levels of static and dynamic rigidity and a mere 60 kg of additional weight in the spider, meaning nearly identical performance between the two.

2003 Ferrari 360 Spider

This example was delivered to Switzerland in 2003 and has been thoroughly cared for during the 74,500 km it has covered, as evidenced by a well-documented service history. Finished in traditional Rosso Corso over Nero leather, this 360 Spider is the quintessential mid-engined, open-air Ferrari.


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