much-anticipated annual Sale of Fine Ferraris at Gstaad’s
charismatic Palace Hotel on December 19th will star the extraordinary
Lepeltier Collection of 14 Ferraris – ranging from a 1961
250 GT Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta, through the 1972 Geneva Salon
365GTB/4 Daytona to a pair of low mileage modern Ferrari classics,
the 1984 288 GTO and the 1989 F40 – the latter having covered
barely 3,000 kms in its life.
Michel Lepeltier was a hard-working Swiss garagiste, whose small
family-run garage and local shop was situated in Thonex, just outside
Geneva. A lifelong Ferrari enthusiast, he saved money assiduously
until, in 1964, he was able to realise an ambition by buying a year-old
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, a beautiful Berlinetta finished in dusky Rosso
This exquisite Lusso has been preserved ever since – complete
with its original and rare paintwork and leather - within the collection,
and as Michel Lepeltier and his wife Denise thoroughly enjoyed using
it, so they buckled down and worked even harder, built their always
small garage business into an even more successful enterprise and
became able to indulge their passion with further Ferraris.
In March 1972, Michel Lepeltier saw the fly yellow 365 GTB/4 Daytona
displayed on Ferrari’s Geneva Salon stand and bought it immediately.
This magnificent acquisition was followed in 1973 by the steel-bodied
Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta, which Lepeltier bought second-hand
and which is one of only two such cars known featuring faired-in
covered headlight nose treatment.
As offered for sale by Bonhams at Gstaad, the Lepeltier Collection
also features two Ferrari Dino models plus their successor, the
early dry-sump engined 308 GTB with bodywork in glassfibre (Vetroresina)
– this striking car also wearing one of the rarest of all
factory paint options, Verde Germoglio…lime green. After some
27 years in the Lepeltier Collection, this most attractive ‘affordable
Ferrari’ has seen as little as 7,900 kms use.
Michel Lepeltier also acquired two front-engined 3.3-litre V12
Ferrari GTBs, a startling gold-liveried 2-cam car – which
is to be offered at Gstaad with only 25,500 kms recorded since new
– and a 1967 275 GTB/4 4-cam example. The only open car in
the collection is a sister Ferrari 275 GTS model, which is equally
certain to arouse tremendous interest from would-be buyers.
In 1980, the Lepeltiers added a brand-new bright red Ferrari 512
Berlinetta Boxer supercar – which at Gstaad is to be offered
with only 9,067 kms ‘on the clock’.
The full inventory of Lepeltier Collection Ferraris to be offered
for sale includes:
1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino #02422 red
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta #2649 GT red
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso #4509 GT darkredmetallic
1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino #06024 yellow
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB shortnose #06827 goldmetallic
1966 Ferrari 275 GTS #07841 red
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 #10011 silvergreymetallic
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona #12705 red
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4A Daytona #15069 fly yellow
1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB #18299 red
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina #19275 lime green
1980 Ferrari 512 BB #30865 red
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO #53769 red
1989 Ferrari F40 #82795 red
Every one of these Lepeltier Collection Ferraris is to be offered
in highly original condition, every one of them having been acquired
either brand-new or, in most cases, when second-hand from the first
The Lepeltier Collection presents examples of every prominent production
road-going Ferrari manufactured between 1961 and 1989. The Collection
has not been seen in public for well over a decade and Gstaad is
to be the first occasion on which any of these cars has been offered
for public sale.
Aged 57, Michel Roger Lepeltier fell victim to a would-be car thief
in France in 1990 – being fatally shot during an apparent
attempt to prevent the theft of his recently-acquired F40 #82795.
Partly in consequence this car is to be offered at Gstaad as one
of the lowest-mileage examples of its type still surviving –
with only 3,078 kms recorded.
Simon Kidston, President of Bonhams (Europe) SA, said: “Having
been working for over five years to secure this remarkable collection
for sale we are delighted to be able to offer it at Gstaad on December
19th – the timing is perfect given the ever greater interest
amongst collectors for unrestored cars of impeccable provenance.”
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