Unless you live in Dubai, or Knightsbridge, a Ferrari is already a fairly infrequent sight.
And there are a few Italian stallions that are so incredibly rare – and expensive – that you’re unlikely to ever come across them in your lifetime.
No fewer than five cars that fall into that bracket are being made available for sale at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale on 12 May – and the combined value of them all is a shuddering €13.7million or £12million,
Here’s a closer look at each one…
2015 Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina, €3m or £2.6m
A 458, but not as you know it: This is the one of six Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina, which is expected to sell for around £3 million next month
The Italian coachbuilding specialist – which has tried its hand on numerous Ferraris over the year – has modified the Ferrari Sergio headlight cluster and added a fixed rear spoiler to the boot lid
This is a Ferrari 458 with a difference. It’s called the Sergio and is one of just six cars ever made as a tribute to the founder of design house Pininfarina, of the same name.
It’s so rare that not a single one of the special edition cars has been made available for public sale until now.
This one, apparently owned by a Nigerian oil magnate, was the original model used by Pininfarina as its display car when it debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
New, it would have cost around €2million. And it’s appreciated by another million in the last 24 months or so. RM Sotheby’s estimates.
The Ferrari Sergio by Pininfarina is based on the 458 Spider (left), though the famed coachbuilder has modified it
Ultra lightweight seats have barely been sat in, with the Ferrari Sergio displaying less than 200 kilometres on the odometer
Under the engine cover of the Ferrari Sergio is a 4.5-litre V8 taken from the limited edition 458 Speciale model
As well as the redesigned features – notably the rear spoiler and wrap-around single headlight cluster – it also has the uprated 458 Speciale engine dropped into the middle of the chassis.
That means there’s a gurgling 4.5-litre V8 packing 597bhp sitting within inches of where your earlobes would be, ready to erupt into full chorus.
And it’s not had many chances to warm its vocal chords. The lot description says it’s done less than 200 kilometres (124 miles) from new – so it’s barely been run in.
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione TdF by Scaglietti, €9m or £7.8m
This is one of just 17 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competitzione TdFs created by Scaglietti, which is expected to sell for around €9million (£7.8million)
The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta is regarded as one of the great race cars of the 1950s. However, very few were built to ‘Tour de France’ competition specification like this.
It’s one of 17 of the prized examples that feature the exquisite lightweight coachwork in the 1957 body style – recognisable by the trio of louvres behind the side windows and covered headlights.
The V12 under the bonnet was originally confirmed as producing 258.2bhp in January 1958, though it’s probably lost a few of those horses through years of racing activity, including numerous victories.
This Ferrari 250 has had a thorough makeover since it was raced, with a newly trimmed interior that looks almost untouched
The Ferrari’s covered headlights are one of the give aways that this is no normal 250 GT. In the hands of factory driver Wolfgang Seidel it finished second at the 1958 Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium
It was delivered new to and raced by factory driver Wolfgang Seidel and took to second at the Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps and fourth at the 12 Hours of Reims in its first year.
Since retiring from the competitive scene it’s had various enthusiast owners in Germany and later in Sweden, and in the last 45 years it has changed hands just the once.
1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupé by Ghia, €600,000 or £522,000
The Ferrari 195 Inter was a road-going version of the 195 S race car. Just 27 were made, of which 11 were built by Ghia, this being one of them
Just 27 Ferrari 195 Inters were ever produced by coachbuilders who converted the 195 S racer into something that could legally be used on the road.
Vignale crafted 12, Touring made three, Motto created a one-off and Ghia built 11. This is one of the latter.
Surprisingly for a 1950s reworked Ferrari this one is in right-hand drive, so it should appeal to the UK classic car investor.
This Ferrari 195 Inter spent the last few years in Hong Kong where it has been used as a showpiece for a Ferrari dealership
Adding to the rarity is the Ferrari 195 Inter is a right-hand drive model, which could make it more appealing to UK investors
Chassis 0113 S was finished in 1951 and was actually delivered to its first owner in white. It was heavily modified soon after, with the car being treated to customised fenders, headlights, grille, bumper before it was exported to Los Angeles in 1950.
The most recent spell of its life has been spent in a Ferrari dealership in Hong Kong – since 2011 – where it has been kept as a showpiece.
Being one of only 35 Ferraris ever bodied by Turin-based Ghia, it’s about as rare as it gets.
1993 Ferrari Conciso Concept by Michalak, €120,000 or £104,000
Yes, this is a genuine Ferrari, though it never made it to production. Find out more about the radical Conciso Concept. It was created in 1993, using a 328 GTS platform
This is the car for well-heeled Ferrari enthusiasts looking for something totally unique. Called the 328 Conciso Concept, it is a hand-built prototype created by Bernd Michalak’s Design Studio of Mainz, Germany, and is the only one to have ever been made.
It uses a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS platform but with a striking open-top design that’s probably not going to pass any of today’s stringent safety tests.
That’s because it does away with such ‘luxuries’ as doors, a protective roof or roll bars in the pursuit of elegance.
The Conciso Concept’s clamshell rear engine bay is mirrored by a similar front-end opening. You won’t see another car like it because this is a genuine one-off
It has no doors, no roof and no roll bars. That means the Ferrari Conciso Concept wouldn’t pass today’s Euro NCAP crash tests. Customised helmets – which are required on the move – are stored in the door panels
It means the driver and passenger are expected to hop in and out over the sides and have to wear crash helmets on the move. Fortunately, there’s a pair of custom lids stored in compartments on each side of the car – just in case you forget to bring yours from home.
The aluminium body and lack of panels make it incredibly light and quick – it could complete a 0-to-62mph sprint in five seconds and roar to a top speed of 173mph. Well, that’s what Ferrari said in 1993.
Not that it’s had much chance of putting those figures to the test recently. Since 1998 it’s been sat in a living room in Belgium like a piece of furniture.
1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé by Boano, €1million or £870,000
Looking for something rare? This gorgeous Ferrari 250 GT is one of just 67 cars created by coachbuilder Boano
Just 250 Ferrari 250 GTs were ever made, of which some included the Europa, designed by Pininfarina.
But by the time it came round to produce the second generation models, the Italian coachbuilder was moving facilities and unable to keep up with orders.
To appease demand, the design was handed over to fellow specialists Boano who completed 67 second-series models.
For some it might be familiar. That’s because this Ferrari 250 GT was part of a motor museum exhibition in Liverpool in the 1960s
The entire Ferrari 250 GT has been restored to an incredibly high standard, with the original engine treated to a rebuilt just a matter of months ago
This ‘Low Roof’ Boano coupe was first delivered to Milan in 1957 and was then exported to England in the late 1960s where it appeared as an exhibit in the Lark Lane Motor Museum in Liverpool.
Following owners saw the car move from France to Belgium before being certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2012 having had a full restoration.
Sotheby’s also said the original engine was rebuilt recently, in December 2017 in fact.
Two other cars to look out for at the same auction…
1978 Ferrari 308 GTS first owned by Gilles Villeneuve, €400,000 or £348,000
Villeneuve used this 308 GTS to travel between his home in Monaco and the Ferrari factory in Maranello when he was driving for the Italian F1 team
This was the car used by Ferrari F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve to commute between his Monaco home and the Ferrari factory in Maranello.
While the 270 mile journey should take just over 4 hours and 30 minutes, the six-time Grand Prix winner from Canada reportedly covered the trip in 2 hours and 25 minutes at an average speed of almost 112 miles per hour. Impressive, if not completely illegal.
After Villeneuve’s untimely death in the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, the car was retained by Ferrari until 1984. The car was then returned to Gilles’ wife Rosanna in 1994 until it was acquired by the vendor in 2010.
Remarkably original, having covered less than 37,000 km (23,000 miles) from new, it might eclipse the €400,000 estimate placed on it.
2018 Lamborghini Huracán donated to the Pope, €300,000 or £261,000
This Lamborghini Huracan was originally delivered to the Pope
This 570bhp Lamborghini can hit 62mph in 3.4 seconds and roar on to a top speed of 199mph – and it was first delivered to none other than the Holy Father.
That’s right, this Huracan coupe was gifted to the Pope and all proceeds from its sale in Monaco will go to the Vatican.
It even features Bianco Monocerus white paint contrasted by Giallo Tiberino golden stripes and detailing in homage to the colours of the flag of Vatican City.
It’s a unique opportunity to say you drive a car that has been custom made for the Pope but instead of having a boot for you to stand and wave in has enough power to pin you to the back of the seat.