Not just another parts sale: Italian treasure trove up for auction

Ferrari Parts shipping container barn find

Even Hagerty’s own Barn Find Hunter would be awed by the recent discovery of containers full of Italian car parts in the U.K.

Coys of Kensington is pulling and cataloging rare Ferrari, Maserati, and Abarth parts from the storage containers, once owned by a private collector, and will auction the treasure trove on June 29. The parts are reported to be in excellent condition, with some still in their original wooden crates and maintaining new old stock packaging.

According to Coys, the parts range from race speedometers to a new-in-box windscreen for a Ferrari P3. Photos shared by the auction company offer a small peek of the large collection: containers stacked full of wire wheels, a pallet holding crankshafts and cylinder heads, and a box of ring and pinion gears.

Coys of Kensington Managing Director Chris Routledge estimates the containers hold £1 million ($1.33 million) worth of spare parts, although the auction house has not released a comprehensive list of what is included. The stash includes parts for many significant cars, including Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 SWB, 275, Daytona Competizione, F40, and 512LM, and Maserati 250F.

Routledge told British newspaper The Telegraph that the discovery is comparable to finding treasure in “Alladin’s cave” or “uncovering Tutankhamun’s tomb,” and the auction offers collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.