We’re just a few days away from RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale, where some very tantalizing machinery will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Among them are these two silver (pardon us, “Argento Nurburgring”) Ferraris. And looking at them both, we can’t help but wonder which we’d choose.
The sequential precursors to today’s 488 Pista, the 360 Challenge Stradale and 430 Scuderia were the first two models in Maranello’s line of hardcore eight-cylinder supercars. They were evolutions of the same, with V8 engines, track-tuned suspensions, and little else that wasn’t strictly necessary.
Their cockpits were stripped out. Their glass windows (though not the windshield) were replaced with plexi. The manual option forgone in favor of paddle shifters. The brakes replaced by carbon-ceramic rotors. And their engines were each boosted by 20 horsepower.
Further evolved, the 430 was the quicker and more powerful of the two. Its 4.3-liter atmospheric V8 was tuned to deliver 503 horsepower (375 kW) and 350 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque. It could hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds, and top out at 196 mph (315 km/h). The 360, by comparison, produced relatively less at 420 hp (313 kW) and 275 lb-ft (373 Nm) of torque), so it took an even 4.0 seconds to reach 60 and maxed out at 176 mph (283 km/h). But to our eyes, the Challenge Stradale remains the better-looking of the two… even if it was (relatively) slower.
Delivered to then-Ferrari chief (now FIA president) Jean Todt, the 360 CS has had three more owners over its lifetime. Between them, they’ve put 22,000 miles (35,500 kilometers) on it. The auctioneer values it between €190k and €210k (or about $225-250k). The 430 Scuderia, on the other hand, has only 2,000 km (1,242 miles) on the clock, and is estimated to sell for €200-240k (~$240-285k). The same ballpark, essentially. So if you had to choose between the two, which would you take?