Evaluation: One of 51 coupes. Restoration work in 2015 and earlier this year. Good, possibly original chrome. Good older paint other than a small blister at the front of the hood. The wheels and tires look brand new. Some wear on the switchgear and shifter but good newer seats. Tidy underneath. Never fully restored all at once but got consistent and major attention when necessary from a long-term owner.
Bottom Line: These are seriously cool cars, and arguably quite undervalued when you consider their looks (very similar to the also Frua-designed Maserati Mistral), performance, hand-built construction, and rarity. 428s don’t often come to market, especially in this country, but this result is in line with what others have brought over the past several years. Over at RM Sotheby’s, however, there was a collection of rare pre- and post-war ACs that captured more attention, and the 428 Spider out of that group brought a very strong $302,000.