Ferrari 1956, driven particularly by the five times world champion Formula 1 Juan Manuel Fangio, will be auctioned in New York in December, when the House Sotheby’s hopes to more than 28 million.
This is the “holy grail for collectors and fans” around the world, said the auction house, about the red Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626, which had been specially built for the Argentine legend driver, for the Mille Miglia race in Italy where he came fourth.
The car was then driven by Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trip, or the trio Castellotti Eugenio Luigi Mussio and Masten Gregory, who won in 1957 with the 1000 km of Buenos Aires.
The car continued competitions until 1964, before becoming a collector’s item, bought especially by the famous French collector Pierre Bardinon then by the current owner.
“Led by the greatest drivers of the 1950s and built to probably the greatest driver in history (…), this is one of the most desirable and valuable cars that never come on the market,” commented Peter Wallman, car specialist for RM Sotheby’s.
During the sale of 10 December, entitled “Driven by Disruption,” the auction house will offer some 30 cars and memories of the automotive world.
Among the cars, another Ferrari, blue, 1955, the Global 500, Chassis 0564MD / 0424MD, estimated at between five and seven million. Originally built for the French Yves Dupont, she started her career in the 12 hours to Hyères in May 1955.