1956 Ferrari 290 MM Offered By RM Sotheby’s For $26,000,000

Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby's - (Est:$22,000,000 - 26,000,000) - Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

An amazing 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s at the Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on Saturday December 8 2018 (Est: $22,000,000 – $26,000,000).

Raced as an official Scuderia Ferrari Works car for the 1956 and 1957 seasons, this amazing mid-fifties racer was piloted by some of the world’s greatest drivers and achieved numerous podium finishes at the Mille Miglia and 1000 KM of Buenos Aires as a Scuderia Ferrari team car.

Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s – (Est:$22,000,000 – 26,000,000) – Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Following Mercedes-Benz’s exit from international motorsport, Ferrari stepped up to the racing plate, namely ‘Il Commendatore’. History books were about to be given a new chapter as the marque began cementing its pathway to glory.

This particular car, Chassis 0628, started its life early 1956 with a four-cylinder 860 Monza engine utilizing Ferrari’s new Tipo 520 chassis. The first outing for this remarkable beginning was as a Scuderia Ferrari Works car in the iconic Mille Miglia.

Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s – (Est:$22,000,000 – 26,000,000) – Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Rm Sotheby’s details the current owner’s acquisition of the 290 MM in 2011, where it was decided that the car would be certified and fully restored by Ferrari Classiche. With such a colorful racing history in many different configurations and liveries, it was decided that the ideal point in time to return to would be the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring, as this was after its conversion to 290 MM specifications and its final race with Scuderia Ferrari.

Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s – (Est:$22,000,000 – 26,000,000) – Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The car was subsequently brought back to Maranello, where all restoration works were carried out by Ferrari Classiche. Following the complete overhaul, 0628 was given the all important Red Book certification by the restorers. The Classiche documentation states the car maintains its original chassis, the Tipo 130 V-12 fitted to the car by the factory in 1957, its original gearbox, and also the original body.

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Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s – (Est:$22,000,000 – 26,000,000) – Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

After the restoration in early 2015, the car was showcased at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and once again later that year at Ferrari’s Finali Mondiali at Mugello by Ferrari Classiche. During 2016 and 2017, 0628 was kept in Maranello and put on display in both the Ferrari Museum in Maranello and at the Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena.

Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti will be offered by RM Sotheby’s – (Est:$22,000,000 – 26,000,000) – Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The next owner / investor of this lucrative Italian stallion can add their name to an exclusive list of drivers, whilst parting with a staggering $22,000,000 – $26,000,000 in the process.

More information on this stunning Italian machine can be found here.

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