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RM Sotheby’s must be licking their chops. [slurp] On December 10, the auction house will be putting the most exceptional of the four Ferrari 290 MM ever made on the block.

Look at the legends who sat behind the wheel!

There are some good reasons this Ferrari may rock the record books for valuation.

  • One of only 4 Ferrari 290 MM made
  • Driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Phil Hill
  • Never crashed; retaining its original chassis, matching-numbers engine, gearbox, and body
  • Enzo Ferrari was directly involved in its design and construction

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This superb works Ferrari bodied by Scaglietti was built specifically for five-time F1 World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, arguably the greatest racing driver of all time, to compete in the 1956 Mille Miglia. He raced 0626 in the 1000-mile event single-handedly, finishing an impressive 4th overall in a race hindered by a driving rainstorm.  Dressed in the unique factory Argentinian color scheme for Fangio, the car featured a new 3.5-liter V-12 engine based on the 4.5 liter Grand Prix Ferrari engines of the same year.

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Juan Manuel Fangio in the Ferrari at the 1956 Mille Miglia  | Actualfoto Roberto Piccinini

It was one of the first Ferrari raced by Phil Hill and heralded the beginning of Wolfgang von Trips’ Ferrari-driving career.  A host of legendary drivers got behind the wheel.  Why not? The Ferrari 290 MM was capable of racing and beating anything in its class – in fact it would give many contemporary sports cars a run for their money.

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By mid-60s, it was no longer competitive at the elite motorsport events, and made its way into private collections.  Now it will reach the stratosphere in bidding at RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption auction, December 10, in Manhattan.

Want to see a beautiful print of the Ferrari 860 Monza that preceded the 290 MM?

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