One Of Four Ferrari 290 MMs Ever Made To Be Auctioned In December

A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti with a rich racing history will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on December 8 as part of The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction.

The Ferrari 290 MM in question is chassis number 0628 and was the fourth and final example built. It is Ferrari Classiche-certified and was driven by the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips, Olivier Gendenbien, Eugenio Castellott, and Sir Stirling Moss.

The car made its racing debut at the 1959 Mille Miglia in 860 Monza specification and finished 2nd overall with Peter Collins and Louis Klemantaski behind the wheel. Shortly after its successful Mille Miglia debut, the car finished 4th at the Targa Florio in Sicily before claiming 2nd place at the XVIII Aosta-Gran San Bernardo Hillclimb in Italy. Months later, it competed at the Swedish Grand Prix.

In 1957, Ferrari upgraded the car to 290 MM specification before it had successful outings at the 1000km Buenos Aires race and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The car was later driven by Sir Stirling Moss in the same year at the 1957 Bahamas Speed Weeks where it claimed victory at the Memorial Race and Nassau Trophy Race.

In more recent times, chassis no. 0628 has passed through the hands of numerous owners and was driven in the Tribute to Juan Manuel Fangio Parade during the Goodwood Revival in 2011.

Powering the car is a Tipo 130 3.5-liter V12 with bespoke cylinder heads, high-lift camshaft, enlarged valves, twin spark plugs, 9:1 compression ratio and dry sump, and a Tipo 520 transaxle. The auction house hasn’t released a price estimate, but you can bet it’ll fetch a pretty penny.

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  • exeptor

    If this don’t break the price record, I really don’t know what will. Amazing looking and awesome history. Not even mentioning the rarity.

    • It could reach like Top 10 prices, but it’s hard to beat 250 GTO in that regards.

  • Given the hype with SP Monza, this kind of cars might be attractive to newer collector, so expect some hefty prices.

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