RM Auctions: 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Set for RM’s Monterey Sale

By Auto News Log • June 7th, 2011

RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, returns to historic downtown Monterey, California, August 19th – 20th for its annual Monterey sale held during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend.

In 2010, RM achieved top honors during the Monterey classic car week, posting the highest auction results with $67 million in total sales and an impressive 95% of all lots sold, along with clinching an unprecedented fourth ‘Best in Show’ in 10 years for RM Auto Restoration at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2011 sale is set to build on RM’s strong track record on the Monterey Peninsula, featuring one of the most significant offerings of collector cars ever presented at public auction.

1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, s/n 0492M

Headlining an exceptional roster of Ferraris consigned to RM’s 2011 Monterey sale (early entries include no less than 20 examples from the Modenese prancing horse) is the extraordinary, matching-numbers 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider, s/n 0492M. The eighth of just 35 examples built, 0492M began its illustrious career on the Ferrari stand at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1955. One of the first cars with the improved coil spring front suspension, it was delivered to importer Jacques Swaters with a startling snakeskin interior, photographs of which still exist. The car was later exported to the US where it was successfully campaigned on the West Coast racing circuit. With the likes of such noted drivers as famed Ferrari importer and racing driver John von Neumann, future Formula One Champion Phil Hill, and Harrison Evans behind the wheel, 0492M competed in a total of 22 events during the 1955-56 season, claiming 11 podium finishes. Beyond its strong racing performance, 0492M played a starring role in the Hollywood thriller On the Beach starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire. The recipient of a recent, well-documented restoration, it is offered in Monterey from one of America’s most respected sports car collections. Noted Ferrari expert Brooke Betz declares 0492M is “on content alone, the best 750 Monza I have ever seen.”

To view a full history and catalogue description, please visit:

http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO11&CarID=r113

Contact:

Amy Christie
amy@rmauctions.com
+1 519 437 3047

Source: RM Auctions

 

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