You know a automobile is distinctive — and exceptionally valuable, we may well increase — when names hooked up to its racing profession include the likes of Carroll Shelby, Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill and Enzo Ferrari. And so it comes as minimal shock that the 1955 Ferrari 410 Activity Spider by Scaglietti you see above sold for $22,005,000 at final weekend’s RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California. That will make it the priciest auto offered at auction at this year’s Vehicle 7 days festivities.
Shelby received eight races and finished on the podium 10 occasions guiding the wheel of this Ferrari, and his inscription on the fuel tank, penned many years after his racing exploits, reads, “Mr. Ferrari advised me that this was the best Ferrari he at any time created.” That is a mighty great endorsement. Only two 410 Activity Spiders were built for racing by Ferrari with this car’s 24-spark-plug 4.9-liter V12 engine. According to the car’s auction listing, it is also “accompanied by the to start with (1956) and past (1958) trophies received by Shelby driving 0598 CM, along with the authentic 1957 Nassau racing license plate.”
All instructed, this 1955 Ferrari 410 Activity Spider by Scaglietti was entered in 40 races among 1956 and 1958, winning 11 of them and ending on the podium 19 situations. Over and above that, properly, it’s stunningly stunning to behold, as well.
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