1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider going under the hammer

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 1, 2011

RM Auctions is offering the 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider chassis #0492M up for sale. Only 35 units were built of this model. It was put on display at the 1955 Brussels Motor Show.

It was shipped to America by well-known importer Luigi Chinetti who then sold it to John von Neumann, a rival Porsche importer, who brought it to Los Angeles. Among those who have had the opportunity to drive it are future Formula One World Champion Phil Hill and Harrison Evans.

It was next seen in the February 1957 issue of Road & Track, where it was referred to as red with a gray interior and was advertised for $7,000. Stanley Kramer Productions in Hollywood later leased or maybe purchased it. It had a short stint in Hollywood, with no less than Fred Astair seen driving it in a fictionalized post-apocalyptic grand prix in the movie titled ‘On The Beach.’

Since then, the Ferrari 750 Monza Spider became part of numerous prestigious collections. It underwent a comprehensive restoration for two years. It was then moved to Pebble Beach, where RM Auctions will be auctioning it off.

Interested buyers should know that it’s expected to be sold at over $3 million. The car is powered by a 260hp 2,998 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine with two Weber 58 mm DCOA/3 carburetors, dry sump lubrication, five-speed manual transmission.

It features an independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf springs and trailing arms and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

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