For the 2011 collector car auction season, RM Auctions revealed the consignment of a rare, race-bred 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta, chassis number 0024 M, as the latest star attraction for its Arizona sale on January 20 - 21, 2011.
The 0024 M, which was originally commissioned for the 1949 Paris Motor Show for which it was painted in the Argentinean racing colors of yellow and blue, is deemed one of the rarest and most historic early Ferraris, having been raced and owned by many notable individuals in the Ferrari world.
The 10th of 25 examples that feature striking "Barchetta" coachwork from Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the 0024 M made its racing debut at the 1950 Mar del Plata in Argentina, finishing an impressive first overall.
It was also raced in period in the 1951 Mille Miglia, where it was driven by female driver Aprile Palmer, who bought the car shortly afterwards. The 0024 M is now finished in red and fitted with its original components, including chassis, numbers-matching engine, gearbox and differential. Potential buyers may contact the auction house to get an estimate.
Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder of RM Auctions, said that RM has earned the privilege of offering more important and historic Ferraris than any other auction house and it is thrilled to present another great series of Ferraris at the Arizona sale in January 2011.
The sale includes the rare 166MM, s/n 0024 M, which is arguably one of the most meticulously documented Ferraris, Myers added. As an original entrant in the famed Mille Miglia, the 0024 M is eligible for nearly any event open to historic Ferraris.