In the history of motor racing, the two names that are synonymous with the sport will always be Ferrari and Juan Manuel Fangio, the enigmatic five-time Formula One World Champion.
The two to come together with through RM Sotheby’s automobile, the ex-Works 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626, at its exclusive Driven by Disruption sale on December 10 in New York City.
Raced not only by Fangio but also future World Champion Phil Hill, the featured Ferrari is easily one of the greatest, most original, and most valuable cars ever offered at public auction.
Chassis 0626 was specifically built by the Ferrari factory for Juan Manuel Fangio to drive in the 1956 Mille Miglia. It was also one of the first Ferraris raced in Europe by Phil Hill, and heralded the beginning of Wolfgang von Trips’ Ferrari-driving career.
“It’s hard to know where to start when describing just how important this 290 MM is,” says Peter Wallman, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.
“Driven by the greatest drivers of the 1950s and built for possibly THE greatest driver in history, this is a car with which Enzo Ferrari was personally involved and is a fundamental part of Ferrari folklore. Its originality, coupled with its extraordinary provenance and history, which are truly second to none, can only lead you to conclude that it is one of the most desirable and valuable cars that will ever come to the open market.”
It comes to auction accompanied by an extensive history file, and is eligible for all major historic events, including its 60th anniversary at the Mille Miglia next year.