That time Enzo Laid An Egg: 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 'Uovo' Headed To Auction

One of the most recognizable and outlandish coachbuilt Ferraris ever built, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Uovo, will go under the gavel at RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey auction this summer.

The 166 Uovo (which means ‘egg’ in Italian) was commissioned by racer Giannino Marzotto and was the result of a partnership between Fontana of Padova and sculptor Franco Reggani. Its unique shape was the result of Fontana and Reggani’s desire to make it as slippery and aerodynamically efficient as possible. It worked – the streamlined Uovo held the lead in the 1951 Mille Migila and was on its way to a win before mechanical problems forced it to retire.

The Uovo earned its first podium at the 1951 Coppa Toscana and in 1952 again took a crack (pun intended) at winning the Mille Miglia before running a number of Italian events with race team Scuderia Marzotto. It was obtained by its current owner in 1986 and has participated in numerous iterations of the annual Mille Miglia race reenactment and spent time in the official Museo Enzo Ferrari.

The Uovo has not been seen publicly for many years, however RM Sotheby’s ensures it remains eligible for vintage racing and concours events. The auction company didn’t provide an estimate as to its worth, however Top Gear estimates it will sell for around £4.4 million ($5.5 million USD).