RM Sotheby’s will offer at its 2022 Monterey Auction August 18-20 what the global auction company trumpets as the “best Ferrari ever built”—certainly one of the most significant purpose-built Ferrari big block sports racing prototypes: a 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti.
One of just two factory-campaigned 410 Sports equipped with a 24-spark plug 4.9-liter V-12, this example—0598 CM—is one of a select few Ferrari models with coachwork both designed and built by Sergio Scaglietti.
The Scuderia Ferrari team car driven by Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1956 1000 KM Buenos Aires, it was piloted by Carroll Shelby in both the ’56 and ’57 seasons when he drove for renowned Southern California-based team principal John Edgar. Shelby won more races in this car any other in his career, and later told a Los Angeles Times reporter, “Nothing can touch this Ferrari if it runs” decades later adding, “It was the best Ferrari I ever drove.”
The car was also raced in period by legendary drivers Phil Hill, Eugenio Castellotti, Masten Gregory, Richie Ginther, Jo Bonnier, Bruce Kessler, Jim Rathmann, and Chuck Daigh, entering nearly 40 races and collecting 11 victories and 19 total podium finishes, 1956-1958.
Faithfully presented in its period livery and desirably maintained, including a recent engine rebuild by a team of Ferrari experts, this 410 Sport will go to its new owners with the first (1956) and last (1958) trophies won by Shelby driving 0598 CM, along with the original 1957 Nassau racing license plate.
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