Ferrari and Fangio are two legendary names in the world of motorsports, and if you combine the two, you’re sure to end up with something of value. Take this Ferrari 290 MM for example, which was driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia and will be sold by RM Sotheby’s in New York City next month to the tune of $28 million.
This 290 MM, chassis 0626, was built by Ferrari for Fangio and is one of the most important cars in the automaker’s motorsports history. Fangio raced it to an impressive fourth place finish in the 1000-mile Mille Miglia, and it also won the 1957 Buenos Aires 1000 KM in the hands of Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso, and Masten Gregory.
If that wasn’t enough, well-known American racing driver Phil Hill also raced 0626 in addition to Alfonso de Portago, Peter Collins, Olivier Gendebien, and Joakim Bonnier. It’s resume consists of races like the 1956 Nürburgring 1000 KM and the 1957 Portugal GP, not to mention the countless other races it was entered in after it was sold at the end of the 1957 racing season.
“It’s hard to know where to start when describing just how important this 290 MM is,” said RM Sotheby’s car specialist Peter Wallman. “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.”
Chassis 0626 and its 3.0-liter Ferrari V12 make up one of four 290 MMs ever produced by Ferrari. It’s the only car among the four to have never fallen victim to a crash despite its lengthy racing history and thus boasts its original chassis, gearbox, body and a numbers-matching engine.
One lucky (and wealthy) Ferrari enthusiast will pick up 290 MM 0626 at RM Sotheby’s unique ‘Driven By Disruption’ sale in New York on December 10. To view the rest of the 30 carefully selected lots to be featured at Driven By Disruption, click here.