1950 Ferrari 275S-340 America Barchetta (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1950 Ferrari 275S-340 America Barchetta (photo: Darin Schnabel)

Ferrari 275S / 340 America at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015

A 1950 Ferrari 275S / 340 America, chassis 0030 MT, will be among the headline entries at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015 auction, scheduled for August 14-15 in California’s Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Classic Car Week.

Born as one of only two 275S barchettas built, chassis 0030 MT was campaigned by the Ferrari factory and driven by Italian racing driver Alberto Ascari in the 1950 Mille Miglia. It was then shown at the 1950 Salon de l’Automobile at the Grand Palais in Paris and later returned to the factory where it was upgraded to 340 America specification with a 4.1-litre V-12 engine. Purchased by Scuderia Marzotto, they continued to campaign the car throughout Italy, including twice more at the Mille Miglia in 1951 and 1952, as well as the Targa Florio in 1951.

Following a racing career in Italy through 1957, the 12-cylinder Ferrari was sold to the United States, where it remained in single ownership for over thirty years. It eventually made its way back to Europe, where it has been a frequent sight at such historic racing events as the Mille Miglia Storica. Having received the Ferrari Classiche Attestation for competition cars, 0030 MT would be accepted at Concours and historic racing events around the globe (Est. expected to fetch in excess of $8 million USD).

In advance of its auction in August, 0030 MT will be on preview at this weekend’s world renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale, March 12 – 15, in Florida.

“Our flagship Monterey event has been witness to the sale of some of the world’s finest and most important Ferraris over the years, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition by offering 0030 MT this August,” said Annette Abaci, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.

“A Scuderia Ferrari from birth, 0030 MT presents a very special opportunity to acquire one of the marque’s earliest racers. Not only does it combine beautiful design with a fierce 12-cylinder engine, but it has a fantastic provenance and race record which saw it compete in many of the world’s most important races in period, from the Mille Miglia to Monaco and beyond, driven by such legends as Alberto Ascari, Giovanni Bracco, and Gianni Marzotto. Offered for auction complete with its Ferrari Classiche White Book, it is eligible for all of the world’s leading historic events,” continued Abaci.

0030 MT will join a roster of more than 100 collector cars slated for the 2015 RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale. A tradition spanning more than 25 years, the annual RM auction, held during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week, returns to the Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Conference Center, August 14 – 15. In 2014, the flagship RM sale generated $143.4 million in sales to earn the title as the highest grossing collector car auction of all time.

For further information or to discuss limited consignment opportunities for RM’s 2015 Monterey auction, visit www.rmauctions.com or call +1 519 352 4575.

[Source: RM Sotheby’s]