1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, chassis 0510 M (photo: Darin Schnabel)
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, chassis 0510 M (photo: Darin Schnabel)

Ferrari 750 Monza and Ford GT40 Offered

A Ferrari 750 Monza Spider and Ford GT40 are the latest headline consignments for the 2016 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, scheduled for August 19-20 in California during Monterey Classic Car Week.

The 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, chassis 0510 M, boasts an American racing provenance having been successfully campaigned in period by Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall. Sold new to Allen Guiberson of Dallas, Texas, who owned and campaigned multiple early Ferraris, 0510 M was finished in the distinctive color combination of white with a dark blue triangle stretching from the car’s nose to its windshield. The car retained this color scheme for the 1955 season, where it achieved success at the hands of some of motor racing’s great drivers. Among highlights were a 2nd overall at its debut event, the 12 Hours of Sebring, with Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby behind the wheel, closely followed by a 1st place finish for the Del Monte Trophy at the Pebble Beach road races in April 1955. At the end of the 1955 season, 0510 M was sold to brothers Richard “Dick” Hall and Jim Hall, who continued to campaign the car to strong finishes through 1956, including 1st overall at Pebble Beach with Carroll Shelby at the helm.

Prior to the start of the 1957 season, Jim Hall purchased the car outright from his brother, continuing to successfully race the car, mainly in his home state of Texas. After its retirement from racing, 0510 M remained preserved in storage with Hall for nearly 40 years, before being restored in the mid-1990s. This process saw the car return to its former glory, including its recognizable blue and white livery. It has since been a sight at various car events around the country, including the 1997 Monterey Historics, where it appeared as part of a tribute to Carroll Shelby, and later, the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours, where it was part of a special display honoring Phil Hill and Sir Stirling Moss. Offered complete with its original drivetrain, 0510 M comes to market following 60 years in the ownership of Jim Hall (Est. $4,000,000 – $5,500,000).

“A fantastic piece of motorsport history, chassis 0510 M is likely the most original 750 Monza in existence; its provenance and importance are second to none,” stated Jack Boxstrom, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “While many four-cylinder Ferrari sports racers fell to the crucible of motorsport or general neglect following their racing careers, this particular example has been incredibly preserved. It’s highly successful competition history—which includes three legends of American racing—coupled with its superb condition, and the fact it is offered directly by its owner of 60 years, no less, one of the drivers who campaigned it in period, place it in a class of its own.”

The American-raced Monza will be joined at RM’s 2016 Monterey sale by another performance legend with its roots in racing and Carroll Shelby behind its success; the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I, chassis P/1057. When the GT40 entered Mark I production, 50 examples were required to meet FIA homologation, 31 of which were destined for the street. Chassis P/1057 was born a road car and has remained so ever since. Elevating its rarity, the featured GT40 was one of 20 cars allocated to Ford’s Promotion and Disposal Program when new, and one of seven road cars consigned to Shelby American for retail.

Originally sold to Nick Nero of Kansas City, Missouri, P/1057 spent the better part of its first decade as a daily driver under a handful of private owners, before entering hibernation in the early 1970s. In 1984, the car was acquired by GT40 restorer Robert Ash, who undertook a thorough restoration, right down to cleaning up the factory-issued hoses and spark-plug wires, and reconditioning the original carburetors and unusual competition-style 180-degree crossover exhaust. After appearances at several events, P/1057 was sold to its current owner in 1991, and the vendor has since used the car as it was intended — on the open road. With single ownership for the past 25 years and having never been offered publicly, this GT40 comes to Monterey recently serviced, including a rebuild of its original engine (Est. $3,250,000 – $3,750,000).

“The GT40’s caretaker of the last quarter century attests to the fact that while rated at 400+ hp, the car’s legendary Ford V-8 engine actually develops closer to 425-450 hp. It comes on strong up until 3,000 rpm, after which its race-bred pedigree really shows,” said Shelby Myers, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “A truly exhilarating drive, its next enthusiast owner won’t be disappointed when they get behind the wheel.”

Alongside the previously announced Jim Click Ford Performance Collection, the 750 Monza and the GT40 Mk I join a roster of 100 collector cars slated for RM Sotheby’s 2016 Monterey sale. A tradition spanning more than 30 years, the annual RM auction returns to the Portola Hotel and Monterey Conference Center, August 19-20 during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Week.

For further event information and to view a frequently updated list of all entries for the sale, visit the newly updated www.rmsothebys.com or call +1 310 559 4575.

[Source: RM Sotheby’s]