Buoyed by the success of light and reliable 2.5 L 553 F1 car, Ferrari created a series of cars in the mid 50’s that were four-cylinder sports racers insead of the V12 monsters of old. These cars from the Ferrari 625TF to the Ferrari 750 Monza competed successfully through the late 1950s. This series of exceptionally successful Ferrari sports cars culminated with the Ferrari 750 Monza that arrived on the scene in 1954. The Ferrari 750 Monza had a three-litre version of the 500 Mondial’s engine and it meant that the Ferrari 750 Monza was much more powerful with a maximum output of 250bhp and a feather light weight of just 760kg. Now more than 60 years later, one of the most original Ferrari 750 Monza examples in existence being offered at RM Sotheby’s after a single ownership of 60 years.
This particular Ferrari 750 Monza which is coming to for the prestigious Monterey, California auction on August 19-20, 2016 is a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider with a chassis no. 0510 M and this exact car happens to be a fairly significant piece of Ferrari’s competition history by being among the most rewarding sports racers of its era. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, 0510 M boasts of a significant American racing history having been successfully raced by the likes of the ‘Big Three’ of the American racing scene back in those times – Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall.
Ferrari sold 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider brand new to Allen Guiberson of Dallas, Texas, and was finished in the distinctive color combination of white with a dark blue triangle stretching from the car’s nose to its windshield. Among the cars racing 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. Allen sold this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider to brothers Richard “Dick” Hall and Jim Hall, who raced it uptill 1956, including 1st overall at Pebble Beach with Carroll Shelby at the helm.
After Jim purchased the car from his brother, he used to race it successfully mainly around his home state of Texas. It was after its retirement from the racing scene, this 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, 0510 M remained carefully preserved in storage with Hall for nearly 40 years, before being expertly restored in the mid-1990s. It has since then been a regular attraction at various car events around USA. This auction ready car is being offered in its original powertrain and is expected to fetch anything in the range of $4,000,000 – $5,500,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Auction at Monterey this August.