Mercedes withdrew from all competition at the end of the season, 1955, and for a long time with the title in hand, Ferrari could legitimately breathe. It was to forget the presence of other competitors just as sharp as the Maserati, Jaguar or Aston Martin. To retrieve his crown from the season, 1956 world championship of Brands, Ferrari developed the Sport 290 MM. It is the turn of Sicily that the new trays knew their baptism of fire. The victory came finally to an old Ferrari 4-cylinder 3.5-litre, engaged by the factory for Peter Collins. For the Mile Miles, the champion English inherited the 290 MM that RM Sotheby’s is offering for auction on the 8th of December in the grounds of the museum of Petersen in Los Angeles. Fourth and last tray of the series produced by the plant, the 290 MM that meets the specifications of an 860 Monza carries the chassis number #0628. At the wheel, Peter Collins and his navigator-photographer Louis Klemantaski came 2nd Mile Miles 1956. The 290 MM is large in the genealogy of the Ferrari Sport car it is the first model designed by the team renewed from Maranello. Its V12 was the internal appointment Tipo 130 was to enter the Italian firm into a new era. Its displacement was reduced to 3.5 liters because of a race short enough (69,5 mm) and a bore of 73 mm determining a per-cylinder displacement of 290 cm3, which was the model designation. The distribution was to have only one camshaft per row of cylinder. The power output was 320 horsepower at 7 300 r/min.

Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Like her sisters, the 290 MM the sale is important because she helped bring back the world crown to Maranello at the end of the season 1956. The #0628 only ever knew the honors of the victory, but it will record valuable points for Ferrari. Olivier Gendebien and Han Herrmann finished 4th in the Targa Florio at the wheel. The car was awarded to Juan Manuel Fangio during the Great of Sweden, but the participation ended with an abandonment. For the 1957 season, #0628, as the other chassis in the factory and passed into specification 290 MM To the 1000 km of Buenos Aires, Alfonso de Portago, Eugenio Castellotti and Wolfgang von Trips brought the tray with a new body in the third place. At the 12 Hours of Sebring, Phil Hill and von Trips will not see the arrival.

The Sport 290 MM sale RM Sotheby’s has participated in take back the world title to Maranello in 1956. Diana Varga ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 290 MM was quickly left behind to be neglected in favour of “the four trees” built for the 1957 season. To counter the colossal Maserati 450 S, Ferrari had launched the construction of the series of 315 S/335 S. 290 MM #0628 was sold and we find it driven by Stirling Moss at the Grand Prix of the Bahamas of 1957. She continued her career in the United States before entering the collection of Luigi Chinetti. In 1998, it was also found in the collection of Jon Shirley. During the 2000s, she came back to Europe and won a collection in the English countryside. Presented in a state competition, this 290 MM should logically exceed 20 million euros.


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