You know a car that is special – and extremely valuable, we might add – when the names associated with its racing career include the likes of Carroll Shelby, Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill and Enzo Ferrari. And so it’s less of a surprise that 1955 Ferrari Scaglietti’s 410 Sport Spider you see above sold for $22,005,000 at RM Sotheby’s last weekend auction In Monterey, California. That makes it the most expensive car sold at auction at this year’s Car Week festivals.
Shelby has won eight races and finished on the podium 10 times behind the wheel of this Ferrari, and his inscription on the fuel tank, was written years after his racing feat,” said Mr. Ferrari. to me that this is the best Ferrari he’s ever built.” That’s a great endorsement. Only two 410 Sport Spiders were built by Ferrari to race against this car’s 4.9-litre 24 spark plug V12 engine. According to the car’s auction listing, it also “comes with the first (in 1956) and last (in 1958) trophies that Shelby drove the 0598 CM, along with the original 1957 Nassau race car license plate.”
All told, this 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider from Scaglietti competed in 40 races between 1956 and 1958, winning 11 of them and finishing on the podium 19 times. In addition, it is also wonderfully beautiful.