Fontana Ferrari 166 to be sold at Monaco

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No sooner has the gavel dropped on the last lot at Amelia Island than RM Auctions is in full swing promoting its next big sale, during the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco weekend on 11-12 May.

Leading a catalogue packed with significant racing cars is a 1948 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa ‘Fontana’, chassis number 012I.

The ninth Ferrari in chassis sequence and the sixth 166 Spider Corsa built, the car boasts an extraordinary and extensive period race history, first with Scuderia Ferrari and later with Scuderia Marzotto, for whom it was rebodied in 1950 in the Barchetta style by Carrozzeria Fontana.

The car’s competition history includes two Mille Miglias and two Targa Florios, during which time it was piloted by such notable drivers as Bracco, Maglioli, Frolian Gonzalez and the Marzotto brothers.

It was recently restored to concours condition and is ready to participate in any post-war historic racing or touring event. Such larks won't come cheap, however, because the Ferrari is wearing an estimate of €1.1-1.8 million.

Another important Ferrari going under the hammer is a 1974 Ferrari 308 GT4/LM, chassis 08020, a one-off competition Ferrari built by the factory for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Campaigned by NART and driven at the 1974 24 hours by Giancarlo Gagliardi and Jean-Louis Lafosse, it is estimated to sell for €580-680,000.

Other highlights include a pair of Tipo 33 Alfa Romeos, including the one tested in C&SC's April 30th-anniversary issue (click on the text to the left for free wallpaper of it in action), plus an ex-Fangio Talbot-Lago T26 GS (€1.15-1.5 million).

Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe, said: "Monaco holds a very special place in the history of motor sport so it's therefore fitting that RM is accumulating a fabulous collection of some of the world's finest historic racing machinery for this year's sale. With the other fine non-competition cars already consigned to the sale, and with more than 100 incredible Ducati motorcyles on offer, this year's Monaco auction is shaping up to be one to remember.”

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