Stirling Moss-crashed 1956 Maserati 450S to be auctioned in Monaco

1956 Maserati 450S Prototype by Fantuzzi

RM Auctions has some extremely unique and pricey Italian sportscars of the 50s and 60s consigned for its auction in Monaco on May 10, but the one that presently carries the highest estimated value at in between 4 and 5.5 million euros ($ 5.5 – $ 7.5 million) is a 1956 Maserati 450S with some extremely intriguing provenance.

The Maserati started its life as a 6-cylinder 350S that Stirling Moss drove in the 1956 Mille Miglia race. Unfortunately, the brakes failed, and it crashed into a tree and almost into a ravine. Moss and his co-driver weren’;t injured, but the automobile was kaputt.

Maserati repaired it and utilised the chassis as a check mule for its new 5.6-liter V8 racecar known as the 450S. It featured an extended wheelbase to fit the bigger engine and a new body with a single seat. The racer hit the track once again at the hands of Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1957 Buenos Aires 100 KM but retired with transmission problems. Later on that season, it crashed once more at the 1957 Mille Miglia at the hands of driver Jean Behra. Following that, the auto sat close to the workshop till it was offered without having an engine in 1965.

Soon after kicking around numerous owners, the 450S received a restoration in the 80s with a proper V8 engine being installed, and it produced its grand reemergence in the 1987 Mille Miglia. According to RM, it has largely sat on show in a climate-managed atmosphere since then.

The 450S is a rarity, with Maserati only creating eleven of them, counting the prototype. Even though the check car proved temperamental on the track, the other automobiles won at Sebring and the Swedish Grand Prix in 1957. Scroll down to read through the complete historical past of the car, and be positive to check out the gallery for some fantastic images.


RM Auctions announces even more premier offerings for its Monaco sale, taking place 10th Could for the duration of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend

Latest highlights incorporate a magnificent series of Ferraris such as a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS and a 2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ by Zagato

Sale also contains the hugely significant and historic 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype

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LONDON (April 3, 2014) – RM Auctions, the world’;s biggest collector car auction house for investment-high quality vehicles, continues to entice outstanding, historically considerable vehicles to its forthcoming Monaco sale at Le Sporting on 10 May. Staged for the duration of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend, the single-day sale will current a exceptional roster of far more than 80 handpicked, blue-chip automobiles, which includes 6 vehicles with pre-sale estimates in extra of €1.000.000.

World-class Ferraris are by no means far from any RM sale and the upcoming Monaco event is no exception, featuring no less than sixteen examples from the famed Italian marque. Amongst recent highlights is a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C with coachwork by Scaglietti. Chassis 09067 is the ninth of only twelve produced, and is arguably the best and most authentic illustration of its sort as it boasts entirely matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche certification. Not like many 275 GTB/Cs, 09067 was not offered to a race group but rather delivered new to a private proprietor in Milan who registered it for street use. The auto did not see track action until 1969, when its third owner competed in the Colle San Eusebio Hill Climb. It then passed onto its 4th owner in 1973, investing the following 22 many years in the Netherlands. Most not too long ago, the car has participated in numerous tours and rallies such as the Tour Automobile, but its infrequent period race history makes it extremely unusual and undoubtedly contributes to it currently being one particular of the most unique and desirable 275 GTB/Cs in existence (Estimate: €4.300.000–€5.000.000).

RM is also delighted to announce that it will supply a quite uncommon 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, chassis 1181 GT, in Monaco. It is the 36th of only forty examples developed as nicely as getting the final factory covered-headlamp edition. Connoisseurs will enjoy that 1181 GT is built on the later on and significantly superior 508D chassis and the reality that it is both matching numbers and totally Ferrari Classiche certified. Completed on 12 March 1959, chassis 1181 GT was shipped to New York City for show on Ferrari’;s stand at the third Global Automobile Display prior to currently being delivered to Luigi Chinetti Jr. It was then offered in 1960 to preferred Ferrari client William McKelvy, the famed principal of the Scuderia Bear staff prior to passing onto Bob Grossman, the effectively-identified New York-primarily based dealer, Briggs Cunningham staff driver, and 2-time SCCA champion a year later on. The Cabriolet was subsequently owned by a variety of nicely-acknowledged collectors in North America just before paying the last 3 many years residing in the United kingdom (Estimate: €4.000.0000–€5.000.000).

Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions, Europe, says: “As soon as once more, we are proving to be the auction residence of option when it comes to selling historically significant Ferraris. We have an unrivalled reputation in the global market place spot and our Monaco sale in no way disappoints, with a lot more than 80 fabulous pre- and publish-war sports activities, touring and racing vehicles representing 37 different marques”.

Another important entry certain to entice collectors of the Maranello marque is the matching-numbers 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, chassis 10719. 1 of ninety-9 created, it was initially shipped to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut in early 1968, passing by way of the hands of numerous respected collectors in North America more than the following decade. In 2006 the car benefited from a thorough restoration by Rudi Koniczek & Firm, which brought it up to the most remarkably ideal issue in every single respect. A testament to the exceptional high quality of its restoration, 10719, presented in gorgeous Blu Scuro with a Claret and black leather interior and black cloth best, was proven at the 2011 Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California in which it was awarded the Ferrari Club of America Pacific Region Vintage Concours Award and received Best of Show honours
(Estimate: €1.500.0000–€1.800.000).

Not all uncommon Ferraris herald from the 1960s and the marque’;s much more latest layout will be represented in Monaco by a 2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ with unique coachwork by Zagato. This immensely unusual care is the brainchild of a Japanese collector, Yushiyuki Hayashi who commissioned Zagato to create a exclusive design and style using Ferrari’;s 575 Maranello Berlinetta as a platform, taking his inspiration from the Zagato-bodied TdF models. It is surely one particular of the most recognisable coachbuilt creations of the early 21st century as Zagato created only 6 examples, all of which carry unique body characteristics specified by their very first owners, leaving no 2 vehicles specifically alike. The 575 GTZ on supply is one of the most fascinating Ferrari cars of latest occasions, and presents a extremely uncommon chance for collectors looking for exclusive features and exclusivity (Estimate: €880.000–€1.050.000).

Of program, Ferrari is not the only Italian marque to have developed some of the world’;s best sports and racing automobiles. Maserati was a lot more than a match for the Maranello marque on the 2 street and track in the course of the 1950s and 1960s. Monaco will see RM offer you the 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype, a really historic racing vehicle which lived 2 lives, initially as a 6-cylinder Functions racer, and later as the 1st incarnation of the 8-cylinder 450S. With beautiful nevertheless purposeful coachwork by Fantuzzi, the instance on offer you competed as the Works entry at the 1956 Mille Miglia, driven by the legendary pairing of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson. Following the Mille Miglia, the automobile returned to the factory where it became the prototype for the new 8-cylinder 450S. Once acquired by the recent owner, this historic Maserati was painstakingly restored in 1987 to its prototype specification, with significant guidance and comprehensive consultation with the Factory. The Monaco sale represents the 1st time the vehicle has been provided for sale in 33 many years, presenting a quite exclusive ownership opportunity (Estimate: €4.000.000–€5.500.000).

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