Raced by Fangio as well as later World Champion Phil Hill and a gamut of other Ferrari Formula One drivers, it’s one of four 290 MMs ever built and remains the Holy Grail for car collectors and aficionados.
Car enthusiasts rejoice. Enzo Ferrari himself helped build this 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, chassis 0626 for enigmatic five-time Formula One World Champ Juan Manuel Fangio, and now you can potentially own it. Fangio raced this legend in the 1000-mile 1956 Mille Miglia event, where he finished 4th overall. Today, it retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox and body, and it will soon hit the auction at an exclusive Driven by Disruption sale on December 10th in New York City. Click through for more gorgeous pics and fun facts.
It was one of the first Ferraris raced in Europe by Phil Hill. It heralded the start of Wolfgang Von Trips’ Ferrari-driving career and it famously piloted to victory in the 1957 Beunos Aires 1000 KM by Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Masten Gregory.
It’s therefore believed by car specialists to be the most desirable and valuable car that will ever come to the open market.
The car is the Argentinian color scheme for Fangio.
And there's the option to enclose the passenger seat.
This thing boasts the same 3.5-liter V-12 engine.
In 1957, 0626 was sold through Luigi Chinetti to Temple Buell, a friend of Enzo Ferrari, who continued to campaign the car around the world with Masten Gregory and Jo Bonnier behind the wheel.
It then passed through two Ferrari team owners and continued to be raced up until 1964, when it eventually made its way into a private U.S. collection.
The car remained in the U.S. before it was acquired by renowned collector Pierre Bardinon, remaining in his Mas du Clos Collection for almost 34 years and then purchased by its current owner. Who, as far we know, isn't Jay Leno.