Following a momentous debut in 2013, RM Sotheby’s returns to New York City for the second iteration of its watershed Art of the Automobile exhibition and auction. Previously slated for November, the 2015 event will now take place December 10 in the Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries, – coinciding with one of the most spectacular times of the year in New York City. With an extraordinary $63 million in sales achieved in 2013, Driven by Disruption is set to amplify these past results, , lifting the gavel on a carefully curated selection of 30 iconic vehicles, along with a select range of automotive-themed artwork.
For this Ferrari however, you need to take the plane, because this pristine 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial can not be bid on via internet. Like no other – this Italian racing car with the chassis No 0424 MD has survived the hard time of motorsports . A witness through and through – with signs that cause goose bumps while looking at it.
Scaglietti created the body and equipped it with a Tipo 111 engine. The Mondial was delivered to ist first owner Yves Dupont and made his debut at the 12 hour race of Hyère with number 8 and later during long-distance races Liège – Rome – Liège with number 11. At the end of 1955s season, the car was brought back to the factory. He should be renovated. But Dupont didn´t care about the car for 19 years. So the car was painted red (more Ferrari-like) and parked in the museum of the Autodromo di Monza.
1975 the car returned back to France. Stations like the Mille Miglia and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance were part of its way. Until finally the Polish collector Pierre Mellinger bought it. He initiated a restoration in Padua to carefully remove the red paint. A delicate operation that required a lot of sensitivity and lasted three months. The French racing color fits the car well! In 2009 and 2011 Mellinger took part at the Mille Miglia.
The Ferrari 500 Mondial will go into the auction with an estimate of 5 million to 6.5 million dollars.
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