In 1956 the withdrawal of Mercedes-Benz reinforces the lust of Ferrari. The 290 MM meaning Mille Miglia is originally developed for the exclusive use by the Scuderia, with a 3.5-liter 12-cylinder V-engine mounted on the chassis of the 860 Monza.
The 1956 edition of the Mille Miglia is a triumph for the Scuderia Ferrari whose four entered cars, two 860 Monza and two 290 MM, win the first four places.
One of the 290 MM had been driven by Fangio to the fourth place. Sold by the Scuderia after the end of the season, it has a prestigious racing record. After Fangio it had been piloted by Phil Hill, de Portago, von Trips and Peter Collins, among other big names. It was sold for $ 28M including premium by RM Sotheby's on December 10, 2015.
Ranked second in the above event, one of the two 860 Monza had been driven by Collins. For the 1957 season it remains at the Scuderia but is transformed by the factory into a 290 MM. It was sold to a privateer in August 1957 and then got its first win with Stirling Moss. During its time with the Scuderia it had been driven by the same amazing lineup as the example above.
This car then underwent further transformations, including the pontoon bodywork which ensured in 1957 the success of the 250 Testa Rossa. It was restored by Ferrari Classiche in its 290 MM configuration of early 1957 with the engine, gearbox and bodywork in matching numbers from that phase.
It is estimated $ 22M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Los Angeles on December 8, lot 241. Please watch the video shared by Sotheby's, showing its great road going condition. The image shared by Wikimedia with attribution Tino Rossini from Toronto, Canada [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons is earlier than the last restoration.
The 290 MM model is prestigious but scarce : only four cars ever received this configuration. It was replaced in 1957 by the 315 S in 3.8 liters and the 335 S in 4 liters which are equally rare. A 315 S transformed into 335 S was sold for € 32M including premium by Artcurial on February 5, 2016.
SOLD for $ 22M including premium