Despite this good start the glory of the 750 is short lived. Too heavy, it is dominated by the Mercedes-Benz cars. Moreover, the new rules favor the range of the Ferrari 250. By a sad coincidence, Ascari is killed at Monza when driving a 750 Monza during an unprepared trial in May 1955.
Ferrari makes 35 units of the 750 Monza. One of them built in 1955 and bodied by Scaglietti is estimated $ 4M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monterey on August 19, lot 127.
Its debut had been brilliant with three future legends of motorsport. Driven by Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby in its very first competition at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1955, it was announced as the winner but downgraded to second position after a dispute around a confusion in the finish of the race.
This Ferrari continued its career in the following year with its new owner Jim Hall aged 21. The car became resolutely obsolete and stopped racing in 1958 but Hall kept up to current day his enthusiasm for his 750. It is now offered from his collection where it had remained for 60 years.
The greatest glory of Jim Hall in motorsport is the creation of the Chaparral brand in 1962.
SOLD for $ 5.2M including premium