Would You Buy This Ultra-Rare Ferrari 290 MM?
You probably know about the Ferrari 250 GTO – after all, one seems to come up at auction and go for silly prices every week. But you might not know so much about the 290 MM, another historic Ferrari racing car from the 1950s. Only four were ever built, and driven hard around various tracks by suave racers and household names. The one in front of you was the last one built.
And it’s a stunner. All those Scaglietti curves are sensuous and just right, and it doesn’t look like it’s ever seen a competition race – it almost looks brand new. The details make this a properly cool car, too. Check out the air intakes on the bonnet. One looks like it’s off a muscle car, and the other pokes up like a periscope. The driver’s headrest is streamlined to help the aero – and there’s only one headrest, so you won’t be taking passengers too often. The chopped windscreen, leather bonnet clasps and timeless wooden steering wheel add impeccable detail.
Quite a few big names got to enjoy these details. This car was driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Wolfgang von Trips and Peter Collins, among other esteemed company. Just to further add provenance (if you needed any), this 290 MM has been certified by Ferrari’s Classiche programme. Good peace of mind that it’s not a Fiero underneath.
The MM stands for Mille Miglia, the famous Italian endurance race. The car had its debut at the 1956 race, finishing second overall. Then, throughout the year, it competed in the Targa Florio and the San Bernardo Hillclimb (finishing fourth and second) and the Swedish Grand Prix. The year after, it was driven at the 1,000km Buenos Aires event and at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Fast forward to 2011, and it was driven at the Goodwood Revival in the tribute parade for Fangio.
Do you fancy this 3.5-litre V12 classic?
This car will go under the hammer in the Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on Saturday 8th December. RM Sotheby’s hasn’t released its price yet.
How much do you think it’ll go for? Let me know in the comments.