Thursday, November 29, 2007
Now that Lucky is officially a historical vehicle...
The top car in the photos above is a 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM that sold for $5.7 million dollars on May 20, 2007 in Maranello Italy making it the second most exspensive car sold in 2007. According to RM Auctions this Ferrari racer is about as rare as they get. It is one of only two surviving models of its exact type, out of only three ever built. It is restored to look as it did when it was driven in the La Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico. In May, it fetched $1.5 million OVER and above the highest pre-auction estimated price.
The car on the bottom photo is another La Carrera Panamericana race car 1956 Ferrari 410 Sport which only sold for $3,822,500 in Monterey, California but then again that was back in August 2001.
Ferrari created the 410 Sport to dominate the 1955 Carrera Panamericana. It was the ultimate high-speed machine — the biggest, baddest, meanest sports racer ever built. Only two were ever made, and they were among the most powerful sports racing cars built in the 1950s, with 4.9-liter engines of nearly 400 horsepower. During their heyday, the 410s were virtually unbeatable.
The sister car to this one, sold to the American sportsman John Edgar, was later put in the quick hands of Carroll Shelby. He and the vehicle went on to dominate the 1956SCCA races, winning virtually everywhere.
The 410 Sport was unbeatable, and in Shelby's words, "It was the brute of the brutes." But Shelby also noted at the time, that the 410 Sport was "A car that didn't have any bad vices."
Keeping these two particular cars in mind it's important to remember that neither one won a single stage of the La Carrera Panamericana and Lucky has... I wonder how much Lucky is worth? ;)