The Ferrari 410 Sport Spider driven by Fangio and Shelby is going up for auction



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The Ferrari 410 Sport Spider driven by Fangio and Shelby is going up for auction

The fantastic racing Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti will be sold at an auction organized by RM Sotheby's in August. Legendary Enzo Ferrari devised the 410 Sport Spider model while looking for a way to secure a title in the 1955 World Sportscar Championship shampoo.

To get to the title, he had to make a car that could be good on the tracks, but also successfully complete a five-day Carrera Panamericana rally through Mexico. For the needs of the championship, a new 519 / C chassis team was designed along with a tubular frame, and a 5.0-liter V12 engine was installed that developed 400 hp.

Only two copies of the car were produced, but the Carrera Panamericana rally was canceled so the cars participated in the 1956 World Sportscar Championship. The copy in the photos is marked 0598 CM and was originally driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Eugenio Castellotti.

After a successful debut in the 1,000 km race in Buenos Aires in January 1956, the car was sent to a Ferrari factory and was later bought by John Edgar. After that, Carroll Shelby drove him for Team Edgar and achieved a series of victories.

The car was so good that it impressed Shelby.

“Nothing can touch this Ferrari if it runs”. Shelby told the Los Angeles Times. Later, Ferrari was driven by Richie Ginther and others, and the car was withdrawn from racing in 1960 and sold.

The new owner brought it back to the world of racing in 1963 and took part in the Daytona Continental 3 Hours race. The rules required a fixed roof so one was made for this Ferrari, but it broke the aerodynamics so in the end the owner still used the 250 GTO.

The Ferrari 410 Sport Spider has been "retired" again and has been kept in the collection for two decades. It was bought and restored in 1980 by Howard Cohen, and since then the car has changed several owners. The original fuel tank contains Shelby's words that said “Mr. Ferrari told me that this was the best Ferrari he ever built”. The car will get a new owner in August.