1955 Ferrari 750 Monza by Scaglietti
Chassis no. 0534 M
Gearbox no. 33 S
With interesting, multi-continent period racing history, a recent restoration and Ferrari Classiche certification, this beautiful 750 Monza is a highly desirable example of Maranello’s rare four-cylinder sports racer. According to its factory build sheets, chassis number 0534 M was initially completed in March of 1955, after further testing, a 3.0-litre 750 Monza engine was fitted in April of 1955.
Finished in rosso paint with a blue interior, the Scaglietti-bodied spider is believed to have been sold new in April 1955 to Count Bruno Sterzi of Milan, yet it is not confirmed if he raced the car during the 1955 season. The next season, the car was sold to Ottavio Guarducci in early 1956. His first known event was the Trofeo Vigorelli in March of 1956 at Monza, where he competed on race number 264. The car’s next event was the Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore in June of 1956, where it finished 17th overall. Guarducci assumed solo duties at the Aosta-Gran San Bernardo hill climb a month later and at the Grand Prix of Venezuela in November, finished in yellow with two blue stripes, roared to a 9th-place finish and 5th in class.
In February 1957, the Monza was piloted by Guarducci at the Cuban Grand Prix in Havana, now featuring a head fairing and fin in the style of a Jaguar D-Type. It was sold to a Venezuelan owner by the end of the decade, and the original engine was reportedly removed around this time. The Ferrari finished first in class at the Premio Ciudad Ojeda in 1959 while driven by Jose Zilio, but in 1961 a significant accident side-lined the car during a race at Cucuta, Colombia.
The Zilio brothers repaired the spider, modifying the coachwork with a truncated tail and changing the steering box to left-hand drive. Subsequently acquired by Domingo Olavarria of Venezuela, 0534 M surfaced in a scrapyard in Maracaibo by 1976, and was then sold to Edoardo Magnone of Dorzano-Vicenza, Italy, who was at the time the Venezuelan importer for Fiat. By 1983, the Monza had returned to Italy, and two decades of possession followed before Magnone offered the unrestored car for sale, eventually selling it to Emilio Comelli of Brescia in 2000. A ground-up restoration soon commenced, taking roughly five years to complete. Significantly, the car retains its correct, numbers-matching gearbox and a correct 750 Monza four-cylinder from 0470 MD was then fitted.
The spider was next acquired by its current owner who entered the car at several vintage events, including Le Mitche Sport a Bassano del Grappa in June 2012 and the Mille Miglia Storica in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Notably, from 2013–2014 the Monza was treated to a full coachwork restoration by the experts at Quality Cars in Vigonza, Italy, and subsequently granted Ferrari Classiche certification. Eligible for the most desirable vintage tours worldwide due to its early build date, and sure to be welcomed at major concours d’elegance, this beautiful 750 Monza would make an outstanding addition to any collection.
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