Next Big Thing: An Auction Preview

THE SIGNIFICANCE

“We’re starting with one of the most powerful Ferraris that the works team ever built,” Philip Kantor, head of Bonhams’ European motorcars department, says of the rare Ferrari that will cross the block in June. “It was Ferrari’s top weapon for 1954 sports racing, entered in the top events with the best drivers.”

This 375 Plus (chassis no. 0384AM) was piloted by Umberto Maglioli in the 1954 Mille Miglia and was codriven by Maglioli and Paolo Marzotto at Le Mans four months later. Also, Argentine racing legend Froilan Gonzalez took the checkered flag at Silverstone while behind the wheel of this car. 

Following its racing career with Scuderia Ferrari, the car changed ownership a few times, but along the way it returned to Modena for a complete restoration. According to Kantor, that also contributes to the value of the car. “This is a very important Italian works racing Ferrari,” he says, “and I think it’s important to have it restored by the same school of people who originally built the car.”

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