Provenance and performance give this Prancing Horse prominence at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on January 19. The 1952 Ferrari America Spider Competizione, chassis No. 0196A, is one of only five cars of the line that were built to original specifications by Carrozzeria Vignale and, of those, among three to compete for Scuderia Ferrari. Fit with a 4.1-liter Lampredi V-12 engine, the open-top torpedo carries a payload of roughly 280 hp.
The red roadster’s race history includes that year’s Mille Miglia (driven by Piero Taruffi and Mario Vandelli) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with Louis Rosier and Maurice Trintignant behind the wheel). Although it failed to finish in either event, other examples of the same model took first and fifth overall in those respective competitions.
Despite being later customized as a coupe, the car has been completely restored to its original roofless glory and factory team trim, becoming a fan favorite at the Mille Miglia Storica, Monterey Historic Races, and the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. The car crosses the block at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and is expected to fetch up to $9 million, which would make it among the 10 most expensive Ferraris ever sold at auction. (bonhams.com)