Sunday, May 28, 2023

1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider by Scaglietti

Scuderia Ferrari Works car driven at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans and 1955 Mille Miglia. Raced by Ferrari Works drivers Maurice Trintignant, Harry Schell, and Piero Taruffi. One of four surviving Ferrari 121 LMs. Complete nut-and-bolt restoration to 1955 Le Mans specification carried out by Ferrari Classiche between 2018 and 2023. Ferrari Classiche certified.

Following disappointment at the Mille Miglia caused by an oil pump failure, chassis 0546 LM returned to Maranello, where it was converted to full 121 LM specification. Enlarged to 4,412 cc and fitted with three side-draught Weber carbs, the straight-six now produced 360 hp.
Le Mans marked the end of chassis 0546 LM’s Works career, and it was sold at the close of the season. It would go on to race with success in North America.

The car was tragically involved in an accident in April 1956 when on lap 33 of the Del Monte Trophy race at Pebble Beach, Ernie McAfee missed a downshift at turn six, causing him to lose control of the car. It hit a tree on the driver's side killing him instantly. Later restored, the Ferrari appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1974, 1975, and 1976. In 2018, chassis 0546 LM was sent to Maranello, where it was the subject of a no expense spared five year restoration. Estimate is €5,500,000 - €6,500,000.

Up for grabs at RM Sotheby with no estimate. In 2017 a 1955 121 LM made $5.7m. Here.