The Mille Miglia (Thousand Miles) was an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957. This iconic race required more than just a fast car, the drivers and co-drivers had to have nerves of steel. As unlike normal racing which took part on circuits, the Mille Miglia was a race through the street of Italy. The dangerous nature of the race meant that it was eventually ban and only exist today as a tribute to the cars which once raced the street of Brescia.
The 1950 Ferrari 275S/340 America Barchetta by Scaglietti was one of those cars.
Chassis 0030 MT, born as one of only two 275S Barchettas built. The car, which was originally bodied by Carrozzeria Touring, became the first Lampredi-engined Ferrari sports racer. As such, Ferrari gave this 275S and its new powerplant a trial by fire. Following testing around Maranello, 0030 MT travelled to Brescia, where it participated in one of the most gruelling competitions in motorsport the 1950 Mille Miglia.
Even with the legendary Alberto Ascari behind the wheel, along with Senesio Nicolini navigating, the pair failed to finish. However, this would not deter the Scuderia, and the 275S returned to Maranello, where it was upgraded to 340 America 4.1-liter V-12 specifications.
Chassis 0030 MT will be auction off by RM Auctions in August 2015 (14-15th) at their Monterey estate. At this stage no information is available regarding reserve price.
The sale of 0030 MT presents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire and enjoy one of Ferrari’s earliest racers. Built in the Golden Era of motorsport and raced by such legends as Alberto Ascari, Giovanni Bracco, and Gianni Marzotto, the 0030 MT is an iconic piece of motorsport history. The Ferrari 275S/340 has received the Ferrari Classiche attestation for competition cars meaning it is eligible for historic racing series around the world including the Mille Miglia Storica.