Leading the company’s first auction at the recently redesigned museum, the 290 MM was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the 1956 and 1957 seasons, piloted by a prestigious roster of drivers including Sir Stirling Moss, in some of the most prestigious events the racing world has known.
In 2011, the car underwent a full, concours-quality restoration by Ferrari Classiche to its 1957, 12 Hours of Sebring configuration, the final race it entered as a Scuderia Ferrari Works car.
Of the four 290 MMs built, three have survived, which made this a rare opportunity to own a two-seater sports racing barchetta from what can be considered Scuderia Ferrari’s golden era.
Additional highlights from the sale included a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone, which realized $2.2 million on the podium, a 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder in Factory Matte Black wrap and Martini livery, which sold for $1.5 million, and a 2015 McLaren P1, which fetched $1.4 million.
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