BLENHEIM, ONTARIO, CANADA (June 25, 2009) – RM Auctions is delighted to announce the consignment of a champion 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 ‘Scuderia Filipinetti’ Le Mans Race Car and a historic 1953 Ferrari 166MM Spider Scaglietti to its highly anticipated Sports & Classics of Monterey event, August 13th to 15th in California.
The recently consigned 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 ‘Scuderia Filipinetti’ Le Mans Race Car – chassis number 194378-S-410300 – holds a unique place in Corvette history. Entered by Swiss racing patron, Georges Filipinetti with a Zora Arkus-Duntov prepared motor, and driven by Henri Greder and Umberto Maglioli, this L88 Corvette made its Le Mans debut in 1968. It returned for the 24 Hours of Le Mans five more times – consecutively – up until 1973, a record that remains unbroken by any single chassis.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to present this champion L88 Corvette at auction – it is surely one of the most successful international Corvette racing cars in history,” said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer of RM Auctions.
“Cars such as the L88 Corvette and the Ferrari 166MM only come to market on the rarest of occasions – we are thrilled to be offering them for auction at our Monterey event in August and look forward to welcoming discerning collectors to the Portola Hotel & Spa for what is shaping up to be another first class event,” he added.
The 1953 Ferrari 166MM Spider Scaglietti, chassis number 0050 M, is another extremely important car with a fascinating history – it was given by Enzo Ferrari to his son Dino for a design project with Scaglietti. It is known as the first Scaglietti-bodied competition Ferrari and its attractive, rakish styling resulted in the prototype for the subsequent 750 Monza and 500 Mondial models. Sold to Chinetti in 1954 and raced enthusiastically by Danny Collins in Colorado, 0050 M was restored first in the 1960s and again prior to running the Mille Miglia Storica in 2005. It is being offered at the Monterey event from one of America’s foremost collections.
The historic 0050 M will be joined by no less than 25 other milestone Ferraris in Monterey – one of the company’s largest offerings to date outside of Maranello – to cement RM’s reputation as the market leader when it comes to offering significant Ferraris at auction. Also set to cross the block – a rare 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Vignale Berlinetta, one of just six examples built and boasting an impressive early race history; an award-winning 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, formerly owned by the legendary LA Lakers player and coach, Jerry West; and a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, as well as a 288GTO and F40 to round out the supercar range.
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