Rick Cole Auctions: Ferrari 410 Sport Prototype
As the Ferrari factory’s 5.0 liter weapon of choice for the 1955 World Sportscar Championship, the 410 Sport, s/n 0592 CM, represented the ultimate evolution of the big-horsepower and big-torque Lampredi V-12s. One of only four 410 Sport examples originally developed and built for the grueling Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico, it will be offered by Rick Cole Auctions at their upcoming Monterey sale and is being offered publicly for the first time in its 59-year history. The auction of the 410 Sport, together with approximately 35 other rare cars, will be headquartered at The Marriott Hotel in downtown Monterey.
Two chassis were built to these specifications. Only one however, s/n 0592 CM, was bodied in the two-seat spyder configuration of the 410 Sport. The second chassis was bodied by Scaglietti as a closed Berlinetta and delivered to Ferrari SEFAC director Michel Paul-Cavallier in July 1955 for road use.
Because of the cancellation of the 1955 Carrera Panamericana race, development of the 410 Sport spyder was halted and much to the regret of Enzo Ferrari, the 410 Sport, s/n 0592 CM, never competed in the event it was purpose-built to dominate. Instead, this prototype 410 Sport was sold to America to the then noted Ferrari team owner, Antonio “Tony” Parravano, in California. Parravano owned and entered a number of early Ferraris in West Coast sports car races. Having s/n 0592 CM now placed him in direct competition and in an intense rivalry with another early Southern California Ferrari patron, John Edgar. Both men amassed scores of significant Ferraris and hired only the top drivers of the day to race their cars.
The Ferrari 410 Sport, s/n 0592 CM, was delivered new to Parravano in Los Angeles. Race records show that s/n 0592 CM was raced for the very first time – and finished 1st overall – at the February Palm Springs road races driven by none other than Carroll Shelby. For reasons not known, s/n 0592 CM was not raced again until 1957, when it competed in two races at New Smyrna, Florida driven by Eric Hauser and Bart Spiegelman.
Ferrari historian Michael Lynch told of this chapter in 0592 CM’s history in entertaining detail in Cavallino 147 in 2005. The now restored car, then in the long-term ownership of significant American Ferrari collector Robert Dusek, was also featured on the magazine’s cover.
This unique and very significant Ferrari would remain in the Pennsylvania collection of Robert Dusek for nearly forty years. A transfer of ownership… only the second fully recorded after 1955… took place in 2008, when s/n 0592 CM returned to Europe into a significant private collection. It had remained there until recently, not having driven a single mile since that acquisition.
This unique and extremely significant early Ferrari has just finished a complete inspection at the Ferrari factory. It is being offered publicly for the first time in its 59-year history. This significant racing car would represent a cornerstone automobile in the finest collection and is eligible for virtually any vintage event on the planet.
Bidders participating in the 2014 Rick Cole Monterey Auction will be given the option to place bids in person on the auction site or by smartphone. Complimentary bidder registration is now available in advance of the auction on the web at www.rickcole.com or similarly by smartphone, iPad or tablet.
Source: Image by David Wendt