The sheer scarcity of genuine 1950’s Ferraris makes them hugely sought-after in the collectors market, so an opportunity to get hold of not just one but a pair of highly significant examples is certain to set tongues wagging.
To find a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus and a 750 Monza from 1955 for sale in one place is unheard of, yet that is exactly what Copley Motorcars, purveyors of high-class cars in Needham, USA, have on offer. It is, quite simply, unlikely that such a pair will ever be seen for sale again, so expect them to garner plenty of interest.
With a rich and proven racing history and fine provenance, these two cars would – either together or individually – be the talking point of any collection.
The two cars for sale come from the stable of US construction tycoon – a controversial figure and Ferrari fanatic – Tony Parravano, who bought the cars to be raced in period, and employed some of the best drivers in the business to do the job for him.
Hence, both of these glorious cars have been raced by illustrious sportscar drivers including Richie Ginther, Ken Miles and none other than Carroll Shelby, giving them even greater gravitas in the world of Ferrari collectors.
Very Rare Models
There is no getting away from the fact that these are two extremely rare cars. The Ferrari 375 Plus is one of only eight originals remaining, and features unique bodywork by US expert Jack Sutton, who re-clothed the car after the original Scaglietti coachwork was destroyed in a crash when driven by Shelby at Palm Springs.
The wonderfully evocative Ferrari 750 Monza was originally raced in the Targa Florio where it suffered damage. It was rebodied by Scaglietti in 1955 and still wears what is a unique body. Both cars are in stunning condition, and are to be exhibited at the prestigious concours d’elegance at Carmel-by-the-Sea on August 21st.
The Monza also holds the distinction of being the car that took part in Parravano stable’s final race, in 1957. Soo after, Tony Parravano – involved in an ongoing and serious dispute with the IRS – managed to somehow get himself and some of his collection of exotic cars into Mexico, after which he was never seen again. There can be no two Ferraris offering such a mysterious back story than these!