1953 Ferrari 166 MM

Series II Spider
$149.3M worth of cars at RM Sotheby's Monterey
Thursday, 12 August - Saturday, 14 August 2021
Sale Price
$4,000,000 - $5,000,000
Est. Range
14 August 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Concours restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 0314M, Engine No. 80M. Burgundy with gray over tan leather. RHD. 1995/150hp, three 4-barrel Weber carburetors, 5-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Avon radial tires, dual wraparound Plexiglas windscreens, covered Marchal headlights.

Evaluation: Concours restoration. First owned by Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi, the first of a long string of Ferraris he owned. Raced by him, including the 1954 Mille Miglia, then by subsequent Italian owners. Later upgraded by Ferrari to 3-litre (250MM) specifications. Stolen in 2000 during the Mille Miglia and not recovered until 2007. Beautifully restored and better than new with gorgeous paint, bright chrome, and pristine upholstery. The engine compartment and chassis are immaculate. Ferrari Classiche White Book certified and impossible to fault.

Bottom Line: Stories make cars more interesting and occasionally valuable. 0314M has its share of stories, largely vindicated by Ferrari Classiche’s restoration and provision of appropriate major components that return it to its 166MM configuration. While it may not be “pure” it is “accepted”, as its many Ferrari-sponsored appearances show, and it brought a representative price for its condition and history.

by Rick Carey
23 September 2021

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