Ferrari ‘Egg’ on sale for first time in 30 years
'The Egg' is up for auction next month
by Abi Moses on 21st July, 2017
The 67-year old Ferrari 166MM/212 Export “Uovo”- known as the Italian egg- is set to sell for £4 million at auction for the fist time in 30 years. The motor will go on sale in California next month and will certainly be a money bagger for its owner.
“The Egg” was created by Giannio Marzotto in order for it to be raced in competitions. This explains its impressively light and aerodynamic design. According to reports, it is about 330 pounds lighter than most modern Ferraris.
The motor was hugely popular during its prime because of its larger furl tank. It gave it a huge advantage and was able to drive for more than 300 miles between each stop.
In the past, the motor was owned by a collector situated in Los Angeles. Before this, it resided in Mexico for a little amount of time.
In the year of 1951, the car lead 12 miles at the Giro di Sicila. Though, disaster struck and then it was forced to retire due to a damaged differential. The car hasn’t been perfectly designed because of the fact that its hood had to be raised 15cm to install a bigger radiator than what was initially organised/planned for the car. Later that year though, “The Egg” gained a breakthrough victory at Coppa Toscana.
A report by Marcel Massini has stated that “The Egg” is one of the most famous Ferrari’s to have ever been built”. It was one of the motors to have been on show at the manufacturers 50th anniversary in 1997, but since that year the motor has only been seen by a handful of people a few times.
Auctioneers RM Sotheby’s stated: “As it has never been shown at any concourse event, it would surely be welcome at the most exclusive concourse around the globe, where it would be a clear highlight and award contender for its unique design and incredible history.
“The Uovo is, without doubt, the living expression of one of the greatest personalities of the Italian early fifties racing world”.
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