Ferrari 500 Mondial by Gooding at Pebble Beach
The 500 Mondial was the first Ferrari sports car created for privateer owner-drivers and was powered by a two-liter Lampredi-designed 4-cylinder engine. After the Ferrari 500 F2 captured the 1952 and 1953 World Championships, Ferrari was convinced that the experience of this ferocious 4-cylinder should also be made available in the company’s sports cars.
This car, chassis 0468 MD, is a first series car and was sold new to Guido Petracchi, who immediately took it from Italy to Africa to race it. The Mondial placed first overall in the Ethiopian Grand Prix and then went on to be displayed at the Italian Pavilion during the Silver Jubilee Fair of Addis Adeba, Ethiopia.
The car was stored from 1959-1970 and then restored in the early 1980s by DK Engineering. The current owner acquired s/n 0468 MD and subsequently displayed the Ferrari at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Recently, the car was part of a full feature in the June 2016 issue of Forza magazine and is Ferrari Classiche Certified.
With undeniable credentials and provenance, s/n 0468 MD is an exceptional Mondial that is ready to be enjoyed by a new distinguished collector, in Concours and historic rallies and races around the world.
Information provided by Gooding & Co.
Salon Photos by Mathieu Heurtault, Courtesy of Gooding & Co. Historical Photos Courtesy of Barone.
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