Sonoma Reds, Part 3: 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza

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The Ferrari Monza was a departure from Ferrari’s 12-cylinder power plants of the early 1950s.  The 1954 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder was a three-liter, four-cylinder racer that punched above its weight.  With a Pinin Farina-designed body and Lampredi engine, the car won its first outing at – ironically – Monza.  The late Dino Ferrari is credited with the concept, shortly before his death.  The 750 was so quick, Jaguar purchased this example to understand why the Ferrari was beating its British opposition.  Notably, the same car (0462) was raced in the Dunrod Tourist Trophy in 1954, although it failed to finish. After Jaguar re-assembled the car, Jack Brabham took ownership and raced it in Australia. It recently sold for $3.7 million; not bad for a four-banger.

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