More than $325 Million Sold at 2017 Monterey Car Auctions

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13. 1954 Ferrari 500/735 Mondial Spider
Sale Price: $3,850,000
Auction: RM Sotheby’s
This Ferrari 500 Mondial was the 12th of 13 Pinin Farina Spiders when completed in October of 1954, but pundits believe the larger 2.9-liter 735 engine went into the car before it left the factory. Sold new to gentleman racer Tony Parravano, the car raced in California from 1955–57 before being sold in 1960 to Javier Valesquez in Mexico City, the organizer of the Mexican Grand Prix. The car has rarely been seen since its final races in the late 1950s, and became available for sale this year for the first time in 18 years. It is a rare example of a 4-cylinder Ferrari, yet is possesses a more powerful engine than other 500 Mondials.

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