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11. 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” by Fontana
Sale Price: $4,510,000
Auction: RM Sotheby’s
Successful gentleman racers in Italy, the four Marzotto brothers were some of Ferrari’s best customers in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Of the more than 20 cars that the brothers owned, this is one of the most significant. It raced in the 1950 Targa Florio and then the Mille Miglia, where it crashed heavily and returned to Ferrari for repairs. In search of a competitive advantage, Fontana of Padova and sculptor Franco Reggiani designed a streamlined body, nicknamed “Uovo” (“egg” in Italian). The rebodied car debuted at the Giro di Sicillia in unpainted bare aluminum but retired with a mechanical issue; at the 1951 Mille Miglia the Uovo was a crowd favorite and held a large lead before it retired with tire problems. In 1952 the car ran in the top 10 at the Mille Miglia before retiring and was later sold and ran in races in California during 1954.

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