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After 58 Years with the Same Owner, “the Admiral’s Ferrari” Seeks a New Home

Posted July 05, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: auction Ferrari history racing

In 1960, Robert Phillips was a young officer in the United States Navy, stationed in Oakland, California. When he heard rumors of an old racing Ferrari stashed at a nearby Rambler dealership, Phillips had to investigate for himself, and, ultimately, his detective work resulted in a 58-year love affair with a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II. In August, Gooding & Company will offer this extraordinary four-cylinder Ferrari – said to be one of three remaining with the correct engine – at its annual sale in Pebble Beach, California.

The tale of chassis 0556 (0446) MD begins a world away from Richmond, California. On May 3, 1955, the Scaglietti-bodied spider was delivered to privateer racer Francois Picard, who requested light blue paint in deference to the national racing color of France. With co-driver Paul Maret, Picard entered the Ferrari in the 24-hour Grand Prix de Paris, held at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhery south of Paris. An accident ended the team’s day prematurely, and perhaps not finding the Ferrari to his liking, Picard sold the car to Gino Munaron. Munaron raced the car at various events throughout 1955, but in October returned the Mondial to Ferrari.

This Ferrari was born in Italy and lived in California, Venezuela and the Bahamas before finding itself stateside once again. Now its up for grabs.

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