The Ex-works/Sergio Sighinolfi/Jacques Jonneret/Peter Monteverdi 1954-55 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Corsa Sports-Racing Two-Seater Coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti Chassis no. 0486M Engine no. 0486M
On August 20, 1955, the car ran in the Goodwood International 9-Hours classic right here in Sussex co-driven by its owner Jonneret and that great British all-rounder, professional racing driver Ken Wharton. In Whartons hands predominantly, the car ran as high as fifth overall during the first two-thirds of that classic day-into-night tussle, before suffering an engine failure which forced Jonneret to retire it during the sixth hour.
In the backwash from the 1955 Le Mans disaster and the Swiss national ban upon circuit motor racing, Jacques Jonneret then concentrated upon mountain Championship events through 1956, including the classic climbs at Mont Ventoux in France and Ste Ursanne-Les Rangiers and Ollon-Villars at home in Switzerland
Jonneret then sold this car to Peter Monteverdi of Basle, Switzerland, who campaigned it in the 1957 Tiefencastel-Lenzerheide mountain-climb, and won the similar-standard Swiss Martigny-La Forclaz event. Unfortunately he subsequently crashed the car during the Turckheim-Les Trois Epis mountain-climb.
The order of events in this cars history have then been variously reported, but either Peter Monteverdi then had 0486M rebodied in Gran Turismo Berlinetta form before selling it to Dr Alfred Hopf of Basle, or he sold the damaged car to Dr Hopf first, who then had Monteverdi manage a rebuild process which saw the car fitted for them with the new closed bodywork. Peter Monteverdi commissioned the Sauter coachworks to rebody the car to a style which he designed and using methods which he directed. This Ferrari Monzas new Sauter-Monteverdi bodywork was then finished in metallic blue paintwork while we understand that the interior was trimmed in white leather. Peter Monteverdi drove the car in this form to win its class and set 4th fastest time overall in the September 1958 Mitholz-Kandersteg mountain climb.
Following this Dr Hopf/Monteverdi period, 0486M here was acquired by enthusiast collector Othmar Graf still in Switzerland and in the early 1970s the car was partially restored and then offered for sale by auction at the 1974 Geneva Salon. It is recorded as having been sold there for SF27,000, and was subsequently in the ownership of Donald K. Nelson in the UK. It was acquired discreetly, like most of that great enthusiasts car collection by British owner-driver Nigel Moores, who intended to restore the car to its original Mille Miglia form, but who sadly lost his life as a passenger in a road accident before serious work could be initiated.
The car survived in warehouse storage having long-since lost the Sauter-Monteverdi GT body until 1987 when it passed into the sympathetic long-term ownership from which it is now offered here.
This is a superb rebuild, combining what is substantially an original chassis with a substantially original period body the chassis itself embodying a most significant and interesting ex-works, ex-Mille Miglia, ex-prominent private owners, and not least ex-Goodwood 9-Hours, racing history.