On the Beach

My New Car.

Since I am still waiting to see what is going to happen with my wrecked MINI, I thought I would spend some time this morning looking for new cars in case I have to buy one in the next month or so. While searching for possible cars this morning I came across this wonderful 1955 Ferrari Monza Spider. The same car that was driven by Fred Astair in the movie “On the Beach”. (It also starred Gregory Peck, and I have to admit the race scenes in it are pretty lame).

This car is the eighth of 35, 750 Monza spiders that were ever built, and this unique automobile, with serial number 0492M, is the car that was used in the movie mentioned above. The opening price is yet to be determined, and there is that whole thing about shifting with my left hand I’d have to get used to, but I think I’d look good driving this car.

This Ferrari Monza Spider has a 260 hp, 2,999 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine, with two Weber 58 mm DCOA/3 carburetors. It features dry sump lubrication, a five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, a de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf springs and trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes ( yes it has drum brakes, it is a 1955 Ferrari). The wheelbase is 88.6 inches which means it is agile for my daily commutes to the office. (by the way, this car was advertised for $7000.00 in a 1957 issue of Road and Track magazine. It’s estimated to bring 1 million plus at auction)

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Additional features include…

– One of only 35 built, with a matching-numbers example
– Starring role in On the Beach, featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner
– Driven on screen by Fred Astaire in “On the Beach”
– Brussels Motor Show car winner, 1955
– Race-winning history, including John Von Neumann, Phil Hill, Harrison Evans
– Two-year documented restoration

In its professional racing career, 750 Monza s/n 0492M entered 22 West Coast races in an intense period in 1955-56, driven by famed Ferrari importer and racing driver John von Neumann, future Formula One World Champion Phil Hill, and Harrison Evans. In that time it won twice, scored seven 2nd place finishes, was 3rd twice and 4th four times.
For more info on the car, and the movie starring Fred Astaire, or if you want to out bid me, go here.