1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder / 0448 MD Vehicle Information

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial photograph

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial
Spyder
Designer: Pininfarina
Chassis #: 0448 MD
Engine #: 0448 MD
Sold for $3,850,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Sold for $4,165,550 (€3,717,500) at 2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba.
In the early to mid-1950s, Ferrari experimented with by Ferrari, one being the 735 engine. It made its debut in 1953 and had a displacement size of 2.9-liters and was fitted with dual-overhead camshafts and twin Weber 50DCOA/3 carburetors, making it capable of producing 225 horsepower at 6,800 RPM.

This example, chassis number 0448 MD, was built as a 500 Mondial and was completed by the factory in October of 1954. It was the 12th of a total of 13 Pinin Farina Spiders built, placing it in the first series of cars. Its original owner was Anthony 'Tony' Parravano of Inglewood, California.

Prior to leaving the factory, one car is believed to have been installed with a 735 engine. The reasons for this are unknown. The larger cubic capacity added roughly 75 horsepower to the car's overall output. The stampings on the engine and chassis frame of 0448 MD match, but are of a non-typical font.

Parravano raced his 735 Mondial on the West Coast where he consistently proved to be at the front of the pack. In February 1955, at Willow Springs, it placed 4th Overall and 1st in Class with Bob Drake at the wheel. In March of 1956, at the same venue, 0448 MD was driven to a 3rd place finish by Pat O'Connor.

In April of 1957, Tony Parravano listed the car for sale in Motoracing magazine, but it appears to have not been sold by him, nor was it actively raced, over the course of the next three years. Parravano eventually sold the car to a friend, Javier Valesquez in Mexico City, in the spring of 1960.

Around April of 1960, Parravano was in trouble with the IRS and disappeared on April 8th of that year, never to be heard from again. A few of his cars remained in his custody, and were later sold by the United States government.

While 0448 MD was in Valesquez's care, the rollbar was removed, yet the holes for the bodywork were not patched in and remained as-is. The car would remain with Valesquez for the next 12 years, eventually selling it to Robert N. Dusek of Solebury in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. By this point in history, the car was missing its aluminum passenger seat cover, and Dusek sourced one from Charles Betz in California. Dusek would retain the car for more than two decades, selling it in 1999 through a broker who in turn traded it to its current caretaker.

The car has been in the care its present owner for 18 years. It has been seldom seen since leaving the race track in the late 1950s.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2017


2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€4,250,000-€4,750,000 
Sale Price :
USD $4,165,550 (€3,717,500.00)

2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $4,000,000-USD $5,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $3,850,000

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 0448 MD
Sold for USD$4,165,550
  2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I
Chassis#: 0434 MD
Sold for USD$4,455,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I
Chassis#: 0468 MD
Sold for USD$3,162,500
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  
1954 Ferrari 500/735 Mondial Spider by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 0448 MD
Sold for USD$3,850,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I by Pinin Farina
Chassis#: 0418MDEngine
Sold for USD$3,520,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Berlinetta
Chassis#: 0452MD
Sold for USD$1,567,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series 1
Chassis#: 0418MD
Sold for USD$1,540,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider0438MD2019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona   
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider 2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$590,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0408
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0418MD
Engine Num: 0506MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0422MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0438MD
Engine Num: 0438MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0448 MD
Engine Num: 0448 MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Berlinetta
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 0452MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1954 Spyder
Chassis Num: 0468MD
Engine Num: 0468 MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1955 Series 1 Spyder
Coachbuilder: Pininfarina
Chassis Num: 047MD
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1955 Series II Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 0556/0446 M
Chassis information for the Ferrari 500 Mondial1955 Series II Spyder
Coachbuilder: Scaglietti
Chassis Num: 0580MD
Engine Num: 0580MD


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