In 1953, Ferrari introduced a range of 4-cylinder race cars aimed at privateer race drivers. The 2-liter Mondials and the 3-liter 735 S Monzas were hugely successful as well as good looking, having been designed and built by Scaglietti.
This Monza was the first 4-cylinder, 4-liter 735 S to be finished and was crashed at Monza. It was returned to Ferrari and rebodied by Scaglietti for its next race, the Grand Prix of Portugal at Monsanto in July 1954, where it was driven by Froilan Gonzales. At the end of 1954 it was bought by Alfonso de Portago, who painted it black and took it to the Carrera Panamericana in November. The second owner, Sterling Edwards, raced the car at Sebring before bringing it to the Pebble Beach Road Races in April 1955, where he finished second behind Phil Hill. Edwards continued to race the car, notching up five wins before the car's final race at Pebble Beach in 1956. Over the following 60 years the car fell into disrepair until it was acquired by its current owner in 2016, and a two-year restoration was undertaken. It is currently finished in its 1954 Carrera Panamericana livery.