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Ferrari 166 Uovo Heads To Pebble Beach Auctions

Forbes logo Forbes 2/15/2017 Mark Ewing, Contributor

By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.
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Giannino Marzotto was in a most humorous and perhaps unintended way a pioneer in motorsports marketing: he won the 1950 Mille Miglia while wearing a double-breasted suit, just as his family’s century-old millinery firm was venturing into the apparel sector, gearing up to offer high-quality clothing constructed of Marzotto fabrics. Their slogan? I normally wear Marzotto. For subsequent runnings of the Mille, Marzotto wore fine sweaters, not a suit and tie. A different time.

By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.© Provided by Forbes Media LLC By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Fashion aside, Marzotto was no mere “Italian gentleman racer.” For the 1951 defense of his Mille Miglia victory, Marzotto channeled his Inner Lorenzo de Medici and engaged sculptor Franco Reggiani and Carrozzeria Fontana to dress his Ferrari 166, chassis number 024, in aerodynamic bodywork. Fontana had already hammered out bodies for the extremely successful Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa, and knew the car well. The resulting coupe was nicknamed Uovo, the egg. Marzotto at the wheel, Uovo led the 1951 Mille Miglia and Giro di Sicilia before retiring. Victory finally came in 1951 at the Coppa della Toscana. Uovo is a pioneering effort, presaging cars like the Zagato-bodied il Mostro Maserati and one might argue even the Cobra Daytona Coupe, another roadster that was dressed in aerodynamic bodywork.

By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.© Provided by Forbes Media LLC By Remi Dargegen ©2017. Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Uovo ran under the Scuderia Marzotto banner before migrating to California in the 1950s. Acquired by its current owner in 1986, it is a veteran of multiple Mille Miglia reenactments and has also been displayed in the Museo Enzo Ferrari. For a successful designer wanting a car that virtually guarantees acceptance for the Mille and almost any other vintage rally, tour or race on the planet, a car with a sculptor and a millinery and fashion entrepreneur in its provenance, Marzotto’s Uovo would make an interesting first Ferrari. Offered by RM Sotheby’s this coming August, Pebble Beach weekend.

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