Things are starting to sizzle in the run-up to RM Auctions’ Amelia Island sale in Florida in March.

On the heels of the auction house’s impressive lineup in Arizona, some showstopping cars are beginning to crop up among the Amelia offerings.

Take this rare 1952 Ferrari 225S “Sport” Berlinetta bodied by Vignale, one of only six competition berlinettas built.

The 225S is regarded as an important link between the early years of Ferrari, founded only six years before this car was built, and the introduction of the iconic 250 series that would make the marque a true legend.

All Ferraris of this vintage were hand-built by various Italian design houses, or Carrozzeria, and those done by Vignale are considered the most distinctive and finely executed; virtually no two Vignale-bodied Ferraris are exactly alike.

The 225S helped establish Ferrari’s racing reputation, with notable finishes in numerous events such as the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio and a smashing victory at the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix.

The 225S on offer here has a prestigious in-period résumé of its own, with later show victories such as a First in Class award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1979 carrying on the honors.

The winning bidder at Amelia will be getting quite an important piece of automotive history—and can expect to pay about $1.5 million for the privilege…