Each day, it seems another blockbuster entry is added to RM Auctions’ Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este sale.

And with three months still to go, it’s shaping up to be a truly epic event indeed.

The latest entry is quite simply one of the most important racing Ferraris of all time.

The 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ was piloted in period by no less than three World Champion drivers: Alberto Ascari, Dr. Farina and Mike Hawthorn.


It competed in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours, the Spa 24 Hours, the Pescara 12 Hours and the Carrera Panamericana, among others.

It was on the last stage of the latter that Umberto Maglioli famously averaged 138 mph for 223 miles, finishing sixth overall and establishing a public road stage speed record that remains unbroken to this day.

Not bad at all for a 50-year-old…