The ex-works Ferrari 625 Targa Florio two-seat Spider by Carrozzeria Vignale to be offered at Bonhams’ Monaco sale on 11 May.
Bonhams will offer a Vignale-bodied Ferrari 625 Targa Florio at Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Monaco on 11 May. Just three Targa Florios were built, and this particular ex-Works car was driven by Mike Hawthorn, Umberto Maglioli and Luis Milan in period. It’s estimated at €4,500,000-6,500,000.
With an interesting history, spending many years in South America and ending up in a Napolese scrap yard in the early 1970s, the Ferrari
625 Targa Florio is offered in well maintained condition following a full restoration in the early 2000s.
It made its racing debut at the 1953 Autodrome Grand Prix race at Monza, the 2.5-litre four-cylinder 625 was entered by Scuderia Ferrari with a young Mike Hawthorn behind the wheel. It finished strong, taking fourth place.
Following this race, the Vignale bodywork was reworked, with a slightly different front-end treatment. It is speculated that the changes, including a smaller front air intake, were carried out by Scaglietti ready for Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. It finished third, proving to be particularly capable on loosely-surfaced mountain roads.
Sold to Argentinean racer Luis Milán, the the Targa Florio was raced extensively following a full rebuild and upgrade at the factory. This included a new 2.9-litre engine, producing almost 200bhp, as well as a full repaint in maroon with grey lower sides.
After racing with moderate success in various South American events, the 625 was then sold to Alvaro Piano, a Portuguese banker based in Buenos Aires in 1956. Piano continued to campaign the car in many of the same Brazilian and Argentinian races, including third place finishes in the Premio Cinquentenario, the Rafaela 500-Miles and Primavera race at BA Autodrome.
Following’s Piano death in 1958, Argentine driver Nestor Salerno bought the 625, and drove it into second place in the 1959 San Carlos race at Colonia and third in the 1960 Premio 1810 at BA Autodrome. It continued racing until 1962, when it was sold – along with a 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre engine – to César Rivero. At this point, the 675 Targa Florio was ten years old and was still putting in solid results, but was soon exported back to Italy.
Rediscovered during the early 1970s, the years had taken their toll. Rescued from a scrapyard in Naples, the Targa Florio was in rough shape and had been fitted with a non-original V12. Thankfully, the alloy body was complete.
The new owner sourced a Tipo 555 F1 engine, restored the bodywork, and competed in the 194 and 1986 Mille Miglia. It was sold to the UK in 1988, and then moved on to its current owner in 2002. It has since been extensively restored by Carrozzeria Nova Rinascente in Vigonza near Padua, and has raced in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Mille Miglia, Le Mitiche Sport a Bassano and the Tour Auto.