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September 19, 2021

This Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Once Was Powered By A Custom Offenhauser Engine? – No It Was Not

by Mike –

A Ferrari 750 Monza Spider race car is up for auction at the RM auction in Paris on 5 February 2014 and was not powered by the custom Offenhauser engine commissioned by George Tilp.

It is the Ferrari Monza that George Tilp once owned. In another Ferrari he installed the custom made Offenhauser engine that is featured for sale here on My Car Quest.

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

The estimate is €1.800.000 – €2.100.000.

RM says this,

This Monza was sold a short time later to George Tilp, of Short Hills, New Jersey, and then it began its association with one of the most important Ferrari drivers of all time, the legendary Phil Hill. At this point, Mr Hill was still primarily competing in European sports racers on the early SCCA circuit, and he was only a few short years away from his important triumphs at Le Mans and in Formula One.

On 4 July 1955, Mr Hill took 1st place at Beverly, Massachusetts, and almost four weeks later, he placed 2nd at Seafair. Hill drove the car to another chequered flag on 11 September, at the Road America 500 at Elkhart Lake, and he roared to a 2nd place finish at Hagerstown, Maryland, on 9 October. This car’s relationship with Mr Hill concluded with another 2nd place finish at the Governor’s Trophy race during the Nassau Speed Week on 9 December.

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

The RM summary,

260 bhp, 2,999 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine with two Weber 45 DCO/A3 carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle, independent front suspension with transverse leaf springs, De Dion rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes, and a tubular steel frame. Wheelbase: 2,250 mm

* Finished 5th overall at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring

* Multiple 1st place finishes; campaigned by both Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby

* Documented history by Marcel Massini

* Early example of the three-litre, four-cylinder customer sports/racing cars

* Recently restored to authentic Monza livery

The RM Auctions link for this Ferrari 750 Monza Spider is here.

Phil Hill raced this Ferrari and he also owned the Offy engine, which he later sold to Ron Kellogg, the current owner.

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

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My thanks to Carl Madson for letting me know this special Ferrari is up for auction.

Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

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