Ferrari 333 SP Evoluzione is "The American Dream"

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This 650 horsepower Ferrari 333 SP could sell for well over $1 million at the Monterey auction this weekend.

Ferrari is an automaker that doesn't take any chances when it comes to motorsport. Point being, it won't participate if it doesn't believe it can win. It's that simple. But back in the mid-Nineties, the Italian automaker decided to reenter the world of sports car racing in the US. Specifically, it wanted to compete in the IMSA World Series Sports Car Championship and work for the car itself began. What you see before you is the final result, the 333 SP Evoluzione, nicknamed "The American Dream".

The intention was to market it to private racing teams. Built on a carbon fiber composite chassis, it was powered by a modified version of the F50's 4.7-liter V12 that was reduced to a 4.0-liter according to IMSA rules. The car took part in several US racing events before finding its way to Europe where it found its niche in motorsport. It ended its racing career in 2001 when production came to an end. Chassis number 013, which was actually the 14th one built out of 333, was selected by Pirelli to grace its stand at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show, and just a month later was displayed at the Turin Auto Salon.

It later ended up in the hands of a Ferrari collector from Mexico who stored it in Houston, Texas, but the car never raced. It only was only tested in 2008 at an event at Laguna Seca. Because of this, it's in meticulous condition. It has 18" wheels, Brembo brakes and many other unique upgrades. RM Auctions estimates that it'll sell for between $1,250,000 and $1,500,000 when it hits the block this weekend at Monterey. Photos courtesy of Neil Fraser.

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