Monaco: 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype up for Auction

Could fetch up to $7.5 million when it crosses the block.

This fabulous 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype will crossthe block this May in Monaco, where it will be offered by RM auctions and isexpected to fetch a staggering sum. The car was originally driven byStirling Moss during the 1956 Mille Miglia as a 350S. After its brakes failedand it hit a tree, Maserati restored the car to improved status - making it atest vehicle for the 450S race car. This wasn't a huge success either, and thecar crashed again, this time due to transmission issues.

The ill-fated car was given a new lease of life in the1980s, when it received a new V-8 engine and triumphantly returned to the samerace. As one of just 11 examples of the 450S ever to be built, it is expectedto fetch between $5.5 million and $7.5 million at next month’s auction.

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