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Monaco: 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype up for Auction

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

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

The ill-fated car was given a new lease of life in the 1980s, when it received a new V-8 engine and triumphantly returned to the same race. As one of just 11 examples of the 450S ever to be built, it is expected to fetch between $5.5 million and $7.5 million at next month's auction.

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