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By The Admiral’s Side
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II

A 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II, owned by a single owner since 1960, will be auctioned in August by Gooding & Company as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

This particular example of Mondial, with chassis number 0556, was first sold to private racer François Picard, who requested the Scaglietti coachwork take on a light blue livery to race for France. The race car was soon back in the hands of Ferrari, racing for the team as one of the three cars in the 1955 Venezuelan Grand Prix, and took first place in its class. After going through more races it was bought by Robert Philips, an American Naval Officer in 1960. Over the years the Mondial followed the Admiral as he moved from base to base. 

As a Ferrari, the 500 Mondial has a relatively special engine — a four-cylinder one based on the 553 Grand Prix car. It was fully restored about ten years ago and since then has appeared and won in various concours events.