The 860 Monza is one of the biggest, baddest, loudest, prettiest Ferraris ever built. It’s in some outstanding company, cars like the Testa Rossas and 290MMs, but the 860 Monza stands by itself. It was big, it was hairy and it won races and championships.
Built in parallel with the 290MM, the 860 Monza shared the 290MM’s latest Tipo 520 chassis with double wishbone independent front suspension and de Dion rear suspension with the four-speed gearbox in unit with the differential. Both the 860 Monza and 290MM bodies were designed by Pinin Farina and are essentially identical in concept. The 860 Monza is the personification of the greatest Fifties Ferrari sports-racers.
Chassis ‘0604M’ was Juan-Manuel Fangio’s chosen mount for the 1956 Sebring 12 Hours which it won outright driven by the Argentine ace, earning valuable points which contributed to Ferrari taking that year’s World Sports Car Championship. It was later sold to West Coast sports car pioneer John von Neumann and raced for him by future F1 World Champion Phil Hill, European Hillclimb Champion Willy Daetwyler and upcoming American F1 talent Richie Ginther.
Its racing career over, subsequent owners included some of the most famous names in the car collecting world: Jack Nethercutt, Kirk F. White and Pierre Bardinon, followed in recent decades by Ferrari authority Jean Sage, 250GTO owners Nicolaus Springer, John Mozart and Eric Heerema and, today, one of Italy’s most respected collectors.
To quote the late Phil Hill: “Fangio was the lead driver on the works team. He could have driven anything he wanted, including the 290MM, but he ran almost every race that year in the 860 Monza.”
Today Ferrari 860 Monza ‘0604M’ is European road registered, has EU import taxes paid, has been recently restored to a high standard and is Ferrari Classiche certified. It is the Ferrari factory team’s pole setter and overall winner of the 1956 Sebring 12 Hours, driven by Eugenio Castellotti and five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio. You’d be hard pressed to find a sports-racing Ferrari with a more impressive pedigree.
It’s big, it’s bad, it’s loud, it’s pretty, and it’s a winner.