May 28, 2024

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RM Sotheby’s Offers Rare Scarab

Vintage F1 collectors take note: Here’s your rare shot at a one-of-three Scarab.

This car, s/n GP-2, is one of a trio of Scarabs built for the 1960 Formula One season. It was run at the F1 race in Monaco by Lance Reventlow and Stirling Moss, with Moss attempting to best Reventlow’s time in order to qualify among the more competitive mid-engine models that had just recently been introduced. The car was later qualified to run at Zandvoort for the Dutch GP but didn’t race, and later retired with engine problems at the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps and the French GP at Reims. 

The car later found some success in the U.S. Grand Prix and again in Europe, but a crash at Silverstone required a rebuild that didn’t happen before the demise of Reventlow Automobiles Inc. 20 years later, GP-2 was rebuilt using many original parts, and spent time at the Riverside International Automotive Museum prior to joining a private collection.

As one of only three of the original American Formula One racers, this is a rare shot for a collector, and a great way into the highest levels of vintage racing.

The car, lot 170, will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Monaco event on May 14. Learn more here.