At RM Auctions’ Monaco sale on May 10, punters will get the chance to bid for the 1956 Maserati 450S Prototype, as driven by Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson on the 1956 Mille Miglia.

Originally built as a six-cylinder car, before the Mille Miglia that year, Maserati installed a 5657cc V8 producing around 520bhp. Moss crashed the car following brake failure.

This car has since gained the chassis number 4501, once used on an entirely different Maserati 450S but now verified for this car. At one time the Maserati was also fitted with a Corvette V8!

Today, fully restored, the car is expected to bring in big bucks at auction.

Another interesting Italian at the same sale is the re-creation of Lancia’s justly famous D50 Grand Prix car (although we’re not that keen on its modern roll bar). Built from original plans by Tom Wheatcroft of Donington fame, the car is expected to attract bids of over one million pounds — rather less than the cost of the real thing!