Thanks for your persistence, Jean L:
If this Monza survives today and is restored with the various features shown in the Green Valley photos, it should have:
- a small windshield
- a square rearview mirror that is part of the body
- two hood bulges [put in after the 3.5-liter upgrade]
- [signs of] a mandatory roll bar under the headrest
How many can there be, especially with that square outside mirror? It should be possible to use the process of elimination, but we are not familiar with all the surviving Monzas today.
We asked Ferrari historians in the U.S., England and France, but none has been willing to put a chassis number on the car. Your theory of Ebby Lunken, then Harry Woodnorth as previous U.S. owners did come up as a possibility. Lunken ran it at Hagertown and Nassau in 1955, and asked Gregory to drive it in another Nassau race. Afterwards Gregory responded that the car did not handle and said to get rid of it. Apparently the Lunken car ended up with Woodnorth, who raced it at Road America and Smartt Field in 1956.
A blue Monza #91 appeared at Galveston on July 7, 1957, entered by Jim Hall of Houston. He finished 3rd overall in the prelim, then gave the ride to Dale Duncan for the feature. Duncan had retired the A.V. Dayton 300S Maserati during the prelim. According to Hall's son Jimmy, Duncan forgot to turn on the electrical fuel pump and came in after the first lap. Big Jim jumped in but the car was delayed too much already for top overall position, although it won DM2. Jimmy remembers the car as an excellent handler, though.
McGuire bought the car and appeared first at Eagle Mountain in October 1957, with a 6th oa in the prelim, next with a DM3 finish at Galveston in November 1957. He also ran it in 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961, from 1959 on with the two hood bulges to clear the bigger engine.
I think that the long period of ownership by McGuire prevents it from being the Sparken Monza, chassis 0504. Some of the Ferrari historians suggest that it might be chassis 0522, a Monza sold to Portugal and wrecked, followed by a possible rebody at the factory. Nobody is sure at this point.
all research Willem Oosthoek
Edited by Jerry Entin, 02 May 2010 - 13:10.